Business Action | October / November 2019

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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. Business Action Plan and magazine subscribers receive priority access of new issues of Business Action on publication. Subscribe at http://www.business-action.co.uk/plans

NEWS

Do you need to be based in

a city to run a digital agency

with customers across the

world? Andrew Bowers of

Peak Online has proved that

you don’t. Originally from

Wales, Andrew now lives in

North Devon and has moved

his business here too.

Andrew started his

first business 10 years ago,

building web sites for local

businesses in Wales. In 2014,

he travelled to Hong Kong,

where a friend was based. On

his first visit, he signed up his

first international client and

started Peak Online. Since

then, Andrew has developed it

into an international web site

design and digital marketing

business servicing clients

across the world.

“Now I go to Hong Kong

every year and see as many

people as possible to sign up

new customers,” says Andrew.

“Over the years, clients don’t

need to see me and I can

contact them by Skype.”

As well as working with

Farmers group’s fifth anniversary

Exmoor Hill Farming Network

(EHFN) is celebrating its fifth

anniversary. The independent,

farmer-led group was launched

in 2014 to improve the viability

and sustainability of Exmoor

farming businesses through

knowledge transfer, peer-group

support, training, and co-operation

to safeguard upland

farming, rural employment and

landscape management.

EHFN is based at Cutcombe

Market and aims to be the

‘go-to hub’ for the farming

community, supporting some

300 farming businesses in and

around Exmoor.

EHFN organises a wide

range of events for farmers to

learn, share and collaborate

through a mix of discussion

groups, visits, and specialist

knowledge / training events.

Exceptional service

drives digital agency

Recently, members and the

National Park Authority have

produced ‘Exmoor’s Ambition’.

These proposals advocate a

new approach to enhancing

the internationally important

landscapes and the many public

benefits that good farming and

other land managing businesses

can provide. They comprise a

co-ordinated set of locally delivered

and accountable measures

to enhance the environment,

economy and public wellbeing.

Network chairman Dave

Knight says, “Because this has

been a farmer-based approach,

backed by the National Park

Authority and the local

community, we have got a

groundswell of local farming

support for this initiative.”

■■Details 01643 841455 or

exmoorhillfarmingnetwork.org.uk

Andrew Bowers of Peak Online

clients in Hong Kong and

Australia, Andrew also works

with design and marketing

professionals across the world

so that his business operates

truly internationally.

“I have a formula of things

I expect from professionals,

including speed of response,

honesty, reliability and their

ability to deliver. I like to build

up trust with all the people I

work with.”

Peak Online’s services

range from Wordpress and

Magento web site design and

development to ecommerce,

app development, digital

marketing, copywriting, translation

and graphic design.

In addition to clients

abroad and in Wales, Andrew

is keen to become part of

the North Devon business

community and to work with

more customers here. Peak

Online already manages web

sites for World of Wonder

at Affinity and Mono Stereo

Records in Bideford.

Andrew is not only

interested in the business side,

but also has a long history of

involvement with community

and helps Neath Port Talbot

Mind with its web site.

“I like to get involved with

the local community and I

like to work with people who

complement my business.”

While digital and design

skills are essential to his business,

Andrew emphasises that

Peak Online’s success is due to

its exceptionally high level of

customer service.

“We help customers improve

their businesses because we

care about their businesses.”

■■Details 01237 721256 or

northdevon.peak-online.uk.com

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