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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New laundry offers flexible service

Edwards Laundry Services

has launched in Holsworthy to

provide tailored and bespoke

services for holiday let owners,

hotels and property management


The company is owned

by Amy Parker and David

Drewery, and named after

their 10-month-old son.

“For the past seven years

I have been managing local

holiday let properties,” says

Amy. “Throughout the years

laundry has always been an

issue. Either the larger companies

were not interested, due

to not having an order over

£500 a week, or I would be put

into a contract where we were

builder Phil Cook, SD Martin

Plumbing and Heating, Terry

Graves Electrical and North

Cornwall Bottled Gas and

Solid Fuel Centre.

The response to the service

has been enthusiastic and

customers include hotels and

holiday companies.

“We do not tie companies

into a contract,” says Amy.

“I believe our customers

stay with us because we give

them a good service and

quality. We understand that

everyone’s requirements will be

different, which is why we offer

tailored and bespoke laundry

services to all our customers.”

Amy adds that all staff have

charged even if we were quiet.

previously worked either with

Bespoke laundry services: (from left) David Drewery and Amy Parker

“Three years ago, I started

holiday lets or in hotels so

my own laundering and

bought linen and towels for

a property in Bude. Over the

years, due to demand, it has

just grown.”

Dave adds, “It’s a new

adventure and an act of faith

in Amy and her staff.

“I saw the amount of

laundry Amy and her staff

would have to do and at times

I was found at the ironing

board, ironing for hours. We

decided to open a laundry

business and employ local


Amy and Dave acquired

their 2,100 sq. ft. premises on

Holsworthy Industrial Estate

in late June. They are grateful

to a range of local suppliers

who helped them prepare

to launch Edwards Laundry

Services in July, including

they care and understand how

important it is to have clean

bedding and that the tablecloths

in a hotel or restaurant

have to have lines that match

up to look right.

■■Details 01409 259872 or

Smart people have too much power

Smart people have too much

power is the topic of the latest

Clovelly Lecture on Saturday

12 October at Clovelly.

The talk will be presented

by David Goodhart, who will

examine ‘Democracy in Crisis

– Understanding Political

Disaffection in the West’. As

an influential journalist and

head of the Demography,

Immigration and Integration

Unit at the think tank Policy

Exchange, Goodhart will lead

the discussion, which will

provide the opportunity for

the audience to ask questions

directly on some of the

most important issues of the

current time.

David Goodhart founded,

current affairs magazine Prospect

in 1995, was director of

the London-based think tank

Demos and took up his Policy

Exchange role in 2017. He has

been a correspondent for the

Financial Times, has written

for The Times, The Independent

and The Guardian and

presented documentaries for

BBC Radio 4.

The purpose of Clovelly

Lectures is to provide information

on policy directions

for making informed choices.

They aim to bring influential

people out of the corridors of

power and into a more relaxed

setting where people can meet

them and hear what they have

to say.

The David Goodhart event

includes reception, lecture,

debate and optional dinner.

It runs from 6.00pm from

8.20pm with the dinner

running until 10.30pm.

■■Book on 01237 431200 or

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