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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SMALL BUSINESS 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 December – BusinessAction 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 smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com 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 10to1m.co.uk MicroBizMatters Day Another day that celebrates and supports small businesses employing 0–9 people is #MicroBizMatters Day on Friday 11 January2020. 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. ■■Visit microbizmatters.co.uk 4 business action | December2019 / January2020 | business-action.co.uk
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 grandchildren. “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 SMALL BUSINESS 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 getmarketingfix.co.uk 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 compostable. 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 darlingsnaturalhealth.com Call 01271 326694. email@example.com visit www.boomboommedia.co.uk @businessactionm | December2019 / January2020 | business action 5