February / March 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 Business Action Awards 2020, North Devon's independent business awards.
ENTERPRISE business ACTION You have to be in it to win it On Thursday 5 December 2019, Alan Williams and Robert Zarywacz shared copies of BusinessAction with businesses from across the UK at Small Business Saturday’s House of Lords reception for its #SmallBiz100 winners. BusinessAction was only able to win because we entered. We won in 2019, so which North Devon business can win in 2020? We’ll only have another winner if you enter. That is why we have launched our own business awards – to encourage more North Devon businesses to seek recognition by entering the many sector and regional, national and international business awards programmes. If you haven’t ever entered an award or think that you have no chance of winning, you need to do two things: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY #SMALLBIZ100 Robert Zarywacz Editor, Designer & Publisher t: 07971 176044 e: email@example.com @robertz 1. Enter the BusinessAction Awards – 11 categories covering every type of business – see page 10. Alan Williams Advertising, Distribution & Publisher t: 07970 671192 e: firstname.lastname@example.org 2. Read Denise O’Leary’s book ‘WINNING – How to Win Business Awards’ – see page 17 to read Denise’s top tips on entering awards and a review of her book. In the spotlight We hope our awards will inspire you to put your business in the spotlight, locally and further afield. At the same time, we will continue to feature businesses across the area in this magazine and look forward to even more stories of achievement in 2020. We think what makes BusinessAction different is that we include all businesses, from individuals just starting out to bigger, established business. We don’t charge for editorial coverage, as we believe in publishing stories that deserve to be told. That is why we are so grateful to all our advertisers who enable us to publish BusinessAction for you. BUSINESS DIRECTORY BUSINESS SUPPORT Many businesses are worried about the implications of employing an individual with a disability when they can often be the most committed employees, needing less practical adjustments in the workplace than imagined. Devon’s ‘Be Ready’ Employer Hub is launching in April to help employers take on more people with disabilities for the benefit of both. It will also help businesses tap into the Purple Pound – the £249 billion a year that disabled people, their families and friends spend with businesses. Read about how ‘Be Ready’ can help your business. >>> PAGE 5 Promoting your business without spending a fortune is what many businesses seek, especially when starting up. We’re now developing our business directory in this magazine, which gives you a listing including contact details for six issues (over one year) for £50. Businesses also receive a listing at needitfindit.uk as well as a copy of each magazine mailed direct to their address every two months. All our promotional packages are designed to be affordable so that any business can promote themselves throughout the year. >>> PAGE 9 Awards offer an opportunity to promote your business more widely and the BusinessAction Awards offer 11 categories for you to enter. These are outlined in this section so that you can see which awards are suitable for you to enter. Businesses based in or operating in North Devon can enter as many categories as they like. There are also profiles of our generous awards sponsors, without whom these awards would not take place. Plus there’s tips on entering awards if you have never put your business forward before. Good luck! Development is vital for every business and there is a wide range of events and training available from a number of organisations. This issue we focus on food and drink events hosted by the Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe to increase support for local foods producers. We also feature two Devon Chamber initiatives covering finance and international trade training. Plus there’s a number of events at Petroc, including the launch of its new Cotie technology centre, its apprenticeship event and regular business drop-in sessions. >>> PAGES 10 – 17 >>> PAGES 20 – 21 @businessactionm | February / March2020 | business action 1