December 2019 / January 2020 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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BBxpo Clarity Copiers North Devon has supported both BBxpo events (from left) organisers Alan Williams and Robert Zarywacz at BBxpo On Thursday 24 October, organisers Alan Williams and Robert Zarywacz welcomed exhibitors and visitors from North Devon and far afield to the second Bideford Business Expo at Devon Hall, Bideford College. BBxpo was Alan’s idea and the pair organised the first event in 2018 to favourable response and were determined to make this year’s event bigger and better. “We’re grateful to exhibitors like Paul O’Brien of Clarity Copiers, who was the first exhibitor in 2018 to book his stand for this year and promoted it widely at networking events,” says Alan. This year’s event featured a business exhibition, presentations and the famous free networking buffet – the largest free lunch in North Devon. “We’d like to thank Bideford College for their warm welcome and excellent facilities and we look forward to BBxpo returning in 2020,” says Robert. Book for 2020 and enjoy earlybird prices If you missed out this year – BBxpo will return on Thursday 29 October 2020 and stand space is available to book now. Book and pay for a small stand for £75 or a large stand for £125 before 30 April 2020 to enjoy earlybird prices, at the same level as this year’s. Stand prices will increase to £85 and £145 from 1 May. Book for 2020 at bbxpo.uk The team from Marsdens Devon Cottages brighten up the event The team from Petroc offered advice on apprenticeships 10 business action | December2019 / January2020 | business-action.co.uk
BBxpo Finance providers network at BBxpo Bringing businesses together through networking One of the main aims of BBxpo is to provide opportunities for networking and to build new relationships. Co-organiser Alan Williams was delighted to be able to introduce a number of finance providers from across the South West. SWIG Finance was an exhibitor at the show, while Jeannie Cain from ASC had travelled from Truro, and Emily Gibson and Mary MacMillan of Leasing Programmes had travelled from Wellington. “Mary and I found BBxpo very beneficial,” says Emily. “We were instantly welcomed by Alan and introduced to people we could connect with. There was a good mix of businesses exhibiting, and all were friendly and approachable. The seminars were well thought out and the ones we attended worthwhile and helpful to our business. We would love to a part of next year’s.” Jeannie says: “I found it very worthwhile. I caught up with a few old contacts and developed some great new connections too. I was particularly impressed with the diverse businesses in attendance, and the incredible amount of energy and engagement from all the exhibitors. ASC Finance for Business are very much looking forward to securing more finance for businesses in North Devon.” Advice on all aspects of business Finding business advice can be a challenge in North Devon and a number of support agencies and business consultancies were present to discuss help and support available. From Petroc discussing how apprenticeships can help businesses to the Heart of the South West Growth Hub showcasing the range of support available across the region, there were many opportunities for businesses to find the advice they needed. Jobcentre Plus attended for a second year to raise awareness of the Disability Confident programme that helps businesses discover the pool of untapped talent that disabled people offer as employees. And consultancies such as Fitzgerald HR showcased how they help employers manage, develop and retain their people. Deep in conversation at the SWIG Finance stand Fitzgerald HR was on hand to discuss managing and developing people The Heart of the South West Growth Hub promoted business support on offer Jobcentre Plus offered advice on the Disability Confident programme @businessactionm | December2019 / January2020 | business action 11