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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ENTERPRISE business ACTION Future success is in your hands Can we do it? Yes, we have! From Alan Williams’ idea to hold a business exhibition came BBxpo in October 2018. From that first BBxpo event came the drive to publish the first issue of BusinessAction, in February this year, after Robert Zarywacz had been thinking about it. Here we are a year later, having held the second, more successful BBxpo and having published our first year’s worth of magazines. Did we have a plan? Sort of, but, more importantly, we had a vision and the determination to achieve it. We have adapted our plan, so that we started out with big ideas for North Devon Enterprise Day, but diverted our energies when selected as one of Small Business Saturday’s #SmallBiz100 from businesses ADVERTISING Alan Williams Advertising, Distribution & Publisher t: 07970 671192 e: email@example.com across the UK. It’s essential to be flexible in business so that you can adapt to changing circumstances and take up unexpected opportunities. Can you do it? Yes, you can! How about your business? Is it doing well or do you need EDITORIAL Robert Zarywacz Editor, Designer & Publisher t: 07971 176044 e: firstname.lastname@example.org @robertz to work on it to achieve your goals? Actually, everyone needs to work on their business. If we can make a success of BBxpo and BusinessAction, we believe anyone can succeed when they put their mind to it and we are pleased to support North Devon entrepreneurs. Use all available resources There are many initiatives and sources of help for your business – use them all: ➤➤Small Business Saturday ➤ ➤£10 to £1 million ➤➤Support agencies ➤➤Networking ➤➤And more . . . Running a business in uncertain times requires us to be vigilant and positive. Remember that every other business is experiencing the same uncertainty as you and none of us is alone. North Devon is a business powerhouse and BusinessAction is here to shout about it. We believe 2020 will bring many opportunities, so let’s prepare to take these up and make a success of them. FOCUS ON MANUFACTURING Small Business Saturday is the national campaign to build support for small businesses – this year on 7 December. Register to join for free at smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com BusinessAction has been selected as a #SmallBiz100 – one of 100 UK businesses – and will represent North Devon at a House of Lords reception. In this issue we celebrate small businesses across North Devon. We will also be active on social media on the day and running a competition with a prize of free PR advice for businesses – follow us on social media for a chance to win. >>> PAGES 4 – 9 BBxpo is North Devon’s biggest business-to-business exhibition and networking event and opened its doors to visitors on Thursday 24 October 2019. Read about the businesses who exhibited, visited, attended the free presentations and training, and enjoyed networking over the biggest free lunch in North Devon. BBxpo returns for its third year on Thursday 29 October 2020. Past exhibitors are already keen to rebook their stands, so contact us now to ensure your place – book stands online at bbxpo.uk. >>> PAGES 10 – 13 Manufacturing is a key sector contributing substantially to the success of the North Devon economy, but it is sometimes forgotten because much of this activity takes place hidden from view in large buildings tucked away on business parks. It has always been BusinessAction’s intention to give manufacturers the publicity they deserve and in this issue we make several site visits to learn about their achievements. If you are a manufacturer and would welcome a site visit and interview for a future article, please contact us. We’ll be pleased to visit. From 10 to a million – that’s what we can achieve if just over half the population of North Devon and Torridge switch £10 of spending from an online giant or national company to a local business on one day – £1 million. Sounds crazy, but it is achievable. All we have to do is pause before we make any purchase – either personal or for business – and consider whether we can buy from a local business. And when we do buy locally to share it with the #10to1m hashtag. Let’s do it! >>> PAGES 14 – 17 >>> PAGE 22 @businessactionm | December2019 / January2020 | business action 1