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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With the trend for eliminating

unnecessary packaging

growing fast, Chris and Gill

Darling have brought the

concept to Ilfracombe High

Street by opening Darlings

Natural Health.

“My background is in the

health business,” says Gill.

“I owned a health clinic

from 2000, then managed a

health food store in Buckinghamshire.

I have completed

many courses covering the

use and recommendation of

vitamins and minerals. My

qualifications include diet and

nutrition, counselling and

aromatherapy, and I became a

Reiki Healer in 2004, qualifying

as a Master in 2018.

“Both Chris and I have

family in Ilfracombe and I

used to live in Bideford and

then Fremington in the 1980s

before moving to Buckinghamshire.

We always planned

to return to Devon and finally

decided the time was right for

a new challenge.

“We are both passionate

about looking after ourselves

and the planet. Like most

people we are horrified

with the damage to our

planet with the overuse of

single-use plastic. We want a

better environment for our


“Our aim is to encourage

people to stop using singleuse

plastic, to look after their

health, and stop or reduce the

reliance on pharmaceutical

drugs and antibiotics. We all

need to look after our planet,

sea and air.”

The ethos of Darlings

Natural Health is to encourage

and help customers to do this.

It stocks a range of organic


Refill store offers natural

products for a healthy life

Chris Darling of Darlings Natural Health in Ilfracombe

oats, nuts, seeds, pulses,

pasta and dried fruits, and

encourages customers to bring

their own containers and

refill them. Household refills

include washing-up liquid,

laundry liquid, softener,

toilet cleaner, multi-purpose

cleaner and sanitiser. Again,

customers can bring their own

containers to refill.

The personal range

comprises mainly Faith in

Nature shampoo, conditioner,

body wash and hand wash.

Marketing fix for small businesses

North Devon’s community

attracts many people to start

their own business here. After

spotting a gap in the market,

Kerrie Anson has launched her

new business: Marketing Fix.

“Growing up in Ilfracombe

and starting out working for

the local theatres, I have always

been drawn to immersing

myself in the local community

with projects such as connecting

the theatres to local schools,”

says Kerrie. “Getting back to

what I love and working in the

community again was important

to me and I noticed that

there are plenty of wonderful

local businesses, but that some

lack the ability to fully market

themselves. At Marketing Fix I

love working with sole traders

looking to raise their business

profile with digital marketing.

This could be social media,

email marketing, web site

creation or content creation,

all of which are my areas of

strength, having worked in the

industry for nine years.

“My aim for 2020 is to work

with more businesses who need

a Marketing Fix. There are not

enough hours in the day when

running a business on your own

or with a small team. Marketing

Fix can be that helping hand.”

■■Details 07814 338170 or

The focus is on products

that are cruelty-free and

100% natural with no SLS

or parabens. The pre-packed

range Just Natural uses plasticfree

packaging that is plant

based and officially certified


The store’s range continues

to grow and plans include

installing at least 10 more

refill units, a Reiki room and

a free healing centre.

Chris and Gill say the

business has received a good

response in their first month

and is growing gradually as

people get used to having a

refill shop in the high street.

They are currently developing

their web site and are looking

to offer a local retail / wholesale

delivery service. They

already sell on eBay but will

also open their own online

store as well.

Gill adds: “We love local

produce and would like to

increase our range. At present

we have Ilfracombe honey and

Woolacombe organic eggs.

We are also looking to start

in-store demonstrations from

our suppliers.”

■■Details 07484 747068 or

Call 01271 326694.


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