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 The Sign Maker returned to BBxpo with its stand packed with the many varieties of signs it manufactures in North Devon Safety Supplies Direct exhibited a small sample of all the products available from its Pottington store and through its web site Robin Glover of Towergate discussed its range of business insurance services including cyber insurance Free online training: (from left) Alan Williams with Google Digital Garage trainer Silvia Paloschi and Robert Zarywacz Plumbing supplies for trade and homeowners from Barnstaple and Ilfracombe Steve Bearman started Bearman’s Plumbing Centre at Mullacott when, as a plumber, he had to drive to Barnstaple every time he wanted a specific item. He exhibited at BBxpo to promote both the branches he operates, having also opened up in Brannam Crescent, Barnstaple. Customers are mostly plumbers and heating engineers, although more DIYers are buying from the stores and Steve is looking to increase this trade. He finds his experience and knowledge as an ex-plumber a great advantage in that plumbers and DIYers feel confident in asking him for advice about products. Product knowledge is essential in this business. Bearman’s specialises in stocking or obtaining items that most plumbers merchants do not. As well as the products most customers expect, it carries more unusual items, such as tap cartridges, shower spares and a greater variety of fittings, and it has the ability to source almost everything plumbing and heating related. 12 business action | December2019 / January2020 | business-action.co.uk
BBxpo Thank you Alan and Robert would like to thank Andy Francis at Tarkatography for capturing the day’s activities in the photos featured on these pages – find more details of Andy’s photographic services at tarkatography.co.uk. We would also to thank Paulo Symons for recording and editing the BBxpo video, which is now available on the BBxpo web site, YouTube and other sites – find more details of Paulo’s video marketing services at panotion.co.uk. Thank you too to Marley Comms for supplying wifi for the event – find out details of Marley Comms at marleycomms.co.uk. And, finally, thank you to all our exhibitors, presenters and visitors – we hope to see you all again next year at BBxpo 2020. Book for 2020 at bbxpo.uk The Peak Online team ran a champagne prize draw at BBxpo Sponsorship deal: (from left) Andrew Bowers of Peak Online with Theresa Soanes, show secretary for the North Devon Show New web site for North Devon Show BBxpo exhibitor Peak Online has partnered with the North Devon Show with a five-year web site sponsorship deal. The web site is a pivotal marketing tool for the show and with continued mobile use increasing, it was time to act in time for the 2020 show. Show secretary Theresa Soanes says: “The North Devon Show continues to invest in improvements to the show and we are delighted to work with Andrew from Peak Online, and thank them for their valued sponsorship and support.” Andrew Bowers of Peak Online says: “Peak Online is excited to announce the fiveyear web site sponsorship deal with the North Devon Show. “It works out to be a great deal for both parties. They were in need of a web site upgrade and in return it’s great exposure for Peak Online to the North Devon community. “The deal includes a new responsive web site and ongoing support to maintain its presence for years to come. “I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone involved with the show at the AGM in February next year.” BBxpo experience Commenting on BBxpo, Andrew says: “This was Peak Online’s first BBxpo and we will definitely return for 2020. Everyone involved was very friendly and welcoming. It gave us the platform to reach out to North Devon businesses and discuss how we can help them with their web sites and digital marketing strategies. “We have already began working with a few new clients because of our stand and hopefully a few more will follow. I would like to thank Robert and Alan for putting on a fantastic show.” ■■Details 01237 721256 or northdevon.peak-online.uk.com Cranford Business Services Limited www.accountsindevon.co.uk Old Stone, Cranford, Bideford, Devon, EX39 5QW 07896 204 857 Does your accountant... Listen to you and act on your needs? Explain your accounts in terms you understand? Arrange meeting at your convenience? Leaving you free to concentrate on what you do best! @businessactionm | December2019 / January2020 | business action 13