Business Action | December 2019 / January 2020

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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

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

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