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Business Action | Autumn 2022

Autumn 2022 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news on business and enterprise in the area. This issue includes the event guide to BBxpo exhibition in Bideford, local business resources and other business news.

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CONTENTS WELCOME HEADER

business

ACTION

THE SUPPORT YOU NEED

FROM YOUR EDITOR

Robert Zarywacz

Editor & Publisher

t: 07971 176044

e: robertz@business-action.co.uk

@robertz

CONTENTS

Queen Elizabeth II

Bythetimethisissueis

published,thefuneralofHer

MajestyQueenElizabethIIwill

havetakenplace.

Nevertheless,weexpressour

sadnessandsendoursincerest

condolencestotheRoyalFamily.

King Charles III

Wealsosendourheartfelt

congratulationstoHisMajesty

KingCharlesIIIonhis

accessiontothethrone.

A whirlwind of change

Whatathreemonthsithas

beensinceourlastissue.

First,thesuddenchangeof

PrimeMinister.

Vol 4 Issue 3 – Autumn 2022 – distribution 2,000

Welcome................................................................................................................. ii

News: New vineyard and visitor venue takes root............................... 1

News: Manufacturing winners announced.............................................. 1

Resources: Free access to business databases through BIPC.... 2

Resources: BIPC support to help protect intellectual property.... 2

Business directory: Find products and services................................. 3

Tourism: Sign up to coast path support scheme................................. 4

Art: Taking North Devon art worldwide..................................................... 5

Retail: New store brings hardware back to Lynton.............................. 6

Art: Work because you want to.................................................................... 7

Skills: Valuable work experience................................................................. 7

Mobility: Family firm celebrates 50 years of improving mobility.. 8

Winners: Shed manufacturer opens new showroom......................... 9

Winners: Global food packaging award................................................... 9

Engineering: Warship refit boost for shipyard...................................... 10

Manufacturing: New visitor centre and factory experience............. 11

News: Bideford startup wins £50,000 grant............................................ 12

News: Banks start pilot cash scheme ..................................................... 12

People: Speaking up for businesses......................................................... 13

BBxpo event guide............................................................................................. 15

BBxpo: Building a resilient business community............................... 15

BBxpo: Leading and supporting local networking.............................. 15

– Torridge Business Networking returns................................................. 15

BBxpo: Short talks to help your business thrive................................. 17

– Biosphere: New web app launched........................................................ 19

BBxpo: Network over a bite to eat.............................................................. 21

Second,thesuddenchange

ofheadofstate.

Then,theescalatingfuel

crisisandtheGovernment’s

radicalbudgetaryinitiatives.

Remarkably,westartedone

weekwithafemalemonarch

andmalePrimeMinisterand

endeditwithamalemonarch

andfemalePrimeMinister.

Whatelsewillhavechanged

bythetimeyoureadthis?

Elusive stability

Justwhenwehopedtoreturn

tostabilityafteryearsofBrexit

andCovid,morechangethan

wecouldhaveimaginedis

thrustonus.

Doyourememberwhen

lendersandbusinessadvisers

usedtoaskaboutfive-year

plans?Atthemoment,can

anyonepredictwhatwill

happenonemonthahead?

Stabilityintheworldaround

eludesus,butthere’snoreason

whyweourselvescannot

maintainindividualstability.

True,thereismuchtoworry

aboutandmanychallengeswe

havetoface–risinginflation,

supplychaindisruptionanda

seriousshortageofpotential

employees.Yetindividualsand

businessessurvivedpastcrises

and,eventually,thrivedby

facingsuchchallengesfullon.

All depend on businesses

Everycommunityateverylevel

dependsonthecontinuation

andsuccessofbusinesses.

Allindividualprosperity,

everypublicservicerelieson

theendeavourofbusiness

ownersandemployees.

Forthatreason,businesses

needanddeservethesupport

ofthewholecommunity.

Thisisacalltoall

politicians,allgovernment,all

councilsandpublicsector

organisationsnotjusttothrust

‘pre-planned’solutionsonto

businesses,buttoaskevery

businesswhatitneeds,to

listentotheiranswersandto

worktheirhardesttoprovide

whatbusinessesactuallyneed.

Supporting each other

Suchtestingtimescanbethe

loneliestforbusinessowners

whenyoufeelyoualoneare

suffering.Inalllikelihood,

manyotherswillfeelsimilarly

andthebenefitsofsharing

experiencescanstrengthenus.

Atthesetimes,networking

andjoininglocalorganisations

canbeverybeneficial–most

willgladlywelcomeyou.

YoucouldalsojoinDevon&

PlymouthChamberof

Commerce,thecounty’sonly

chamberaccreditedbythe

BritishChambersofCommerce.

BBxpo

BIDEFORD

BUSINESS • BOOST • EXPO

Youcouldalsovisitour

BBxpoBusinessBoost

exhibitionandnetworking

eventinBidefordonThursday

27October.

Entryisfreeandyouare

mostwelcometoattend.

Let’ssharetheburdenand

supporteachother.

■ ReadallaboutBBxpoon

page15andatbbxpo.uk

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HEADER NEWS

New vineyard and visitor venue takes root

Tony Stankus

How fastcanyoustarta

business?ForAlinaandTony

Stankus,ithastakenyearsto

createVennValleyVineyard,

nearLandkey.

AftercombingtheSouthof

Englandfortheidealsitewitha

south-facingslopelessthan

100mabovesealevel,they

acquiredStarcrossFarm.

“WhenIfirstsawit,Icould

visualisethewines,”saysAlina.

In2016,theyplantedtheir

firstfour-and-a-halfacresof

vines–twovarietiesofPinot

Noiralongwith SeyvalBlanc

andOrtega.Thefollowingyear,

theyaddedtwoacresof

MadeleineAngevinevines.

Theyharvestedtheirfirstcrop

in2021,whichisduetogoon

Manufacturing winners announced

The North Devon

Manufacturers Association

(NDMA)Awardshave

returnedafterthepandemic

withthewinnersannouncedat

agaladinnerheldatthe

BarnstapleHotel.

➤ ApprenticeAward–wonby

JosephOldhamofSEA

➤ TraineeAward–wonby

LaurenTeelingofTDK

➤ TeamAward–wonby

Perrigo

salein2023intheformofa

sparklingwine.

Toachievesuchresults

requiresbothvisionand

patience,andclearlyAlinaand

Tonyhaveboth.

Followingcareersthattook

themaroundtheworld,

establishingVennValley

Vineyardistheculminationof

along-heldandcherished

dream.Alinacompleteda

viticulturecourseatPlumpton

College,EastSussex,while

Tony’sadvancedengineering

expertisehasbeenputtogood

useinconvertingtheprevious

Nothing goes to waste: Trees blown down in Storm Eunice have been

preserved and installed as a feature in the Venn Valley Vineyard café

➤ EnvironmentalProject

Award–wonbyAccord

Healthcare

➤ ExporterAward–wonby

TurnstyleDesigns

➤ InnovationAward–wonby

BeranInstruments

➤ Health&Safety/Covid

Award–wonbyAccord

Healthcare

➤ TransformationAward–

wonbyPallCorporation

chickenshedintoastunning

visitorcentre,wineryandcafé.

Reachingthissuccesshas

requiredyearsofwork,

includinganinitialtwoyearsto

preparethesoilsothatitwas

suitableforplantingvines.

Covering50acres,Alinaand

Tonyarenurturingthe

woodland,hedgerows,river

andthreepondstosupportand

improveconditionsforwildlife.

Reflectingthiscommitment

totheenvironment,Venn

ValleyVineyardisbothaNorth

DevonUNESCOBiosphere

businesspartnerandafounding

➤ ProductAward–wonbySEA

➤ ChampionManufacturer–

TheSignMaker

HeadjudgeJonHurrell

commentedontheimpressive

numberofentriesandthe

incrediblyhighstandardof

entries.Healsoexpressedhis

delightinlearninghowmuch

incrediblyhigh-quality

manufacturingtakesplacein

NorthDevon.

■ Detailsndma.org.uk

Alina Stankus

memberofSustainableWines

ofGreatBritain.

Whilethefirstcropisnow

maturingintoasparklingwine,

thesecondcropwillbe

harvestedthisautumn.

Vineyardtoursandevents

startedinthesummer,andthe

caféisnowopentovisitorsand

availableforbusinessand

privateevents,suchasweddings.

Alongsidethis,artisans

occupyingbusinessunitsatthe

vineyardincludetwocarpenters,

acidermakerandanorganic

sparklingwaterkefirproducer.

AlinaandTony’svisionis

nowcomingtofruitionalong

withtheirfirstsparklingwine.

■ Details07552230377or

vennvalleyvineyard.co.uk

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At the Business & IP Centre

Devon(BIPC)youcanaccess

ourdatabasesfreeofcharge.

Theinformationavailable

includesbasicguidanceon

startingabusiness;checking

outcompetitors;localretailand

leisureinformation;detailsof

emergingmarkets;British

Standardsandsourcesofgrant

funding.Thisisallinformation

usefulforbusinessesofallsizes

andatallstages.

COBRAprovidessector

specificinformationforstartups,smallandgrowing

businesses,pullingallthe

informationtogetherinan

easy-to-understandfactsheet.

GRANTfinderistheplaceto

goifyou’relookingforsmall

businessgrantsandloansto

helpyourbusinessgrow.

RESOURCES NEWS

Free access to business

databases through BIPC

The Business & IP Centre (BIPC) at Barnstaple library offers

businesses a range of useful facilities, deskspace, meeting rooms

and resources. On this page, BIPC Devon discusses two very useful

resources for North Devon businesses: free access to business

databases and advice on protecting intellectual property

LocalDataOnlinefocuses

onretailandleisureinyour

localarea.Searchthisdatabase

foroverviews,demographics,

occupancy/vacancychanges

andgapanalysesfora

particularplaceorcomparethe

locationofkeybrands.

ExperianMarketIQisa

sourceofcompanyinformation

includingownershipand

financial,enablingyoutoassess

theriskofcompaniesyoumay

beconsideringtradingwith.

BritishStandardsOnlineisa

resourceforbestpractice

standardsthatenhance

innovation,productivity,

sustainabilityandsafety.

NewsBankisa

comprehensivenewscollection,

featuringSouthWestregional

titlesandUKbusinesstitles,

pluslocal,regional,national

andinternationalsources.

Searchthetextofprintand

online-onlynewspapers,blogs,

newswires,journals,broadcast

transcriptsandvideos.

Weknowthatdatabasescan

bedauntingandsometimes

trickytonavigate.That’swhy

we’veproduceduserguidesto

leadyouthroughasearchstepby-step.Wealsohavea

dedicateddatabaseexpert

availabletogivecustomised

guidanceforyourbusiness.

Someofthedatabasescan

beaccessedremotely,othersin

allDevonlibrariesviawifior

publicaccessPCsandsomein

specificlibraries.

■ Formoreinformation

abouthowtoaccessthem

pleasecontact

bipc.librariesunlimited.org.uk

oremail

bipc@librariesunlimited.org.uk

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BIPC support to help your business protect its intellectual property

Have you come up with a

great idea? Haveyouthought

aboutprotectingit?

Protectingyourideais

paramountwhendevelopingan

inventionordesign.Atthe

Business&IPCentreDevon

(BIPC)wehaveanumberof

waystohelpyougetthe

protectionyouneedforyour

IntellectualProperty(IP)and

it’seasierthanyouthink.

IPconsistsoffourmain

areas:copyright,trademarks,

patentsandregistereddesigns.

➤ Copyrightprotectsawide

rangeofcreativeworks–

literary,artisticandmusical,

aswellasmostrecordings

andbroadcasts,andmost

software.Itprotectsyou

fromotherpeoplecopying

yourworkorusingyour

workwithoutyour

permission.IntheUK

copyrightisanautomatic

right.Thismeansyoudon’t

needtoformallyregisterit.

However,thismakesiteven

moreimportantto

understandhowtoprotect

yourownwork,andwhatis

permittedwhenusingother

people’swork.

➤ Trademarksprotectyour

brand–examplesinclude

yourtradingname,thename

ofyourproductsorservices,

oryourlogo.Bytakingouta

trademarkyoucanensure

you’refreetousethisname

foryearstocome,aswellas

addingvaluetoyourbusiness

andprotectingyourselffrom

‘passingoff’.

➤ Patentsprotectinventions–

howthingswork.Theycan

addreallong-termvalueto

yourbusiness,enablingyou

toprotectyourinventions,or

licensethemoutforothersto

use.Takingoutapatentisa

muchlongerandmoreindepthprocessthanother

formsofIPprotection.Toget

themostoutoryourmoney,

legaladviceisstrongly

recommended.Your

inventionneedstobenew,

inventiveandabletobe

made.Foryourapplication

tobesuccessful,it’s

imperativethatyoukeepit

confidentialuntilpublication

bytheIPO.Youmayalso

needtoconsiderNDAsor

confidentialityagreementsif

you’reworkingwithothers

todevelopyourideas.

➤ Registered designsprotect

theappearanceofyour

product–thiscouldbethe

shapeorconfigurationof

yourproduct,orsurface

decorationandpatterns.

Registeringyourdesign

givesyouaddedprotection

fromanyoneusingor

copyingyourworkovera

longerperiodoftime.If

designisacorepartofyour

business,youcanregister

multipledesignsatonce,for

areducedcost.

Youcanbookafree1:1

appointmentwithusforan

overviewofintellectual

property,andhowitcanwork

foryourbusiness.Wecanoffer

individualappointmentsonline

oratBarnstaple,Exeterand

Paigntonlibrariestohelpyou

getstartedandsignpostyouto

yournextmove.

Ifyou’reinneedofadviceor

guidance,wecanofferyoua

freeinitialconsultationwith

StephensScownSolicitors,one

ofthelargestteamsofsolicitors

intheUKspecialisingin

intellectualpropertyand

informationtechnology.

Businessesofanysizecanbe

atriskofIPinfringement,

thereforeensuringyouhavethe

rightformofprotectionis

worththetimeandeffort.

■ Finddetailsonlineat

bipc.librariesunlimited.org.uk

oremail

bipc@librariesunlimited.org.uk

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DIRECTORY

ACCOUNTANTS

Cranford Business Services

Bideford

t: 01237 488077

w: accountsindevon.co.uk

JD Accountants (South West) Ltd

Barnstaple

t: 01271 378606

AESTHETIC CLINICS

Orchard Clinic

Bideford

w: orchardclinic.net

ANTIQUE MAPS & CHARTS

Old Folding Maps

South Molton

t: 01769 573935

w: foldingmaps.co.uk

BRANDING & DESIGN

Boom Boom Media

Barnstaple

t: 01271 326694

w: boomboommedia.co.uk

BrandLanterns

Barnstaple

t: 01271 372620

w: brandlanterns.co.uk

BREWERY

Combe Brewing Company

Ilfracombe

t: 07973 488409

w: facebook.com/

CombeBrewingCompany

GT Ales

Chivenor

t: 01271 267420

w: gtales.co.uk

BUILDING SUPPLIES

Heritage Cob and Lime

Bideford

t: 01237 477431

w: heritagecobandlime.com

RGB Building Supplies

Branches in Barnstaple, Bideford,

Hatherleigh, Holsworthy,

Ilfracombe, Okehampton, South

Molton, Tiverton

w: rgbltd.co.uk

BUSINESS ADVISORS

Pound Lane Financial Management

North Devon

t: 07801 199671

w: poundlane.co.uk

BUSINESS SUPPORT

Be Ready Employer Hub

Devon

t: 01392 241124

w: readydevon.org.uk

GetSet Adapt

Devon

t: 0800 587 7707

w: getsetfrogrowth.com/getset-adapt

OutSet Start

Devon

t: 0800 500 3017

w: devon.ytko.com/communityrenewal-fund

CAR SALES & SERVICING

Blights Motors

Bideford

t: 01237 472282

w: blightsmotors.co.uk

COMMERCIAL PROPERTY

James Doble Commercial

North Devon

t: 01237 424053

w: jd-commercial.co.uk

CONSTRUCTION

Advanced Scaffolding

Barnstaple

t: 01271 321100

w: advancedscaffoldingltd.co.uk

COPIERS & PRINTERS

Clarity Copiers North Devon

Barnstaple & North Devon

t: 01271 374061

w: claritynorthdevon.co.uk

COPYWRITING & MARKETING

Zarywacz

North Devon & UK

t: 01271 879100

w: z2z.com

COUNSELLING & PSYCHOTHERAPY

Devon Counselling Training

Barnstaple

t: 07522 841009

w: devoncounsellingtraining.co.uk

North Devon Counselling

Barnstaple

t: 07872 501606

w: northdevoncounselling.co.uk

DIGITAL & WEB SITES

Kameleon

Barnstaple

t: 01271 375100

w: kameleondigital.uk

Peak Online

Bideford

t: 01237 721256

w: peak-online.uk

DINING

Terrace Tapas & Wine Bar

Ilfracombe

t: 01271 863482

w: terracetapasbar.co.uk

The Royal George

Appledore

t: 01237 424 138

w: trgpub.co.uk

ENVIRONMENT

North Devon Biosphere

North Devon

t: 01392 388647

w: northdevonbiosphere.org.uk

FINANCE

SWIG Finance

North Devon & South West

t: 01872 227 932

w: swigfinance.co.uk

FINANCIAL ADVISERS

D Scott Financial

Bideford

t: 01237 426450

w: dscottfinancial.co.uk

Philip J Milton & Co Plc

Barnstaple

t: 01271 344300

w: miltonpj.net

GARDENING & LANDSCAPING

Gardenscapes Devon

Torrington

t: 07799 478318

w: gardenscapesdevon.co.uk

HEALTH & SAFETY

Safety Supplies Direct

Barnstaple

t: 01271 377558

w: safetysuppliesdirect.co.uk

HOLIDAY COTTAGES

Marsdens Devon Cottages

North Devon

t: 01271 813777

w: marsdens.co.uk

HOTELS

The Carlton

Ilfracombe

t: 01271 862446

w: ilfracombecarlton.co.uk

HUMAN RESOURCES

Fitzgerald HR

Barnstaple, Exeter, London &

Wellington

t: 01271 859267

w: fitzgeraldhr.co.uk

INSURANCE

Together Insurance Solutions

Barnstaple

t: 01271 347147

w: togetherinsurancesolutions.co.uk

INTERNATIONAL TRADE SUPPORT

International Trade Matters Ltd

Bampton

t: 01398 332881

w: internationaltradematters.com

IT

Lineal Software Solutions

Barnstaple

t: 01271 375999

w: lineal.co.uk

JOINERY & CARPENTRY

Bespoke Timber Joinery &

Carpentry

Barnstaple

t: 01271 603411

w: bespoketimberjc.co.uk

LOCKSMITHS

SW Locksmiths

Holsworthy / Bude

t: 01409 255533

w: swlocksmiths.com

MANUFACTURERS

The Clovelly Soap Company

Clovelly

t: 01237 432280

w: theclovellysoapcompany.com

Smart Manufacturing

Bideford

t: 01237 471977

w: smart-manufacturing.co.uk

Taw Tech

Pottington

t: 01271 377688

w: tawtech.com

MASSAGE & BEAUTY

Essential Bodyworkx

South Molton

t: 01769 574474

w: essentialbodyworkx.co.uk

NETWORKING GROUPS

Business Networking in Barnstaple

Barnstaple

t: 0843 289 1339

w: bnibarnstaple.co.uk

North Devon Networking Group

Barnstaple

w: northdevonnetworking.co.uk

OFFICE SUPPLIES

South West Office Supplies

North Devon

t: 01271 889337

w: swofficesupplies.co.uk

➤ Listinginfourissuesof

magazinewithbusiness

nameandcategory,phone

number,websiteandtown.

➤ 12-monthonlinelistingat

needitfindit.ukNorth

PACKAGING

Atlas Packaging

Barnstaple

t: 01271 344055

w: atlaspackaging.co.uk

PHOTOGRAPHY

We Shoot Any Product

Chivenor

t: 01271 316886

w: weshootanyproduct.com

PRINTING

Jamaica Press

Buckland Brewer

t: 01237 452333

w: jamaicapress.co.uk

RECRUITMENT

Cooper Golding

Barnstaple

t: 01271 349745

w: coopergolding.co.uk

RETAILERS

Ilfracombe Chocolate Emporium

Ilfracombe

t: 01271 867193

w: ilfracombechocolateemporium.co.uk

Pedlars

Ilfracombe

t: 01271 863509

w: Facebook @pedlarsofilfracombe

SHEDS

SHEDS 4 you

Bideford

t: 01237 459193

w: sheds4you.co.uk

SIGNS

Doubleuprint

Barnstaple

t: 01271 268 041 / 07866 420436

w: doubleuprint.co.uk

The Sign Maker

High Bickington

t: 01769 561355

w: sign-maker.net

SOLICITORS

Slee Blackwell Solicitors

Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton,

South Molton

t: 0808 139 1606

w: sleeblackwell.co.uk

SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Aramis Rugby

South Molton

t: 01769 550284

w: aramisrugby.co.uk

TRAVEL AGENTS

Clare Flint – Travel Counsellors

North Devon & UK

t: 01271 828990

w: travelcounsellors.co.uk/clare.flint

WILLS

Wills at Home

West Yelland

t: 01271 860105

w: wills-athome.co.uk

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FEEL ELECTRIC

TRADE UP, PLUG IN

AT BLIGHTS MOTORS

TourismbusinessesinNorth

Devonhavesigneduptoa

schemethatwillbothgenerate

revenueforthelocaleconomy

andfundthemaintenanceand

protectionoftheenvironment.

WayMakershasbeen

launchedbytheSouthWest

CoastPathAssociation–the

charitywhichprotects,cares

forandsharesthepath–to

championlocalbusinessesand

helpthemgetashareofthe

£520millionwhichtrailusers

spendregionallyeachyear.

Thecharityurgesits11,000

members,70,000socialmedia

followersand1millionweb

visitorsto‘votewiththeirfeet’

tosupportWayMakers.

NorthDevonbusinesses

signedupincludecafésand

restaurants,accommodation

providers,museums,visitor

experienceandpubs.

SarahGunn,business

developmentmanagerforthe

SouthWestCoastPath

Association,said,“The

walkingmarketisahugepart

oftheall-year-roundtourism

economysowe’repleasedtobe

workingwithbusinessesin

thisway.Inreturn,theyare

helpingustosecurethe£1,400

ittakestolookaftereachmile

ofthepatheachyearandto

protectitasauniquewildlife

corridor,avitalresourcefor

COAST PATH

FAMILY RUN FOR 89 YEARS

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK

SALES PARTS SERVICE

RENTAL ESSO FUELS

SPAR CONVENIENCE STORE

TRADE UP...PLUG IN...WITH MG ELECTRIC

TEST DRIVE AN MG NOW!

Sign up to coast path

support scheme

Business participants sought for the South West Coast Path Passport

tourism and support scheme

It costs the South West Coast Path Association £1,400 to look after each

mile of the path each year

Bideford

HANDY CROSS, CLOVELLY ROAD, BIDEFORD, EX39 3ET

01237 472282

www.blightsmotors.co.uk

peoples’healthandwellbeing,

andamajorenvironmental

andeconomicasset.”

SomeofNorthDevon’sWay

Makerbusinesseshavealso

beenselectedtohelpthe

charitytrialitsCamino-style

SouthWestCoastPath

Passport,whichincludes100+

stampingpointsalongthe630-

mileroute.Thepassporthelps

createalastingmemoryfor

walkersandencouragesthem

tostopoffinlocalcoastal

communities.

Oneofthefirstpassport

stampingpointsannouncedby

‘HotelInspector’AlexPolizzi

onherrecentChannel5show

wasthePackofCardspubin

CombeMartin.

Alexsaid,“Iamsoexcited

aboutthenewCoastPath

Passportschemethatthe

SouthWestCoastPath

Associationarelaunching.It’s

goingtobefantasticfor

walkersandbusinessesalong

thepath.Ihopeyou’reall

goingtoenjoyit.”

Fourmorestampingpoints

areneededontheInstowto

WestwardHo!,WestwardHo!

toClovelly,Clovellyto

HartlandQuayandHartland

QuaytoBudestretches.

■ Contactbusiness@

southwestcoastpath.org.ukor

visitsouthwestcoastpath.org.uk

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HEADER

Art Makers

Taking North Devon art worldwide

It may sound like a cliché to

describeartistsasstruggling,

butresearchbyHilaryBeecroft

andPhilParkerofInstowhas

identifiedsome400artistsin

NorthDevonwholostalltheir

incomeduringthepandemic.

HilaryandPhilarenow

drawingontheirconsiderable

experienceintheartstocreate

practicalsupporttohelpthe

area’sartistsdeveloptheir

businessestoincreaseincome.

Hilaryhasexperienceasa

landscapearchitect,researcher,

photographer,organiser

andartlover,whilePhil’s

achievementsincludefounding

themostsuccessfulMA

screenwritingcourseintheUK

andsetuptheUK/Skillset’s

nationaltrainingprogramme.

Thecouplebegantoapply

thisformidableexperienceand

expertisetohelplocalartists

whenthepandemicstruckand

submittedasuccessfulbidto

theInnovateUKCovid

Sustainabilitygrantscheme.

£5 million local market

Theirfirststepwastoresearch

theartistcommunity,which

nationalstatisticssuggested

was100-strong,butwhichthey

foundtobeatleastfourtimes

bigger.Theyalsoestimatedthat

artistsgeneratesome£1.2

millionforthelocaleconomy

annuallyandthatwiththeright

supportthiscouldincreaseto

asmuchas£5million.

Theirfindingsalsorevealed

thatathirdofartistsdidnot

haveawebsite,almostnone

hadappliedforgrants,60%

werenotcomfortableusing

socialmediaandveryfewhad

receiveddigitalskillstraining.

HilaryandPhil’sresponse

wastolaunchArtMakersin

October2021.ArtMakers’main

focusistocreatemethodsof

‘gettingworkseen’andprovide

easyaccesstosourcesof

information,supportand

trainingallinoneplaceonits

websiteatartmakers.co.uk

Akeypartofthesiteisthe

onlinegallerywhereartistscan

selltheirwork.Thisisthefirst

UKregionalvirtualgalleryand

initsfirstsixmonthsattracted

80artists,withmorethan110

artistsnowsellingtheirwork

onthesite.

Regional movement

BetweenNovemberandMarch,

ArtMakershostedthreevirtual

exhibitionsasexperiments.

ThishasledtoNewAtlantic

Wave@AppledoreBook

Festival,acontemporarytake

onBritishlandscapes,atSt

Mary’sChurchHall,Appledore

inSeptemberandinavirtual

galleryonlineuntil30October.

Theintentionistogive

NorthDevonanewvisual

referencepointandtocreatea

regionalmovementofnational

significance.

“Thereisrealgrowth

potential,”saysPhil.“Itbrings

incomeintothecommunity

becausesaleswillbeoutofthe

area.Wearegoingtotarget

secondhomeownersand

holidayletcompanies,andhave

abigpushinternationallyon

socialmedia.”

Sell and buy art

Artistscansignuptoselltheir

artandaccesssupportwitha

rangeoffreeandpaid

memberships.Supportincludes

accesstocourses,marketing

healthcheck,informationon

funding,usefularticlesand

communitychatroom.

Buyerscanexplorethe

worksofartistsinthevirtual

galleryandpurchasepaintings,

photography,sculpture,

jewelleryandmore.

■ Detailsartmakers.co.uk

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RETAIL

New store brings hardware back to Lynton

Independent hardware shops

havedisappearedfrommany

townsacrossthecountry,but

lastAprilanewstoreopened

upinLynton.

LewysLoganopenedAllin

OneHardwareonChurchHill

sothatresidents,hospitality

businessesandtradespeople

canpurchasetheeveryday

householdproductstheyneed

thatwerenotpreviously

availableinthetown.

“It’sa40-mileroundtripto

Barnstaple,whichtakesafew

hoursforabuilderneedinga

specificitem,”saysLewys.“I’ve

alwayswantedtore-establisha

hardwareshopinLynton.”

Lewyssetupthestorewith

hisbrotherJordanandnow

runsitwithassistancefrom

hismotherPaula.

Thestore’srangeof

productsstartedwithlight

bulbs,toiletseats,sealantsand

adhesives,gaffertapeandtools

andisnowgrowingin

responsetocustomerdemand.

“Westockallthebasics

peopleaskforandarebuilding

itup.Ifwedon’thaveit,wego

andbuyitforthem.

All in One Hardware

■ 07815721852orFacebook

@allinonehardwarelynton

“Somepeoplecomeinfor

advice.We’retheretohelp.It’s

importantforthecommunity

tohaveafriendlypersonto

talkto.”

AswellasAllinOne

Hardwarestore,Lewysalso

runsAllinOneServices,a

cleaning,maintenanceand

laundrycompanywhichhe

startedattheageof18.

ServingB&Bs,holiday

homes,offices,residentsand

othercustomersinLyntonand

Lynmouthandbeyond,the

companyisbasedinBakers

CourtLaneandnowemploys

some18people.

Lewysgrewupinthearea

andsayshehasalwaystriedto

supporthisfamilyandthe

community,includinglocal

businesses.Helikestoget

thingsdoneand,after

standingforandbeingelected

acouncillor,wasvotedMayor

ofLynton&LynmouthTown

Councilfor2022–the

youngestevermayorattheage

of30.

“Ifeelveryprivilegedtolive

hereandtrytogivebackas

muchasIcan.”

All in One Services

■ 01598753256or

allinoneservicesltd.co.uk

Lewys Logan opened All in One Hardware in Lynton to save residents a

40-mile roundtrip to and from Barnstaple

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ENVIRONMENT

Harry Juniper of Bideford Pottery maintains traditional North Devon pottery techniques

Markets areamongNorth

Devon’smostvaluabletreasures

andinBidefordPannier

Marketyoucanfindanother

localtreasure:HarryJuniperof

BidefordPottery.

Harryisnotonlyapotter,

butaraconteur.Steppinginto

hisstudiofeelslikestepping

intoHarry’sworld.Withan

infectiousappetiteforlife,

Harry’sinterestsrangefrom

playingtheclarinetandjazzto

artandpottery.Evenashe

approaches90,hiswork

continuestoreflecthis

responsestocurrentevents,

suchasthe‘partygate’soap

operainWestminster.

“Ican’twaittogetuphere,”

saysHarry.“I’vegotideas

bubblingaway.”

HarryarrivedinNorth

Devonwhenevacuatedfrom

Londonin1940.Encouraged

byhisteachertogotoart

school,hesetoutonacareerin

potterythathasincluded

teachingatBidefordArtSchool

A week’s work experience

hasprovedvaluablebothfor

anIlfracombeAcademy

studentandanemployer.

CalebLey,nowinYear11,

spentaweekwithPedlars

HomeHardwareinIlfracombe.

Caleb’sexperienceincluded

restockingshelves,helping

withthewindowdisplay,

inputtingdata,workingonthe

tillandtalkingtocustomers.

“Itmademeunderstand

businessesmore,theeffort

thatgoesintorunninga

businessandthedifferent

depthstotrades,”saysCaleb,

whofoundthejobandwork

environmentenjoyable.He

Work because

you want to

Finding work that you love is a dream for many, but when you do, it

ceases to be work. Harry Juniper is a renowned Bideford potter

approaching 90 who works seven days a week because he enjoys it.

Editor Robert Zarywacz chatted to Harry to discover what we can

learn from his approach to work and life

for34yearsandstarting

BidefordPotteryin1983.With

itsmaingalleryinRopewalk,

BidefordPottery,isrunby

HarrywithdaughterSusanand

sonNick,allpotters.Susan

specialisesinceramicsand

glass,andNickinpottery.

Thebusinessisrenowned

foritscommemorativeharvest

ware.Thisisstronglyinfluenced

bytheworkof17thcentury

NorthDevonpottersandis

elaboratelydecoratedusinga

techniquecalledsgraffito

(Italianforscratched).

Archaeologicalexcavations

inAmerica,wheremuch17 th

centuryproductionwas

exported,andrecordsinthe

PublicRecordsOfficesuggest

thatNorthDevonpotteries

possiblyrivalledthoseof

Staffordshireatthetime.Harry

saystheareaiscoveredinclay,

includingdarkbrownclayfrom

Fremingtonandwhiteclay

fromTorrington.

Harry’sfirsttasteofworking

atapotterywasaholidayjobat

BrauntonPotteryinthe1940s.

Ithasbeenabigpartoflifefor

Valuable work experience

Able and enthusiastic: (from left) Caleb Ley with Nick Pedlar

of Pedlars Home Hardware in Ilfracombe

himandhisfamilyeversince.

Youcanviewandpurchase

BidefordPotteryhand-thrown

andhand-decoratedsgraffito

andsliptrailedpotteryatits

mainRopewalkgalleryandin

thePannierMarket.

Itspotteryishighly

collectableanditsworkis

exhibitedingalleriesand

museumsintheUKandabroad.

Customerscancommission

individualpiecesforspecial

occasionssuchasbirthsand

christenings,marriages,

anniversaries,retirements,and

evencremationvasesand

funeralurns.Theserangefrom

weddingjugstochristening

platesandthankyoujugs,and

takeuptosixweekstoproduce.

Withasmuchenthusiasm

forhisworkasever,Harry

says:“Iworksevendaysaweek,

notbecauseI’vegotto,Iwant

to.”Hisadviceisto“find

somethingyoulikedoing”.

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bidefordpottery.co.uk

hopestostudymusicandhas

achievedgrade6inguitar.

“He’sareallyquicklearner

andwillingtotryanything,”

saysHelenPedlar.

“Hethinksoutsidethebox

andaskswhathecando.”

Helenaddsthatwork

experienceisvaluableto

employersbecause“it’s

learningforbothofus”.

“Itgivesmealookatfuture

employeesaswellasnew

ideas,becauseyoungpeople

seethingsdifferently.”

Asaresult,Calebhopesto

startaSaturdayjobatPedlars

inthenearfuture.

■ Details01271863509.

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MOBILITY HEADER

Adaptacar adaptations provide a wide range of vehicle control

The Adaptacar team celebrate their 50 th anniversary in South Molton

Family firm celebrates 50 years of improving mobility

Mobility specialist Adaptacar

recentlycelebrated50yearsasa

familybusinesswithanopen

dayatitsSouthMolton

workshopandshowroom.

Thebusiness,which

specialisesinmanufacturing

andinstallingawiderangeof

vehicleadaptationstoenable

peopletomaintaintheir

independence,wasstartedby

PeterandCynthiaFairallin

1972.In1995,StuartCourtney

joinedthebusiness,withhis

wifeLorna(PeterandCynthia’s

daughter)followingin2000.

Thenin2021,husbandand

wifeLisaandDarrenChapple

becamethenewestadditional

directorsofAdaptacarto

continuethefamilyethosinto

thefuture.

“Asasmallfamily-run

business,Adaptacarhasalways

putthecustomerattheheartof

thebusinessandwewantto

carryonthatfamilyapproach,”

saysLisaChapple.

ItwasPeterFairall’spassion

forcarsandhisstrongdesireto

helpkeepthosewithdisabilities

ontheroadthatestablishedthe

business,includinghisdesign

fortheoriginalAdaptacarPush

Pullhandcontrols,whichstill

formthebasisoftheproduct

currentlyinstalled.

AregisteredMotability

installer,Adaptacarcompletes

complexandbespokevehicle

conversionsenablingcustomers

toattainorregaintheir

mobilityandindependence.

Adaptationsincludeprimary

andsecondarycontrols,seat

modifications,hoists,vehicle

accessandmanymore.Itserves

customersacrosstheSouth

Westwithsomeasfaras

Guernsey,JerseyandSpain.

Adaptacarisoneofa

handfulofapprovedand

qualifiedUKinstallersfor

SpaceDrivesystems,

manufacturedbyPARAVAN.

SpaceDriveenablesthosewith

limitedmovement/strengthor

noupperlimbstodriveusing

itsrevolutionarydrive-by-wire

technologycontrolsystemwith

asophisticatedsafetyconcept

Visitors at the Adaptacar open day view a vehicle conversion in progress

andistailoredtotheuser’s

specificneedsoninstallation.

Includingmini-wheels,joy

sticksandothercontrols,it

evenoffersvoiceactivationfor

thecontrolofsome100

functionsbyvoicecommand.

Lisadescribestheworkof

the11-strongAdaptacarteam

as“life-changing”.Whileits

customersspanallages,there

aremanyunder40yearsold.

Adaptationsalsoenable

youngerpeopletolearnto

drive,passtheirtests,acquire

theirdrivinglicenceandoften

startacareerlikeanyoneelse.

Dualcontrols,installedfor

customerstofamiliarise

themselveswiththeirnew

vehicleorwhenlearninghow

todrive,areusuallyremoved

whenthecustomerisableto

driveunsupervisedand

unaided.Standardsteeringand

controlequipmentcanalsobe

fittedtoenablevehiclestobe

drivenasusual.

LocatedonPathfields

BusinessPark,Adpatacar’s

spaciousshowroomoffers

plentyoffreeparkingandis

openweekdays9amto5pm.

■ Details01769572785or

adaptacar.co.uk

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WINNERS HEADER

SHEDS 4 youhasopenedits

newshowroomandfactoryon

CaddsdownIndustrialEstate,

Bideford.

Thebusiness,whichwas

winnerofthe Business

Action Consumer Service

Excellence Awardin2020,

experiencedconsiderable

growthduringthepandemic.

“Peoplewereathomeand

werespendingmoreon

gardens,”saysownerRobin

Lake.“Manywanted

somewheretheycouldhavea

drinkinthegardenandthey

wantedtofindsomeonelocal

tomakeit.”

Robinwasalreadyrunning

ATAWindowswhenhe

startedSHEDS4youin2017.

Whenthecompanystarted

manufacturingsheds,business

tookoffanditnowhasateam

of16employees.Mostofits

customersarewithina25-mile

radiusandpurchaseasaresult

ofpersonalrecommendation.

ATA Windows

■ Details01237473197or

atawindows.co.uk

SHEDS 4 you constructs classrooms for local schools

Helen and Andy Cross of Earth Friendly Foodware

Shed manufacturer

opens new showroom

Aswellassheds,SHEDS4

youdesignsandmanufactures

gardenrooms,summerhouses,

EN-71certifiedplayhouses

andplayequipment,home

offices,schoolclassrooms,

changingrooms,secureunits,

logstoresandevenatortoise

houseandrun.

SHEDS4youbuildingsare

madetolastandoptions

includeEPDMrubberroofs,

buildingbasesandhigh

qualitydoorsandwindows.

SHEDS 4 you’s new showroom and factory at Caddsdown, Bideford

A garden room constructed by SHEDS 4 you

Buildingscanbeinsulatedand

cladinside,andfittedoutas

muchascustomerswant.

“Agardenroomcreatesa

wonderfultotallyseparate

space,”addsRobin.“Theycan

berecreationalroomsfor

families.”

SHEDS4youcandesigna

custombuildingtofita

specificsizeorshapeof

garden,evenatriangularshed.

Allitstimberissourced

fromforeststhatarewell

managedandsustainable,and

fromsuppliersthathave

achievedProgrammeforthe

EndorsementofForest(PEFC)

certification.

Italsooffersananannual

redecorationserviceto

maintainbuildingsandcan

replacewindowglass,often

fromstock.

Customerscanviewarange

ofbuildingsatthenew

showroom,whichhas17car

parkingspaces.

SHEDS 4 you

■ Details01237459193or

sheds4you.co.uk

Global food packaging award

Earth Friendly FoodwareofWestward

Ho!hasbeenannouncedFood&

BeveragePackagingDistributorofthe

YearintheCorporateLiveWireGlobal

Awards2021/22.

AndrewandHelenCrossreceived

theawardataneventatHighbullen

HotelGolf&CountryClub.

“We’reverypleasedtowinthisaward

becauseitrecognisestheworkwehave

doneinimprovingthepackagingthatis

usedinhospitalityandhelpsprotectthe

environment,”saidAndrewCross.

EarthFriendlyFoodwaredistributes

compostablefoodpackagingand

supplieshotbincompostorsacrossthe

UKandEurope.

Businesseswerenominatedforthe

awardsfrom90,000businessesand

corporateprofessionals,Corporate

Livewiremagazinecontributorsand

subscribers,basedonfactorsincluding

qualityofservice,innovation,

experienceandsustainability.

Awardwinnerswillbefeaturedin

theGlobalAwardsGuide2021/22,

whichwillbedistributedworldwide.

EarthFriendlyFoodwarewasthe

winnerofthefirst Business Action

Sustainable Business Awardin2022,

sponsoredbyNorthDevonUNESCO

Biosphere.

■ Details01237488010or

earthfriendlyfoodware.co.uk

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ENGINEERING HEADER

Warship refit boost for shipyard

Harland & Wolff (Appledore)

hasbeenselectedbytheUK

DefenceEquipmentSales

Authority(DESA)toregenerate

formerRoyalNavyminehuntingvesselHMSQuorn.

HMSQuorncompleted27

yearsofservicewiththeRoyal

Navybeforebeingsoldto

LithuaniainApril2020andis

scheduledtobehandedoverto

theLithuanianNavyin2024.

JeremyQuin,Ministerfor

DefenceProcurementatthe

timeoftheannouncement,

said:“I’mpleasedthatthis

multi-millionpoundcontract

willseeaformerRoyalNavy

mine-huntingvesselrestored

andregeneratedinaBritish

shipyard,supportingUKjobs

andstrengtheningshipbuilding

inthesouth-west.

“LithuaniaisakeyNATO

allyandJointExpeditionary

Forcepartner,andthisminehuntingvesselwillbolsterNATO

maritimecapabilityacross

Europe,ensuringtheAlliance

remainsreadytorespondto









evolvingglobalthreats.”

HeadofDESACommodore

RichardWhalleysaid:“This

Specialists in custom designed and manufactured

Machinery and services.

3D Design & Build

New machinery & machinery upgrades

Electrical Panels & Programming

Stainless Steel Fabrication

Hygienic Orbital Welding

CNC Machining & Turning

Project Management

Research & Development

HMS Quorn arrives at Harland & Wolff (Appledore)

contractawardreinforcesour

excellentworkingrelationship

thatwehavewithLithuania

asourNATOallyaswellas

UK-ownedHarland&Wolff.

We’rereallypleasedtosee

HMSQuornrefurbishedin

AppledoreShipyardandlook

forwardtocontinuingour

workwiththemsupporting

theBritishsupplychain.”

Groupchiefexecutive

officerofHarland&Wolff

JohnWoodsaid:“Iam

thrilledthatwehavebeen

awardedtheM55Contract.

Thisisawatershedmoment.

“Thiscontracthas

providedthebreakthrough

thatweneededtoactivatethe

fifthandfinalelementofour

businessstrategy–thekey

marketofdefence.Ourstrategy

hasbeenwellandtruly

validatedandweintendto

capitaliseonthiswinthrough

biddingonandsecuring

furthergovernmentcontracts.

“Theextendedprocessto

wintheM55contractenabled

ustoshowcasethetechnical

andcommercialcapabilitiesof

theentiregroupandhasnow

providedtheMoDwitha

crediblealternativetothe

existingindustrybase.This

contractisvalidationthatthe

governmentcangoelsewhere,

recognisingtheinvestmentand

progressmadeoverthelasttwo

yearstoputHarland&Wolffin

apositiontoexecuteonsuch

programmes.Oureyesarenow

setondeliveringthiscontract

andexecutingonourpipeline

aswecontinuetobuild

momentum,credibilityanda

high-performing,experienced

workforce.”

The£55millioncontractwill

support100jobsatHarland&

Wolff(Appledore)andbolster

ambitionstobolsterBritish

shipbuildingaslaidoutinthe

NationalShipbuildingStrategy

Refresh.

Workonthevesselwill

includeupgradestoitsmission

andsonarsystems,andan

additionalsearchandrescue

capability.Thecontractwilladd

newmainengines,generators

andpropulsiongearaswellas

refurbishtheaccommodation,

hull,ancillarysystems,

electricalsystemsandpainting.

HMSQuornarrivedat

AppledoreinAugustforwork

tocommence.

■ Detailsharland-wolff.com/

facilities/appledore/

Contact : info@tawtech.com

01271 377688

www.tawtech.com

10 business action | Autumn 2022 | business-action.co.uk


SUPPORT HEADER

New visitor centre and unique factory experience

The first phaseofabrandnew

visitorexperienceopenedin

JulyatDartingtonCrystal,a

topNorthDevontourist

attractioninGreatTorrington

andthehomeoftheUK’slast

remainingfactory-scalecrystal

andglassmanufacturer.

Thisinitiativecreatesa

significantlyenhanced

experienceforvisitorswithlots

ofnewsightsandactivities.

Acreativeteamofin-house

staffworkedforsixmonthsto

produceaveryspecial

attractionthatisbothaleisure

experienceandalastingarchive

ofthewonderfulcraftsmanship

ofNorthDevon’sglassmakers.

Thenewvisitorexperience

housesanupdatedand

upgradedtimelineexhibitionof

DartingtonCrystal’sproducts,

spanningmorethan50yearsof

historyfrom1967tothe

presentday.Itshistoryand

heritagearefurtherdetailedin

theaudiovisualtheatre,which

offersaninsightintothe

modern-dayfactorywhich

See Dartington Crystal’s skilled makers turn molten glass into items of beauty on a factory tour

producessome350,000pieces

ofglasseveryyear.

Inthenewlyinstalledstudio

furnacearea,visitorswillbe

abletowatchglass-making

demonstrationsandseemaster

engraverNickDaveycreating

masterpiecesrightbeforetheir

eyes.Creativeactivitieswillalso

includethechanceforchildren

tocreateacastoftheirhand

foreveringlassasagiftor

souvenir,whilefamiliescan

enjoypaintingglassesasa

souveniroftheirvisit.

Thefactoryexperienceoffers

auniqueopportunitytowitness

crystalandglassmanufacturing

onaself-guidedtour.Entering

thefactoryenablesvisitorsto

experiencetheskills,quality

andcarethatmakesDartington

Crystal–aMadeinBritain

member–aleadingglobal

glassproducer.

Thereisalsotheopportunity

topurchasebothfirstand

secondqualityglasswareinthe

retailstore,alongwithan

extensiverangeofgiftsand

homewarefromleadingbrands.

Toroundoffavisit,the

PavilionCaféoffersacupof

freshlygroundDevonRoasted

FairTradecoffeeanda

selectionoffreshlyprepared

lightlunches,temptingcakes

andsnackspreparedfrom

locallysourcedproduce.

■ Detailsvisitdartington.co.uk

Family activities include creating a personal handcasting in glass cast and

glass painting, and there are engraving and glass demonstrations

The timeline exhibition spans 50+ years of Dartington Crystal’s history

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@businessactionm | Autumn 2022 | business action 11


Bideford startup wins £50,000 grant

Bideford-based Earthly

Biocharhasbeenawardeda

£50,000InnovateUKgrantas

partoftheYoungInnovators

NextStepsAwards.

Foundedbytwoinnovators

intheir20sin2018,Earthly

Biocharhelpsfarmersand

gardenersuselesswater,and

feedandgrowhealthierplants

usinganorganicsoilsupplement

thatsequesterscarbon.

EarthlyBiocharwillusethe

granttodevelopmorenovel

biocharproductsthatwillhelp

establishthefoundationsfora

carbonnegativeeconomy.

InnovateUK’sYoung

InnovatorsNextStepsAwards

recognisetrailblazingyoung

entrepreneurswhohave

previouslybeenrecipientsof

theYoungInnovatorAwards.

“We’resoproudtohave

beenrecognisedonceagainby

InnovateUK,”saysLottie

Hawkins,co-founderofEarthly

Biochar.“Withagrowingteam

behindusandaccessto

funding,wecannowdeliveron

ourmissiontoscaleupcarbon

captureandfocusonadapting

toclimatechange.”

EarthlyBiochardelivers

climatebenefitsbygathering

wastewoodandotherbiomass

andcapturingthecarbonthat

wouldotherwisebereleasedif

itwasrottedorincinerated.

Byburningthisorganic

wasteathightemperaturesin

pyrolysiskilnswithlittleorno

oxygenpresent,thecompany

createsablackstablematerial

knownasbiochar.Thebiochar

captures50%ofthewood’s

carbonwithincrystalline

structuresthatdonot

biodegrade,meaningtheywill

remainlockedintotheproduct

formanythousandsofyears.

HEADER NEWS

EarthlyBiochar’sresearch

indicatesthat,whenaddedto

soil,biocharincreasesplant

healthandgrowthby10-200%

andreducesneedforwaterand

fertiliserby15-40%,depending

onexistingsoilquality.

Thecompany’sbiocharkilns

arehandmadetoorderinthe

Welshcountrysidetosupport

ruralcommunitiesandevery

partismadeintheUK.

SincewinningtheYoung

InnovatorsAwardin2021,

EarthlyBiocharhasbenefited

fromabespokementoringand

growthsupportfromInnovate

UKEDGE,focusedonbusiness

strategy,marketingand

investmentreadiness.

CommentingonInnovate

UKEDGE’ssupport,Lottie

says:“Theoutstandingsupport

hashelpedustoachieveaseries

ofmajormilestones.We’ve

expandedourteam,completed

productdevelopment,and

launchedourheroproduct:

biocharkilnsforgardeners.

“Wearenowinastrong

positiontoscaleandsecure

furtherfundingandinvestment.”

Inamessagetootheryoung,

innovativeentrepreneurs,

Lottiesays:“Applicationsfor

thenextYoungInnovators

Awardsarenowopen.Whatif

oneofthe2022/23awardees

wasyou?Ifyouhaveabusiness

idea,orevenaproblemyou

thinkisworthsolving,Ireally

urgeyoutoapply.Itwasgamechangingforus.Dreambigger.”

InnovateUKEDGEwill

continuetoofferclose

mentorshipandguidanceas

thebusinesshelpstackles

globalclimate,waste

managementandfood

productionchallenges.

■ Detailsearthlybiochar.com

Banks start pilot cash scheme after abandoning

rural communities

Following closureofthelast

remainingbankbranchin

Ilfracombe,theCashAction

GroupandLINKhave

announcedthatIlfracombe

willbepartofitsnextpilot.

Millionsofconsumersand

smallbusinessesacrosstheUK

stilldependoncashandfaceto-facebankingservicesand

manypeoplearereturningto

cashforeffectivebudgeting.

Changesinbankingprovision

andtheshifttodigitalare

leavingsomeconsumersand

smallbusinesseswithout

necessaryservices.

Agroupofthe10largest

UKretailbanks,consumer

groupsandtheFederationof

SmallBusinesseshavebeen

workingtogetherasthe‘Cash

ActionGroup’(CAG)tocreate

sharedcashandbanking

servicestofillthisgap.An

extensivepilotprogrammeto

createarangeofnewservices,

including‘BankingHubs’

whichprovidebasicbanking

servicesforallmajorbanks

fromonehighstreetlocation

andcashbackwithoutpurchase,

provedtosignificantlysupport

themorevulnerableinsociety,

withaveragewithdrawalsof

£20comparedwith£75for

Lottie Hawkins of Earthly Biochar with a biochar kiln

ATMs.Bothoftheseconcepts

arebeingrolledoutnationally.

SelaineSaxby,NorthDevon

MP,said:“WhenLloyds

announcedthatitwouldbe

closingitsbranchinIlfracombe,

thelastbankbranchnorthof

Barnstaple,therewasan

understandableconcernfrom

residentsandbusinesses.

DespitethePostOfficeand

buildingsocietyinIlfracombe,

itwasclearthatmorebanking

servicesweresoughtby

residentsandbusinessesalike.

“HavingspokentotheCAG

teamsandemphasisedthe

distancesinvolved,especially

forthemanysmallbusinesses

alongourcoast,Iamdelighted

thatIlfracombeisbeing

includedinthisrollout.”

CAGwillbelookingto

engagewithcommunities

immediatelytounderstand

localneeds.Thiswillinclude

focusgroupsandsurveys.

Theintentionistodeploy

thesesolutionsasquicklyas

possible,andCAGisalready

inactivedialoguewithservice

providerskeentosupportthe

pilotprogramme.

■ FormoredetailsofCAG,

visittheUKFinancewebsite

atukfinance.org.uk

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AtDScottFinancialLimited,

wearecommittedtoputting

ourclientsattheheartof

everythingwedoandto

providingthebestpossible

service.Wespendtimehelping

clientsreachtheirgoals,

whetherthisisbyhelping

themplanforretirement,deal

withtheirsavingsand

investmentsorhelpobtain

thatmortgagewhichallows

themtobuytheirhome.

Ihavebeeninthefinancial

servicesindustrysince1992

andhavebeenbasedinNorth

Devonforover20years.As

wellasmyselfthereisalso

anotherfinancialadviser,

mortgageandprotection

adviserandofficemanager/

paraplannerwhoarepartof

theteam.Betweenuswehave

decadesofexperiencein

providingvariousformsof

financialadvice.

Active for businesses

Iamalsoanactivememberof

theFederationofSmall

Businesses(FSB),actingasone

oftheDevonarealeads.Over

thepast11years,Ihavehelped

othersmallbusinessowners

HEADER PEOPLE

Speaking up for

businesses

Many people not only run their own businesses but volunteer to

represent businesses in public arenas. As well as running his own

financial services practice in Bideford, David Scott represents the

Federation of Small Businesses in Devon. Here David describes his

work and why he believes it is important to speak up for businesses

planforthe

future.Despite

thedifficulties

ofthepast

threeyears,we

havehelped

business

ownersto

surviveand

maintaintheir

businesswhere

possibleby

providing

guidanceand

advice.

Duringthe

pandemicandcurrentcostof

livingcrisisweallface,Itryto

involvemyselfwithmeeting

otherbusinessgroups,local

authorityrepresentativesas

wellasourtwolocalMPs

whereItakethe

opportunityto

pressthese

peopleonthe

needsand

concernsof

small

businessesin

Devon.

Iamvery

keenthatwe

continueto

pressure

politiciansand

othersto

deliveronthose

issuesthataffectusallandI

regularlypesterthemonissues

suchasreliablehigh-speed

broadband,mobiledata

networkcoverageandbetter

transportinfrastructure.

Althoughweareseeing

stepsbeingtakentoimprove

theseareas,muchmorestill

needstobedone.Wealsoneed

tocontinuetoputpressureon

institutionstoimprovethe

educationandskillsof

youngerpeoplesotheyare

readytojointheworkforce

and,hopefully,stayinthelocal

areainwellpaidand

sustainablejobs.

NorthDevonneedsto

engageinsustainingthe

environment.Asabusiness,

weareactivelyinvolvedin

investingclientmoneyinto

suitablefundsthatcaterfor

individualsandbusinesses

whocareaboutenvironmental,

socialandgovernance(ESG)

factors.Forthosewhowishto,

investingintoESGfundscan

haveasignificantpositive

impactontheenvironment

andothersocialissues.

SoalthoughIrunmyown

business,IendeavourwhenI

cantosupportNorthDevon

businessesnowandwill

continuetodosointhefuture.

■ Details01237426450/

01237426444or

dscottfinancial.co.uk

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It’s back!

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Theeventwasgrowing

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It’sgoodtoseeoldfriends

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ones.Atthetimeofwriting,

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BBxpo co-founder Robert Zarywacz

BBxpoevolvedasoneelement

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➤ NeeditFindit–North

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BusinessActionmagazine–

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andexhibitiontopromote

NorthDevonbusinesses

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excellenteventfor

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Devon Hall

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Free business talks

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Leading and supporting

local networking

Andrew Bowers ofPeak

OnlinejoinsRobertZarywacz

asBBxpoco-organiserafter

exhibitingin2019.

Andrewsays:“Ithought

BBxpowasafantasticlocal

eventandgottomeetlotsof

localpeople.Iwanttoincrease

myinvolvementandhelpgrow

theevent.

“Youcan’tmanufacture

naturallyoccurringmeetings,

buthavetohaveeventsfor

peopletoattendwhichthey

enjoyandwheretheycan

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Andrewwillbespeakingat

BBxpoabouttheimportance

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Torridge Business Networking

Andrewhasalsotakenonthe

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TorridgeBusinessNetworking

breakfastgroup(previously

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Thegroupmeetsoncea

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generouslysponsoredby

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Suppliers

Exhibitorsallprovideproducts

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Supportinglocalbusinesses

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Exhibiting

ExhibitingatBBxponotonly

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Meetingsarefriendlyand

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passreferrals.

Justpayforyourbreakfast

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■ Detailsandbookingat

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BBxpo

BBxpo exhibitors

To book available stands visit bbxpo.uk

361 Energy

w: 361energy.org

t: 01271 599361

361 Community Energy is a notfor-profit

social enterprise with a

mission to help northern Devon’s

community to take climate change

action and rapidly reduce the

region’s carbon footprint. We do

this in a hopeful, action-based and

non-partisan way.

Business Action

w: business-action.co.uk

t: 07971 176044

The independent quarterly North

Devon business-to-business

magazine published in print and

online. Now in its fourth year,

Business Action is delivered direct

and mailed to some 2,000

businesses across North Devon.

Devon & Plymouth

!Chamber of Commerce

w: devonchamber.co.uk

t: 01752 220471

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of

Commerce helps hundreds of

businesses connect, grow and

succeed with its renowned brand

of events and business support. It

is the county’s only accredited

Chamber of Commerce, providing

specialist services such as

international trade as well as being

the collective voice of business for

the region.

Heartfelt Products

w: heartfelt-products.com

t: 07900 983669

a: Torrington Lane, Bideford,

EX39 4BH

We provide a Bespoke Embroidery

Service for our product range

which includes Workwear, Caps,

Towels, Dog Bandanas, Bags etc.

We also offer Heat Transfer Vinyl

for Clothing, Permanent Vinyl for

Home Goods and Sublimation

Printing for Mugs. No minimum

order. Please contact our studio

for more details.

Jamaica Press

w: jamaicapress.co.uk

t: 01237 452333

a: Mambury Moor Estate,

Buckland Brewer, Bideford,

Devon, EX39 5NL

Jamaica Press has many years’

practical experience in working

closely with our clients and being

the ‘everyday’ answer to queries,

regular requirements and

emergencies. With our highly

skilled team of staff, we offer

graphic design, printing, signage /

display, web design, office

products / stationery, promotional

goods, office furniture and

education supplies – all with a

high level of customer service.

Kameleon

w: kameleonagency.com

t: 01271 375100

a: The Workhouse, Brannams

Square, Barnstaple,

EX32 8QB

We are The Creative Growth

Agency®. We work with

organisations across a variety of

sectors, supporting them with all

their marketing requirements, from

branding and graphic design to

web development to digital

campaigns. We’re naturally

curious and pride ourselves on

thinking beyond the ordinary to

help our clients make an

impression.

Lineal Software Solutions

w: lineal.co.uk

t: 01271 375999

a: Commercial House, The

Strand, Barnstaple, Devon,

EX31 1EU

As one of the foremost IT Support

providers across the South West,

Lineal Software Solutions Ltd.

exists to be your trusted

technology partner. Our

Barnstaple-based team of 30

delivers exceptional technical

support and systems expertise,

managed cloud services, software

development, cyber security and

telecommunications solutions to a

wide range of sectors.

Littledart Fulfilment Ltd

w: littledartfulfilment.co.uk

t: 07554 000827

a: Unit 5 Toll Gate Court,

Witheridge, Devon, EX16 8FE

We are a bespoke fulfilment

company based in the heart of

Devon. Specialising in working

with businesses wanting to scale

up their e-commerce operations

without losing their brand,

packaging and things that make

them, them. You could say that we

like to think outside the brown box!

Marsdens Devon Cottages

w: marsdens.co.uk

t: 01271 813777

a: 2 The Square, Braunton,

Devon, EX33 2JB

We have been offering high-quality

holiday cottages in Devon and

beyond since 1973. With 45 years

of experience, we know how to

hand-pick the very best cottages

to rent in Devon so you can be

sure of the perfect Devon holiday.

At Marsdens Devon Cottages we

pride ourselves not only on the

quality of our cottages in Devon

but also on the high-standard of

service we provide.

Marsdens Devon Cottages is

sponsoring the free networking

buffet at BBxpo.

Register for FREE entry at

bbxpo22.eventbrite.co.uk

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Short talks to help your

business thrive

Speakers,includingBBxpoexhibitorsandcontributorstoour

BusinessBoostmagazinesupplement,willbegivingtalksona

rangeofusefulbusinesstopics.

Make the most of our business community

Robert Zarywacz – Business Action

How to network effectively

Andrew Bowers – Peak Online

Cashflow – Sales is Vanity, Profit is Sanity, Cash is Reality.

Susie Kevern – Pound Lane Financial Management

Funding for your business

Rachael Taylor – SWIG Finance

How can chamber membership help you?

Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce

How can sustainability help your business thrive?

The Sustainable Business Network

What does local radio offer business?

The Voice FM

Keepuptodatewithspeakernews,informationandtimesby

visitingtheBBxpowebsite.

bbxpo.uk

BBxpo

THRIVE

With free business support for sole traders

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If you are a sole trader, micro business or limited company in Devon, Somerset, Plymouth or Torbay,

Thrive is here to support you.

• A 3-hour review meeting leading to a development plan for your business

• 1-2-1 sessions focusing on your particular needs

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Digital Support (websites, SEO, social media, Google Analytics), Leadership, Finance, HR, Innovation,

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Register online today:

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@businessactionm | Autumn 2022 | business action 17


BBxpo

JAMAICAPRESS

design • print • signs • web • office

design | concepts | logos | brand identity

print | stationery | forms | brochures | books

signs | posters | banners | exhibitions | signs

web | design | domains | seo | hosting

office | supplies | consumables | furniture

01237 452333

sales@jamaicapress.co.uk

MJM Sports

w: mjm-sports.co.uk

t: 01237 477757

a: Unit B1, Brannam Court,

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 3TD

MJM Sports are one of the leading

suppliers of teamwear and team

kit across the South West, and

throughout the UK, covering all

team sports. Based in Barnstaple

in North Devon we provide

premium branded team kit for a

huge range of sports, including

national teams, professional

league football clubs, amateur and

grass roots clubs, schools,

colleges and universities. We are

also a leading provider of great

quality personalised workwear

suitable for all occupations and

jobs, all at very competitive prices.

Node Cowork

w: nodecowork.co.uk

t: 01271 452442

a: 1 Enterprise Road,

Roundswell, Barnstaple,

Devon, EX31 3YB

Coworking space and support to

start and grow your business in

Barnstaple. We’re everything you

need, all in one amazing space.

Business support, events and

networking opportunities together

with a great place to work. Hot

desk, fixed desk, meetings rooms

and more, we’ve got it covered.

bbxpo.uk

North Devon+

w: northdevonplus.co.uk

t: 01237 428834

a: Riverbank House, Bideford,

Devon, EX39 2QG

North Devon+ is the economic

delivery agency for northern

Devon, working closely with local

authorities and the private sector

to deliver projects and initiatives

that support our objective to be the

enabler of economic growth for

people, businesses and

communities in northern Devon to

help them flourish and prosper.

North Devon UNESCO

!Biosphere

w: northdevonbiosphere.org.uk

t: 01392 388647

a: Taw View, North Walk,

Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 1EE

Inspiring a positive future by

connecting people and nature

today. Come and chat to our team

about the various projects we are

working on, including our ecoaccreditation

scheme ‘Biosphere

Business Partner’, our new

sustainable tourism web app

‘North Devon Explorer’ and our

Pledge for Nature campaign!

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BBxpo

NorthDevonUNESCO

Biospherehaslaunchedanew

webappaimedatvisitorsand

residents,tohighlightthe

fantasticexperiencesavailable

inthearea,whilehelpingto

reducepressureonthe

popularhotspots.

TheNorthDevonExplorer

webappwillprovidereal-time

informationontraffic

congestionandweather,and

aimstohelppeoplefindthe

hiddengemsinandaround

thebiosphere,spreadingthe

visitorloadandeconomy.

TheNorthDevonExplorer

appwillallowvisitorsto:

➤ Discovertherangeof

activitiesourbiospherehas

tooffer,includingnatural

andculturalhighlights;

walkingandcycletrails;

gardens,naturereserves

andwildlife;museumsand

statelyhomes.

➤ Findtheirnearestvisitor

informationcentre.

➤ Viewcurrentweather

informationattheirchosen

destination.

➤ Checktidetimesatcoastal

points.

➤ LocateEVchargingpoints

acrossthearea.

➤ Identifytrafficcongestion.

➤ Viewarangeofhospitalityrelatedbusinessescertified

bytheNorthDevon

BiosphereBusinessPartner

Eco-AccreditationScheme

Theappalsoprovides

visitorswithaguidethrough

thetownsacrossthearea

throughreciprocallinks

tothedscvrapp,launchedby

TorridgeandNorthDevon

Councilsin2021.

AndyBell,biosphere

servicecoordinator,North

DevonUNESCOBiosphere,

says:“Wehavedesignedthis

apptohelpgivevisitorsto

northernDevonaccesstoa

rangeofexperiencesthatwill

addtothequalityoftheirstay

inourarea.Withup-to-date

weatherandtraffic

information,theycanavoid

busyhotspotsandgetmore

enjoymentbyconnectingwith

ourwonderfulenvironment

andculture.”

Theprojectwasdeveloped

andpart-fundedunderthe

InterregChannelprogramme

throughtheBioCultural

HeritageTourismProjectcoordinatedbyNorthDevon

UNESCOBiosphere.This

project’saimswereto

demonstratehowtourism

growthcanbecompatiblewith

regionsofveryhigh

environmentalquality.

Aftermonthsofwork

behindthescenesgettingthe

appcreated,testedand

refined,SarahJordan,North

DevonExplorerprojectlead,

wasdelightedtolaunchNorth

DevonExplorerjustbeforethe

recentsummerholidays.

“Iurgeallaccommodation

providerstomentiontheapp

totheirguestsintheirprearrivalinformationor

welcomepacks,”saidSarah.

Theprojectwasalsopart

fundedbyTheTarkaCountry

Trust,inlinewithits

objectivesfortheconservation

ofsitesandeducationforall.

■ AccesstheNorthDevon

Explorerwebappat

northdevonexplorer.comor

chattotheNorthDevon

UNESCOBiosphereontheir

standatBBxpo.

CALLING ALL ENTREPRENEURS & INNOVATORS

Knowledge Works is a project promoting collaboration between

Petroc students and small businesses.




Have you got a business idea you want to develop?

Do you have a product you want to bring to market?

Do you want to build exposure for your business?

• Do you want to expand your existing business?

This two way knowledge transfer, and training from industry experts, aims

to support entrepreneurs and small businesses to promote innovation,

create business growth and increase productivity. Grants are available for

eligible participants to aid business ideas.

To sign up for this project contact projects@petroc.ac.uk.

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BBxpo

Peak Online

!BBxpo co-organiser

w: peak-online.uk

t: 01237 721256

Peak Online, your local web

design and digital marketing

company. Based in Bideford,

providing a personal service with

clients throughout North Devon.

Web design to suit all budgets,

from our most simple templated

websites to customised

WordPress designs – whatever

your business needs we can help

you find a solution; we support

clients in a wide range of

industries with varying levels of

requirement.

Looking for a more custom

approach we design company

CRMs and mobile apps? Our

digital marketing services include

– SEO, social media, Pay Per

Click (PPC), and email marketing.

Peak Online – One Complete

Online Solution.

Petroc

w: petroc.ac.uk

t: 01271 345291

Petroc has several employer

support projects which are

designed to provide fully funded

training to small and medium

enterprises in the Torridge and

North Devon areas. Petroc will

also be available to discuss

support for Apprenticeships and T-

Levels.

Pound Lane Financial

!Management

w: poundlane.co.uk

t: 07801 199671

Susie Kevern is a chartered

accountant who has spent the

majority of her career working in

family run SMEs. Her focus is to

make sense of business’

accounts, work with managers to

ensure they’ve got the right figures

to make good decisions and then

support them to deliver

sustainable success.

Sustainable Business

!Resource

w: thesbr.org.uk

t: 07527 971671

The Sustainable Business

Resource (SBR) is on a mission to

support and encourage small and

medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

to improve sustainability

throughout their business. It

provides one-to-one consultancy

to identify how each individual

business can reduce their carbon

footprint, reduce or replace the

use of unsustainable materials,

incentivise staff, and help secure a

more sustainable future.

SWIG Finance

w: swigfinance.co.uk

t: 01872 227 930 / 01872 227 932

SWIG Finance takes a personal

approach to business lending. We

understand that access to finance

is one of the biggest barriers

facing SMEs and startups today.

Our Start Up Loans range from

£500 – £25,000 and small

business loans from £25,001 –

£250,000.

Our mission: We aim to make

finance accessible by providing

small business loans to viable

SMEs and startups in the South

West region, which have the

potential to grow and benefit the

economy.

Utilities Warehouse

!Distributor – Nick Parry

w: uw.co.uk

t: 07890 655316

Based in North Devon, I can show

you how to make great savings on

all your household bills with the

added convenience of having

everything on the same monthly

bill! Contact me to find out how

much you could save.

Victory Digital

w: victory.digital

t: 0330 043 4184

a: 1 Enterprise Road,

Roundswell, Barnstaple,

Devon, EX31 3YB

Victory Digital is a full-service

digital marketing agency based in

Devon. Offering services such as:

search engine optimisation, social

media marketing and pay per click.

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The Voice FM

w: thevoicefm.co.uk

t: 01271 555106

a: Belle Meadow Court,

Albert Lane, Barnstaple,

Devon, EX32 8RJ

The Voice is North Devon’s local

radio station, broadcasting from

the heart of Barnstaple on 106.1

and 107.8 FM, digital DAB, online

and via the RadioPlayer App. We

are a local radio station run by

North Devonians, for North

Devonians. Our presenters come

from a variety of backgrounds but

they have three things in common;

a deep-rooted passion for local

radio; a heartfelt love for this very

special part of the country that

we’re so fortunate to live in and an

enduring wish to help and support

the community of which we are all

a part.

Zarywacz

!BBxpo co-organiser

w: z2z.com

t: 01271 879100

Need to communicate a message?

We’re here to help you with our A

to Z of communications services,

from copywriting, editing and

journalism to proofreading and

more. We write to attract the

attention you need from: articles,

case studies, blogs, social media

posts, videos, web sites. We also

produce material for multiple

channels, including printed

magazines and newspapers,

digital newsletters, web sites,

social media and video. Your

message needs to be at the heart

of all these activities – and words

provide the foundations for your

message.

Network over a bite to eat

BBxpo

Onceagain,wearegratefultoMarsdensDevonCottagesfor

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WELCOME TO

BBxpo

BIDEFORD

BUSINESS • BOOST • EXPO

co-organiser

Thursday, 27 October

10am–3pm

Devon Hall, Bideford College

Abbotsham Road, EX39 3AR

co-organiser

Business-to-business exhibition ✹

✹ Short business talks ✹

✹ Advice & support ✹

✹ Networking ✹

✹ Event guide inside – page 15 ✹

FREE BUFFET

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FREE PARKING

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