Business Action | October / November 2019


October / November 2019 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news about business and enterprise in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton, Chulmleigh, Combe Martin, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe, Lynmouth, Lynton, South Molton, Torrington, Woolacombe and more.

This issue includes the event guide for the BBxpo business exhibition and networking event in Bideford on Thursday 24 October 2019.

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Building a prosperous economy

When we launched Business

Action in February this year,

it was with the idea of raising

awareness of businesses in

and around North Devon and

supporting their growth and


Seven months later, we are

astounded at the response to

the magazine and the support

from local businesses. We are

also surprised and delighted

that we have been selected as

the only business in Devon to

be included in Small Business

Saturday’s #SmallBiz100 – 100

businesses from across the

country chosen to represent

and support small businesses.

In fact, events overtook us.

We were already organising

our BBxpo business exhibition

and networking event

on Thursday 24 October

2019 and had created North

Devon Enterprise Day to help


Alan Williams

Advertising, Distribution & Publisher

t: 07970 671192


businesses take advantage of

national initiatives such as

Small Business Saturday, which

provide free resources and

infrastructure to support them.

Selection for #SmallBiz100 took

this a step further and in order

to maximise this opportunity

for all businesses in the area,


Robert Zarywacz

Editor, Designer & Publisher

t: 07971 176044



we have launched the #10to1m

initiative to encourage not only

businesses, but also consumers

to change their buying habits.

Let’s make it a habit always to

ask where we can purchase

a product or service locally

before resorting to a national

business or online giant.

The take-up of these initiatives

by enthusiastic business

owners is very exciting and we

want to encourage you to join

in with us. Everyone benefits

if we inject money back into

our economy by switching to

buying locally whenever we

can – businesses thrive, jobs are

maintained and created, and

prosperity increases through

the community.

We thank all our supporters,

especially our advertisers,

without whom this magazine

would not exist. To support us,

please consider taking out one

of our affordable advertising

plans for your business. We

also thank all our contributors

and readers.

We do hope you enjoy this

issue and participate in all

the initiatives below for the

benefit of your business, your

employees and the whole area.

Small Business Saturday

is the national campaign to

encourage people to support

local businesses on the first

Saturday of December – this

year on 7 December.

Business Action is delighted

to have been selected as one of

the campaign’s #SmallBiz100

for 2019 – one of 100 businesses

across the UK chosen to

represent the campaign and the

only one in Devon.

We will be working hard

during the coming months

to encourage all small businesses

to join in Small Business

Saturday – campaign registration

and resources are free.

>>> PAGE 6

From 10 to a million – that’s

what we can achieve if just

over half the population of

North Devon and Torridge

switch £10 of spending from

an online giant or national

company to a local business on

one day – £1 million.

Sounds crazy, but it is

achievable. All we have to do is

to each pause before we make

any purchase – either personal

or for business – and consider

whether we can buy from a

local business.

And when we do buy

locally to share it with the

#10to1m hashtag.

Let’s do it!

>>> PAGE 7

BBxpo is North Devon’s

biggest business-to-business

exhibition and networking

event and will open its doors

to visitors on Thursday 24

October 2019 at Devon Hall,

Bideford College.

Register your free place(s)


to attend the business exhibition

and the presentation

programme, which includes

two sessions from the Google

Digital Garage.

The event culminates in

the biggest free lunch in

North Devon – our famous

networking buffet.

See you there!

The first North Devon

Enterprise Day is on Thursday

24 October – the same day as

BBxpo – and aims to celebrate,

inspire and encourage entrepreneurs

across North Devon.

Book for the session at

BBxpo to join in the group

discussion on how entrepreneurs

can work together to

provide support for each other

and build a stronger North

Devon economy.

Join our North Devon

Enterprise Wave and demonstrate

how you are investing,

expanding and succeeding in

developing your business in

North Devon.

>>> PAGE 9 >>> PAGE 11

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