Business Action | December 2019 / January 2020


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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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 Business Action,

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


Alan Williams

Advertising, Distribution & Publisher

t: 07970 671192


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


Robert Zarywacz

Editor, Designer & Publisher

t: 07971 176044



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 Business Action,

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


➤➤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 Business

Action 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.



Small Business Saturday is

the national campaign to build

support for small businesses –

this year on 7 December.

Register to join for free at

Business Action 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

>>> 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 Business

Action’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

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