Business Action | February / March 2020


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.




You have to be in it to win it

On Thursday 5 December

2019, Alan Williams and

Robert Zarywacz shared

copies of Business Action with

businesses from across the UK

at Small Business Saturday’s

House of Lords reception for its

#SmallBiz100 winners.

Business Action 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:


Robert Zarywacz

Editor, Designer & Publisher

t: 07971 176044



1. Enter the Business Action

Awards – 11 categories

covering every type of business

– see page 10.

Alan Williams

Advertising, Distribution & Publisher

t: 07970 671192


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 Business

Action 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 Business

Action for you.





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 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 Business Action

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


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

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