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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Register your business No nonsense health & safety

As a #SmallBiz100 – one

of 100 businesses in the UK

selected to promote Small

Business Saturday on 7

DecemberBusiness Action

urges all small businesses in

North Devon to join the campaign

and for all consumers to

support their small businesses.

If you miss it for 2019,

register for 2020 – small businesses

need support 365 days

of the year.

Registering enables your

business to be featured on

the Small Business Saturday

map to promote you, as

well as giving you access to

marketing materials including

a downloadable poster you

can print out. There is also a

Small Business Saturday app

and you can send details of

any special events you plan

for Small Business Saturday to

the campaign to be shared on

social media.

You might even want to

consider applying for the

#SmallBiz100 yourself in 2020

– we are the only business

selected in Devon and we need

more businesses to represent

the county in future years.

Social media

We’ll be tweeting from

@businessactionm before

and on the day and you can

follow @SmallBizSatUK and

use hashtag #SmallBizSatUK.

We’ll also post on Facebook,

Instagram and LinkedIn.

■■Register your business and

benefit from the campaign at

Health and safety doesn’t have

to be so complicated that it

limits businesses in what they

do, according to health and

safety consultant Jane Bass.

Jane, who moved to Combe

Martin from the Midlands,

has considerable experience

of delivering health and safety

consultancy and training, and

has enjoyed roles with a further

education college, a printing

equipment supplier and with a

national consultancy. Now she

has started her own business:

JI Health & Safety Consultancy.

Jane believes health and

safety need not be a burden

for businesses and applies a

common sense approach. She

aims to build trust with clients

so that she can offer informal,

friendly advice. Her qualifications

include the NEBOSH

National Diploma in Occupational

Health and Safety and

Small Business Saturday is

a valuable initiative and to

maintain support for small

and local businesses all year

round, we’ve launched the

‘£10 to £1 million’ campaign

to encourage buyers to switch

spending to local providers.

Anyone can join in for free

– all you have to do is post on

social media channels whenever

you buy local and add the

hashtag #10to1m.

See details on the back

cover, which you can also

use to display as a poster or

National General Certificate,

and she has delivered training

herself on topics including

manual handling, working at

height, fire warden and fire

safety, accident reporting and

investigation. With a particular

interest in training director and

senior management teams in

legal compliance, she has also

delivered the Institution of

Occupational Safety and Health

(IOSH) Managing Safely course.

Now aiming to focus on

delivering services locally in

North Devon and the South

West, Jane says: “I would like

to expand my business and can

offer a wide range of services

including health and safety

audits, assistance with implementing

tailored management

systems, including the provision

of documentation, and

training and assistance with the

Contractors Health and Safety

Assessment Scheme (CHAS)

and Safety Schemes In Procurement

(SSIP) accreditations.”

While getting to grips with

health and safety may feel

daunting, Jane assures that

“taking a sensible step-by-step

approach will help employers

to fulfil their legal duty to

protect staff.”

■■Details 07732 328222

Support small and local

businesses all year round

download one from the web

site at

MicroBizMatters Day

Another day that celebrates

and supports small businesses

employing 0–9 people

is #MicroBizMatters Day on

Friday 11 January 2020.

Organised by micro business

champion Tony Robinson

OBE and Tina Boden, this

year’s event takes place in

Hull, but any business can join

in anywhere.


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