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.


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Be Ready to attract more Purple Pounds

Devon’s ‘Be Ready’ Employer

Hub service is preparing its

formal launch around the

county with an event planned

for Barnstaple in April when

North Devon businesses, charities

and social enterprises are

invited to find out how it can

help them – watch for the date

here in Business Action.

The ‘Be Ready’ Employer

Hub aims to help employers

understand how they can

provide meaningful employment

opportunities for people

with a disability or long-term

health condition. Along with

practical assistance (via online

info hub and telephone helpline),

learning opportunities

(disability awareness training)

and networking opportunities

– all free – it will share facts and

figures to overcome the misconceptions

about employing

people with disabilities.

Did you know?

➤➤According to the Government’s

2018 Family

Resource Survey, there are

13.9 million disabled people

in the UK (ie individuals

who reported they have

a disability, which means

the actual number will be

higher). In the South West,

20% of the population are

disabled (just slightly below

the UK’s 21%).

➤➤In 2019, 7.6 million people

of working age (16-64)

reported having a disability

– 18% of the working age

population. BUT disabled

people have a much higher

rate of unemployment (8.0%

in January-March 2019

compared with 3.3% for

people without disabilities).

The majority of disabled

people want to work.

➤➤83% of disabilities are

gained while of working age.

➤➤By the year 2030, 40% of

working age adults will have

a long-term health condition.

If you think your business

would have to make big

changes to employ a person

with a disability, think again.

What do you think of

when the word ‘disability’ is

mentioned? Most of us think of

someone in a wheelchair – but

less than 10% of disabled people

are wheelchair users. 80% of

disabled people have invisible or

hidden disabilities (eg hearing

loss, Crohn’s and Colitis). And

often the changes needed are

minor – just as adaptations are

made for anyone joining as a

new employee.

Are you missing sales?

How well do you know your

customers? If a fifth of the UK

population has a disability,

how many of your existing

customers have a disability?

The ‘Be Ready’ Employer

Hub will also show businesses

how to access the ‘Purple

Pound’ market. This is the

spending power of disabled

people, their family and

friends, worth £249 billion a

year. By ignoring the needs of

disabled people, businesses are

losing money without knowing

it. For example, how accessible

is your web site? Up to 75% of

potential customers who are

disabled have walked away

from shops or clicked away

from web sites because of the

barriers put in their way.

Want to know more?

Get in touch with Debbie Stafford

(debbie.stafford@devon. or project co-ordinator

Sue Windley (susan.windley@


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need to grow your North

Devon business?

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