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Business Action | Summer 2024

Summer 2024 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news on business and enterprise in the area. This issue includes the winners of the North Devon Business Awards 2024, how to book stands for the BBxpo business-to-business exhibition in Bideford, more awards schemes, local business directory listings plus more.

Summer 2024 issue of the independent North Devon-based business magazine covering news on business and enterprise in the area. This issue includes the winners of the North Devon Business Awards 2024, how to book stands for the BBxpo business-to-business exhibition in Bideford, more awards schemes, local business directory listings plus more.

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NEWS<br />

Vol 6 Issue 2 – <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2024</strong> – distribution 2,000<br />

WELCOME<br />

Robert Zarywacz<br />

Editor & Publisher<br />

t: 07971 176044<br />

e: robertz@business-action.co.uk<br />

Awardsareourmainfocusthis<br />

issue.Insideyoucanseeand<br />

readaboutthewinnersofown<br />

NorthDevon<strong>Business</strong>Awards<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.Congratulationstoall!<br />

ThenIwasluckyenoughto<br />

beHighlyCommendedin<br />

Devon&PlymouthChamber<br />

ofCommerce’sSteveWhiteway<br />

Award(seeleft),whichisa<br />

greathonour.<br />

Youcanalsoreadabout<br />

otherawardschemesnowopen<br />

forentries.Awardscanbegood<br />

forpromotingyourbusiness.<br />

Forexample,ourwinners<br />

receivefreepromotioninthis<br />

magazineandonlineto<br />

recognisetheirachievements.<br />

Dochoosewhichawards<br />

youentercarefully–someare<br />

respectedmorethanothers–<br />

butdotaketheopportunity<br />

andgoodluck!<br />

SUMMER <strong>2024</strong> CONTENTS<br />

Finding finance to secure growth.................................................................... ii<br />

See current visitor trends online..................................................................... 1<br />

Peer-to-peer network provides board level support................................ 1<br />

<strong>Business</strong> park grows............................................................................................ 2<br />

What if there were no freelancers?................................................................. 2<br />

Book your stand at BBxpo.................................................................................. 3<br />

Sparkling 40-year celebration .......................................................................... 3<br />

Leisure: New attractions at castle................................................................... 5<br />

Leisure: New golf park offers sport for all................................................... 5<br />

Leisure: A wine bar with a harbour view...................................................... 5<br />

New fitness and wellness hub.......................................................................... 6<br />

Directory: Find products and services......................................................... 7<br />

North Devon <strong>Business</strong> Awards<br />

Awards Celebration............................................................................................... 8<br />

Join activities............................................................................................................ 9<br />

Cover story: Winner champions sustainability ........................................ 10<br />

Winning streak for manufacturer..................................................................... 12<br />

Royal Navy selects SEA’s Ancilia for £135m contract........................... 12<br />

Awards winners....................................................................................................... 14<br />

Enter: North Devon Manufacturing Awards................................................ 16<br />

Enter: West Country Women Awards............................................................ 16<br />

Enter: Devon Women in <strong>Business</strong> Awards.................................................. 17<br />

Enter: King’s Awards for Enterprise............................................................... 17<br />

Awards winners continued................................................................................. 18<br />

Advertise..................................................................................................................... 22<br />

Investing in the future: (from left) Brent Treloar of The FSE Group and<br />

Rachael Taylor of SWIG Finance<br />

Finding finance to secure growth<br />

Launched in July 2023bythe<br />

British<strong>Business</strong>Bank,the<br />

SouthWestInvestmentFund<br />

(SWIF)isdeliveringa£200<br />

millioncommitmentofnew<br />

fundingtosmallerbusinesses.<br />

Thefundaimstodrive<br />

sustainableeconomicgrowth<br />

bysupportinginnovationand<br />

creatinglocalopportunityfor<br />

newandgrowingbusinesses<br />

acrosstheSouthWest.It<br />

providesloansfrom£25kto<br />

£2mandequityinvestment<br />

upto£5mtohelparangeof<br />

smallandmedium-sized<br />

businessestostartup,scale<br />

uporstayahead.<br />

Recently,RachaelTaylor,<br />

businessmanagerof SWIG<br />

Finance,andBrentTreloar,<br />

businessdevelopment<br />

managerofTheFSEGroup,<br />

hostedaneventtoinform<br />

NorthDevonaccountants,<br />

bankers,businessadvisors<br />

andbusinessrepresentative<br />

organisationsaboutthefund<br />

andhowbusinessescanaccess<br />

it.SWIGFinanceandtheFSE<br />

GrouparebothSWIFdelivery<br />

partners,coveringthefull<br />

rangeoffundingofferings<br />

betweenthem.<br />

From £100k to £5m<br />

TheFSEGroupmanages<br />

SWIFloansfrom£100kto<br />

£2mandequityinvestments<br />

upto£5m.<br />

SWIFdebtfinanceprovides<br />

largeramountsoffinance<br />

neededtomovegrowing<br />

businessestothenextlevel.<br />

Fundingmightbeforhiringa<br />

newteam,launchinganew<br />

productorservice,funding<br />

marketingcostsorpurchasing<br />

newmachineryorequipment.<br />

Debtfinanceisdesignedfor<br />

companiesthatdemonstrate<br />

growthpotential.<br />

Equityfinancecanbe<br />

particularlyimportantfornew<br />

andinnovativecompanies<br />

withhighgrowthpotential,as<br />

itcanprovidelong-term<br />

backingtofundbusiness<br />

growththroughtorevenue<br />

andprofit.Itcanbesuitable<br />

foranestablishedbusiness<br />

withambitiousplans,ora<br />

largestart-upwithhigh<br />

growthpotential.<br />

“Weofferaverypersonal<br />

service–therearenocall<br />

centres,”saysBrett.“We’re<br />

verygoodatsignposting<br />

clientstotherightsolution.”<br />

■ DetailsBrentTreloar07534<br />

381045orthefsegroup.com<br />

From £25k to £100k<br />

SWIGFinancemanagesthese<br />

SWIFloansforstartingup,<br />

scalinguporgrowth.(Itsown<br />

offeringincludesStartUp<br />

loansfrom£500to£25k.)<br />

SWIGoffersasimilarly<br />

personalserviceandRachael<br />

Taylorsays:“Ourlending<br />

decisionsaremadebypeople,<br />

notcomputers.”<br />

■ DetailsRachaelTaylor<br />

07483079970or<br />

swigfinance.co.uk<br />

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included in this magazine do not constitute business advice. Readers are strongly recommended to seek advice from an appropriate professional before taking any action on<br />

any topic discussed in the magazine and to check full terms and conditions of any products or services promoted in advertisements.<br />

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See current visitor trends online<br />

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TheSouthWestVisitor<br />

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Unlikeone-offsurveys,<br />

aggregatedandup-to-date<br />

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Thehub’saimistohelp<br />

businessesandorganisationsin<br />

thetourismsectorunderstand:<br />

➤ WhovisitsDevonand<br />

Somerset<br />

➤ Howmanyvisitorstravelhere<br />

➤ Whattheythinkaboutthe<br />

area<br />

➤ Whypeoplearen’tvisiting<br />

andwhattheirperceptions<br />

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➤ Whattheeconomicimpact<br />

oftourismis<br />

➤ Whatthefutureholds<br />

➤ Impactofdigitalmarketing<br />

➤ Howyourbusinessis<br />

performingagainstpeers<br />

➤ Whatimpactsbusiness<br />

performance,forbetterand<br />

worse<br />

Easytouse,businessescan<br />

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thesectorischanging,both<br />

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organisationswithbetter,more<br />

comprehensiveinformationso<br />

thattheycanmakebetter<br />

decisionsaboutmarketing,<br />

planning,policymakingand<br />

investinginthetourismsector<br />

forthefuture.<br />

Forthedatainthesystemto<br />

betrulyrobustandgivea<br />

completepicture,every<br />

businessneedstoplaytheir<br />

partbyprovidingbasic<br />

Visitor data on your screen: (from left) Alex Spalding (business engagement<br />

representative), Kevin Millington and Jess Watkins (co-directors of Acorn T-<br />

Stats, developer of the South West Visitor Economy Data Hub)<br />

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basis.No-oneelsecanseethis<br />

data,butwhencombinedwith<br />

alltheotherintelligenceinthe<br />

system,eachuserwillbeableto<br />

understandsomuchmore,<br />

includingbeingableto<br />

comparetheirperformance<br />

withsectorpeers.<br />

TheSouthWestVisitor<br />

EconomyHubistheproductof<br />

extensiveconsultationwith<br />

tourismbusinessesand<br />

organisationsintheregion,as<br />

wellasDevon&Plymouth<br />

ChamberofCommerce,<br />

SomersetChamberof<br />

Commerce,Devon’sTop<br />

AttractionsandPASC.<br />

Createdspecificallyfor<br />

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muchneededreal-timedata<br />

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MANUFACTURING HEADER<br />

1. Roundswell Enterprise Park expansion from the air 2. (from left) James Doble (JD Commercial), Chris Davy (Devon County Council), Councillor Paul Henderson,<br />

Councillor Rufus Gilbert and Charles Berry, John Delve and Lewis Watts of Onyx <strong>Business</strong> Parks<br />

Commercial developerOnyx<br />

<strong>Business</strong>Parkshasannounced<br />

itscommitmenttopurchasing<br />

itslatestsiteatRoundswell<br />

EnterprisePark.Thisstrategic<br />

moveunderscoresOnyx’s<br />

confidenceintheNorthDevon<br />

businesscommunityand<br />

marketcondition.<br />

Onyx<strong>Business</strong>Parks<br />

obtainedplanninginlate2023<br />

forthedevelopmentof29<br />

hybridbusinessunitsextending<br />

over35,000sqft.Thehigh<br />

quality,multifunctionalbusiness<br />

unitscanbeusedbyavariety<br />

ofsmalltomedium-size<br />

businesseswithunitsizesfrom<br />

1,000to10,000sqft.<br />

Theschemewillgenerate<br />

54+temporaryjobsduring<br />

constructionand160full-time<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

<br />

Specialists in custom designed and manufactured<br />

Machinery and services.<br />

3D Design & Build<br />

New machinery & machinery upgrades<br />

Electrical Panels & Programming<br />

Stainless Steel Fabrication<br />

Hygienic Orbital Welding<br />

CNC Machining & Turning<br />

Project Management<br />

Research & Development<br />

Contact : info@tawtech.com<br />

01271 377688<br />

www.tawtech.com<br />

<strong>Business</strong> park grows<br />

jobsonsiteoncecomplete.The<br />

grossvalueaddedisestimated<br />

tobec.£10millionperannum<br />

oncecompleted.<br />

RoundswellEnterprisePark<br />

islocatednexttotheA39near<br />

Barnstaple,akeylocationfor<br />

businessdistributionand<br />

manufacturing.Itsstrategic<br />

placementnexttotheNorth<br />

DevonLinkRoadoffersdirect<br />

linkstoJunction27ontheM5<br />

andtocoastallocationsviathe<br />

A39AtlanticHighway.<br />

Onyx<strong>Business</strong>Parks’sales<br />

managerLewisWattssays:“We<br />

havebeenencouragedbythe<br />

numberofenquirieswe’ve<br />

receivedindicatingpositivityin<br />

theNorthDevonandSouth<br />

West<strong>Business</strong>Market.”<br />

InkeepingwithOnyxvalues,<br />

theschemeputssustainability<br />

attheheartofthedevelopment,<br />

installingsolarPVonallunits<br />

withEVchargersandmeeting<br />

EPCAandBREEAM<br />

‘Excellent’benchmark.<br />

Unitsaredueforcompletion<br />

in<strong>2024</strong>andareonsale,<br />

providinganopportunityfor<br />

businessesreadytogrowand<br />

progress.Theyareidealfora<br />

rangeofbusinesses,providing<br />

flexiblelayoutsforoccupants.<br />

CharlesBerry,managing<br />

directorofOnyx<strong>Business</strong><br />

Parks,says“Wearepleasedto<br />

collaboratewithDevonCounty<br />

Councilinbringingthe<br />

multifunctionalbusinessunit<br />

schemetofruition.There’sbeen<br />

significantinterestfroma<br />

diverserangeofboth<br />

establishedandemerging<br />

businessesthroughoutNorth<br />

Devonseekingbestinclass<br />

accommodation.”<br />

<strong>Business</strong>unitsareavailable<br />

throughJDCommercialEstate<br />

AgentsinBideford.Managing<br />

directorJamesDoblesays:“The<br />

schemegivesarareopportunity<br />

forowneroccupierbusinesses<br />

topurchaseaunit.InBarnstaple<br />

inthelast10yearstherehasn’t<br />

beenasingleindustrialscheme<br />

wherealloftheunitshavebeen<br />

availabletopurchaseandthat<br />

hasmadepurchasingaunitfor<br />

yourbusinesstricky,particularly<br />

whensecond-handunitsare<br />

rarelyonthemarket.<br />

“Demandforunitshasnever<br />

beenhigher,butthen25years<br />

agounitsweregenerally<br />

occupiedbygarages,small<br />

manufacturers,engineersand<br />

similar,whereasnowtheyare<br />

utilisedforsomuchmorefrom<br />

e-commerceandgymsto<br />

tradespeopleandcafes.”<br />

■ Details01237424053or<br />

jd-commercial.co.uk<br />

What if there were no freelancers?<br />

That’sthequestionposedbya<br />

newresearchwhitepaper<br />

launchedinBarnstaple,<br />

exploringtheimpactfreelancers<br />

haveontheeconomy.<br />

Authoredbystartupand<br />

smallbusinessexpertsTown<br />

SquareSpacesLtd(TownSq),<br />

thepaperlooksatthecurrent<br />

landscapeforfreelancers,what<br />

rightsandsupportareavailable<br />

forthemandwhatcanbedone<br />

topromotefreelancingasa<br />

positivecareerchoice.<br />

Thereare1.86million<br />

freelancersintheUK,making<br />

itaworkforcelargerthanthe<br />

UK’sbiggestemployer,the<br />

NHS(1.3m).Togetherthey<br />

contributeapproximately£140<br />

billiontotheUKeconomy<br />

eachyear.<br />

Althoughfreelancer<br />

numbersgroweveryyear,<br />

thereisstillahugeelementof<br />

risk,withnoaccesstosick<br />

leaveorpaternity/maternity<br />

support.Otherbarriers<br />

includecontractorreforms<br />

imposedbyHMRC(IR35).<br />

GarethJones,chief<br />

executiveofTownSq,hopes<br />

thepaperwillinspiregreater<br />

discussionabouthowto<br />

supportfreelancers:“Theidea<br />

forthepapercamefrom<br />

hearinganunsympathetic<br />

quipfromaspecialadviserin<br />

Whitehallafterthepandemic<br />

employeesupportand<br />

businessloanschemesoffered<br />

nosupportformanyselfemployedworkers.Theysaid<br />

‘Can’tallthesefreelancersjust<br />

goandgetjobs?’.”<br />

■ Formoreinformation,read<br />

thewhitepaperat<br />

atnomorefreelancers.com<br />

2 business action | <strong>Summer</strong> <strong>2024</strong> | business-action.co.uk


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Sparkling 40-year celebration<br />

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“Reaching40yearsisa<br />

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Thebusinesshascomea<br />

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sparkstartedwhenhe‘recycled’<br />

thefamilycandlesticks,melting<br />

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alifelongpassionforcreating<br />

originalsilverjewellery.<br />

Katiebroughtherartistic<br />

flairtothepartnershipand<br />

todayheadstheBarnstaple<br />

company,andplaysapivotal<br />

roleineachjewellerydesign.<br />

Theirjourneyunderscores<br />

theprofoundsupportand<br />

collaborationthatsiblingscan<br />

offereachother,formingthe<br />

bedrockofKitHeath’ssuccess.<br />

Theyearofcelebrationis<br />

focusedon‘kindnessand<br />

connection’tothankeveryone<br />

whohasbeenpartofKit<br />

Heath’ssuccess.Thisincludes<br />

donating500piecestotheUK<br />

charitySmartWorksand<br />

supportinglocalcharities<br />

NorthDevonHospice,<br />

Children’sHospiceSouthWest<br />

andFamiliesInGrief<br />

throughouttheyear.<br />

■ kitheath.com<br />

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New attractions at castle<br />

Watermouth Castle,near<br />

CombeMartin,recently<br />

openeditsnewadventureplay<br />

village,HobbledownBay.<br />

Afteracquisitionbythe<br />

EscapadeGroupinearly2023,<br />

HobbledownBayispartofa<br />

£1.2million<br />

investmentinthe<br />

visitorattraction.<br />

Localschools<br />

wereinvitedtobe<br />

thefirstto<br />

experiencethemagic<br />

ofthenewattraction<br />

–billedasthelargest<br />

outdoorplayvillage<br />

inDevon.<br />

Theplayground<br />

featuresroleplaytowers,<br />

castles,huts,bridges,slides<br />

netsandanuniquewater<br />

pillow.Childrencanimmerse<br />

themselvesinexploringthe<br />

PixieRoleplayVillageandthe<br />

interactiveMiningVillage.<br />

Withtwoestablishedsites<br />

inSurreyandLondon,the<br />

Hobbledownfamilyisdefined<br />

byitsgroundbreakingstyleof<br />

innovative,explorativeplay<br />

bringingimaginationtolife.<br />

NickdeCandole,founder<br />

oftheEscapadeGroup,said:<br />

“Wecouldn’tbemoreexcited<br />

tounveilHobbledownBay.It’s<br />

athrillingadditionthat<br />

promisestosparkwonderand<br />

adventureforallourvisitors,<br />

youngandoldalike.”<br />

Atie-inillustratedstory<br />

book–TheTidesof<br />

Watermouth:AChildren’s<br />

FantasyNovel–hasalsobeen<br />

launched,tellingthetaleof<br />

New golf park offers sport for all<br />

LEISURE<br />

howthe<br />

Hobblers<br />

cameto<br />

Devon.<br />

Thetale<br />

includesfairies,Hobblers,<br />

sailboats,smugglers,forest<br />

spiritsandmore.<br />

Otherimprovements<br />

includetheFairyMuseum,<br />

whichinvitesgueststouncover<br />

thesecretmagicalhistoryof<br />

WatermouthCastle.TheBig<br />

RiverRidehasalsobeen<br />

A wine bar with<br />

a harbour view<br />

transformedwithnew<br />

animatronicsandboatsand<br />

therearefournewly-renovated<br />

castleapartments.<br />

Widerlandscapingworks<br />

includingbirdandbatboxes<br />

andtreeplantingwillfurther<br />

enhancethecastle’snatural<br />

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Creative UK<br />

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NFU Mutual Barnstaple & Bideford<br />

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International Trade Matters Ltd<br />

Bampton<br />

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IT<br />

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t: 01271 375999<br />

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t: 01409 255533<br />

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MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY<br />

Improved Ways<br />

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The Clovelly Soap Company<br />

Clovelly<br />

t: 01237 432280<br />

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Smart Manufacturing<br />

Bideford<br />

t: 01237 471977<br />

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Taw Tech<br />

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t: 0843 289 1339<br />

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North Devon Networking Group<br />

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Torridge <strong>Business</strong> Networking<br />

Westward Ho!<br />

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OFFICE SUPPLIES<br />

South West Office Supplies<br />

North Devon<br />

t: 01271 889337<br />

w: swofficesupplies.co.uk<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY / VIDEO<br />

Beep Media<br />

Barnstaple<br />

t: 07967 021307<br />

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Chivenor<br />

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PRINTING<br />

Jamaica Press<br />

Buckland Brewer<br />

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RECRUITMENT<br />

Cooper Golding<br />

Barnstaple<br />

t: 01271 349745<br />

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RETAILERS<br />

Pedlars<br />

Ilfracombe<br />

t: 01271 863509<br />

w: Facebook @pedlarsofilfracombe<br />

SIGNS<br />

Doubleuprint<br />

Barnstaple<br />

t: 01271 268 041 / 07866 420436<br />

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The Sign Maker<br />

High Bickington<br />

t: 01769 561355<br />

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SOLICITORS<br />

Seldons Solicitors<br />

Bideford<br />

t: 01237 479121<br />

w: seldons-solicitors.co.uk<br />

SPORTS EQUIPMENT<br />

Aramis Rugby<br />

South Molton<br />

t: 01769 550284<br />

w: aramisrugby.co.uk<br />

TELECOMS<br />

Zero7<br />

Barnstaple<br />

t: 01271 370707<br />

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TRAINING & SKILLS<br />

Petroc<br />

Barnstaple & Tiverton<br />

t: 01271 345291<br />

w: petroc.ac.uk<br />

Skern Training & Skills<br />

Appledore<br />

t: 01237 809 469<br />

w: skerntrainingandskills.co.uk<br />

TRAVEL AGENTS<br />

Clare Flint – Travel Counsellors<br />

North Devon & UK<br />

t: 01271 828990<br />

w: travelcounsellors.co.uk/clare.flint<br />

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT<br />

Harrison Belle Virtual Solutions<br />

Torrington<br />

t: 07703 226343<br />

w: hbvirtualsolutions.co.uk<br />

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DeepMoorin1998anditis<br />

oneofthecompany’sfoursites,<br />

includingotherwastetransfer<br />

stationsandcompostingsites<br />

acrossDevon.<br />

SinceDeepMoorwascapped<br />

andclosedoffforgeneral<br />

landfill,Coastalhasrefocused<br />

siteactivitiesontoseparating<br />

andrecyclingwaste,including:<br />

Surprise is a major feature of the North Devon <strong>Business</strong> Awards.<br />

Because we encourage entries from businesses in all locations, from<br />

all sectors and of all sizes, we never know what businesses the<br />

judges will be judging. This year the North Devon <strong>Business</strong> of the Year<br />

was selected by the judges from all the category award winners in a<br />

secret ballot so the announcement of the winner they had chosen was<br />

another surprise for them. And it was a further surprise and delight to<br />

editor Robert Zarywacz to learn who he would visit to interview as<br />

North Devon <strong>Business</strong> of the Year <strong>2024</strong>: Coastal Recycling<br />

➤ Commercialwastetransfer<br />

stationwherewastematerial<br />

ofallkindsissortedand<br />

processedforrecycling.The<br />

siteacceptswastefromlarge<br />

constructionfirms,largeand<br />

smallcommercialbusinesses<br />

aswellasotherwaste<br />

managementcompanies<br />

acrossNorthDevon.<br />

➤ Processingforrecyclingof<br />

allcurbsiderecycling<br />

collectionsfromTorridge<br />

DistrictCouncilresidentsas<br />

wellascommercialrecycling<br />

fromlocalbusinesses.<br />

➤ Shreddingandprocessingof<br />

12,000tonnesperyearof<br />

gardenwastefromNorth<br />

Devonresidents.This<br />

gardenwasteistransformed<br />

intonutrient-richsoil<br />

improverwhichisdistributedtoDevonfarms,<br />

allotmentsandcommunity<br />

gardenprojects.<br />

➤ Twosolararrays–with<br />

plansformore–toreduce<br />

DeepMoor’srelianceon<br />

traditionalelectricity<br />

generationandincreaseits<br />

exportsupplytothenational<br />

grid,whichalsoreducesits<br />

carbonfootprint.<br />

➤ Householdwasterecycling<br />

centreundercontractto<br />

DevonCountyCouncil.<br />

➤ Landfillpowergeneration<br />

capturingmethanegas<br />

producedfromburied<br />

landfillwasteviaacomplex<br />

systemofpipesandwells<br />

spreadacrossthesite.These<br />

feedthegasbacktostate-ofthe-artenginesthatburnit<br />

togenerateuptotwo<br />

megawattsofelectricityper<br />

hour–enoughtopower<br />

4,000+homes–exportedto<br />

thenationalgrid.<br />

Whose waste is it?<br />

Manypeopleconsiderlandfill<br />

anunacceptablepracticefor<br />

disposingofwaste,butwho<br />

generatesthiswaste?<br />

Theansweris:wealldo.<br />

Andsomethinghastobe<br />

donewithit.<br />

CoastalRecycling’sservices<br />

helpcommercialandresidential<br />

customersmanageanddispose<br />

ofwasteresponsiblyandwith<br />

maximumpossiblecareforthe<br />

environment.<br />

Fromhireofasmall3cubic<br />

yardskipforahomeDIY<br />

projecttoregularwheeliebin<br />

collectionfrombusinesses,<br />

Coastal’scollectionservices<br />

addressawiderangeofneeds,<br />

fromfoodtoconstructionand<br />

hazardouswaste.<br />

Separatingmaterialsis<br />

essentialtomaximisethe<br />

proportionthatisrecycledand<br />

Coastalrecyclesorrecovers<br />

90%+ofwasteithandles.<br />

Who is responsible?<br />

Recyclingsignificantlyreduces<br />

wastesenttolandfillandeach<br />

ofuscanhelpshrinkthis<br />

furtherbyreducingtheamount<br />

ofwastewegenerateinhomes<br />

andbusinesses.<br />

“Weareproactiveinhelping<br />

customersachievetheir<br />

sustainabilitygoals,”explains<br />

EmilyDelve.Thisincludes<br />

conductingwasteauditsfor<br />

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AWARDS<br />

ustainability<br />

North Devon <strong>Business</strong> of the Year <strong>2024</strong><br />

sponsored by<br />

customerssotheycanseewhat<br />

wastetheyproduceandhowto<br />

reducethis.<br />

Emilyaddsthatit’simportant<br />

forbusinessestoseparatewaste<br />

andtoensureallemployeesare<br />

awareofthis.Appointinga<br />

wastechampioncanalsoraise<br />

awarenesssothatrecycling<br />

becomesanautomaticactivity.<br />

Aswellasauditsandadvice,<br />

Coastaloffersenvironmental<br />

monitoringtohelpbusinesses<br />

managetheirphysicalimpact<br />

ontheenvironment.<br />

Internal sustainability<br />

Whilesustainabilitypervades<br />

Coastal’sservicesforcustomers,<br />

awardsjudgeswereimpressed<br />

byitsinternalactivities,suchas<br />

appointinganenvironmental<br />

andsustainabilityadvisorto<br />

monitoritscarbonfootprint<br />

andotherenvironmental<br />

measures.Itisalsogrowingits<br />

fleetofelectriccompanycars,<br />

withchargingpointsinstalled<br />

atitsoffices,andisworkingon<br />

introducingsmartand<br />

hydrogentechnologiesinits<br />

fleetofHGVs,skiptrucksand<br />

articulatedlorries.Anditssolar<br />

arraysandlandfillpower<br />

generationharnessthe<br />

potentialofenergyresources<br />

availableatDeepMoor.<br />

Community commitment<br />

Inadditiontocaringforthe<br />

environment,Coastal<br />

Recyclingcaresaboutpeople.<br />

Thecompanyiswholly<br />

employeeownedandinJune<br />

2021transferred100%ofits<br />

sharestoall154staffviaan<br />

EmployeeOwnershipTrust.<br />

Employeeownershiphas<br />

improvedcommunications<br />

withstaffaboutthebusiness,<br />

includingfinancialandnonfinancialKPIs.Teamsare<br />

encouragedtoscrutinisedata,<br />

askquestionsandshowthat<br />

betterunderstandingoftargets<br />

andobjectivesbenefitsall.<br />

Everyemployeehasa<br />

traininganddevelopmentplan,<br />

andinternalpromotion<br />

frequentlyenablesstaffto<br />

progressalongcareerpaths.<br />

Apprenticeshipsarealso<br />

availableacrossmanyfunctions<br />

fromdrivingtocustomer<br />

service,financeandHR.<br />

Externally,CoastalRecycling<br />

workswithmanylocalschools<br />

andsocialenterprises.Ithas<br />

donatedlargeamountsof<br />

composttofarms,allotments<br />

andcommunityprojects,<br />

including18tonnestoTorridge<br />

DistrictCouncilforthe<br />

redevelopmentofVictoriaPark<br />

inBideford.Italsosupported<br />

TorridgesideAFCinbuildinga<br />

much-needednewclubhouse<br />

anditsponsorsthekitofthe<br />

U11sfootballteam.<br />

Worthy winner<br />

Commentingontheawards<br />

wins,Emilysaid:“It’samazing<br />

toberecognisedandahuge<br />

thankyoutoourteamin<br />

Torrington,aswithoutthemwe<br />

wouldnotbereceivingthis.”<br />

■ Details01805623496or<br />

coastaluk.co.uk<br />

Announcing the winner of winners on stage : (from left) Editor Robert<br />

Zarywacz with Coastal Recycling director Emily Delve holding<br />

the North Devon <strong>Business</strong> of the Year <strong>2024</strong> award presented by sponsor<br />

Philip Milton, managing director of Philip J Milton and Company plc<br />

Sustainable <strong>Business</strong> <strong>2024</strong> Winner<br />

sponsored by<br />

The North Devon <strong>Business</strong> of the<br />

Year <strong>2024</strong> winner’s artwork on<br />

display at Coastal Recycling:<br />

Wave was created by North Devon<br />

artist Lisa White<br />

The Sustainable <strong>Business</strong> Award<br />

winner’s artwork Everlasting<br />

Flowers was created by North<br />

Devon artist Alison Nicholson<br />

Environmental champion: The Coastal Recycling team receive the<br />

Sustainable <strong>Business</strong> Award <strong>2024</strong> from Andy Bell (2 nd right), director of<br />

sponsor North Devon UNESCO Biosphere<br />

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AWARDS<br />

Winning streak for manufacturer<br />

SEA (Systems Engineering &<br />

Assessment)isanoutstanding<br />

exampleofabusinessthatboth<br />

designsandmanufactures<br />

productsinNorthDevonand<br />

exportsthemacrosstheworld.<br />

BasedinBarnstaplefor60+<br />

years,SEAisnowpartof<br />

Cohortplc,andhasfurther<br />

officesinBeckington,Bristol<br />

andCanada.Specialisingin<br />

defenceandintelligent<br />

transportsystems,thecompany<br />

exportstooverseasmarkets<br />

includingEurope,Asia,South<br />

America,Canada,New<br />

Zealand,andAustralia.<br />

“WinningtheInternational<br />

Trade&ExportsAwardisareal<br />

testamentandcelebrationof<br />

everyoneatSEA,”saidRichard<br />

Flitton,SEAmanagingdirector.<br />

“Ithasbeenafantasticyear,<br />

withSEA’sstate-of-the-art<br />

technologyselectedbyarmed<br />

forcesacrosstheglobe.<br />

“Fromthelaunchofour<br />

innovativetrainabledecoy<br />

launcher,Ancilia,totheexport<br />

ofourTorpedoLauncher<br />

Systemacrossfourcontinents,<br />

we’reproudtoberepresenting<br />

NorthDevononan<br />

internationalplayingfield<br />

demonstratingtheexpertise<br />

andinnovationthattakesplace<br />

atoursiteinBarnstaple.”<br />

SEAbuildslong-term<br />

relationshipswithitscustomers<br />

sothatitunderstandstheir<br />

needsandtheytrustittodeliver.<br />

Withnaviesoperatingarange<br />

ofdifferentvessels,SEAensures<br />

itsproductspecificationsare<br />

Following the announcement of a £135 million MoD contract win, SEA<br />

in Barnstaple was announced winner of the International Trade &<br />

Exports Award <strong>2024</strong>. Editor Robert Zarywacz visited SEA on<br />

Pottington <strong>Business</strong> Estate to interview managing director Richard<br />

Flitton and tour its facility<br />

International Trade & Exports Winner<br />

sponsored by<br />

International Trade & Exports Award <strong>2024</strong> winner: (from left) editor<br />

Robert Zarywacz with Kerry Parfitt of SEA, Linda Middleton-Jones of sponsor<br />

International Trade Matters and Paul McCarthy of SEA<br />

adaptabletomeettheirneeds.<br />

Thecompanyexports30%ofits<br />

productsandhasdiversifiedits<br />

saleschannelssothatitisnot<br />

overreliantonanyonemarket<br />

sectororgeographicalregion.<br />

Toattractandretainthe<br />

skilledandcommittedpeopleit<br />

requirestosupportthisrapid<br />

businessgrowth,SEAhas<br />

introducedarobusttalent<br />

acquisitionstrategy.<br />

Explainingwhyitspeople<br />

aresoimportant,Richard<br />

Flittonsays:“SEAisaleaderin<br />

itsfield,butthatisonly<br />

possibleduetoourpeople,<br />

whichiswhywecontinueto<br />

investinourworking<br />

environment,teamand<br />

The International Trade & Exports<br />

Award <strong>2024</strong> winner’s artwork:<br />

On Tour by Cristie Bowcher-Royce<br />

employeebenefitstoensure<br />

SEAattractsandretainsthe<br />

besttalent.”<br />

SEAemployssome380<br />

peopleintotal,anumberof<br />

whomhavespenttheirentire<br />

careerswiththecompany.Its<br />

currentsuccesshasledto40+<br />

internalpromotionsoverthe<br />

pastyearandtherecruitment<br />

of100newemployees.<br />

Itsapproachtorecruitment<br />

isopen–welcomingapplications<br />

frompeoplefromarangeof<br />

backgroundsandtraining,and<br />

beingfullytransparentabout<br />

salaryandbenefitsinadverts.<br />

Thecompanyvaluesattitude<br />

andwillingnesstolearn,and<br />

offersacomprehensivebenefits<br />

packagetoenticenewrecruits<br />

andretainthem.<br />

Skillsdevelopmentisvital<br />

andapprenticeshipsplayabig<br />

partinthis,withmanysenior<br />

managersandleadershaving<br />

startedasapprentices.<br />

SEA’sachievementsarean<br />

inspirationanditsawardwin<br />

forexportsiswelldeserved.<br />

■ Details01271337500or<br />

sea.co.uk<br />

Royal Navy selects SEA’s Ancilia for £135m Maritime Countermeasures contract<br />

SEA (Systems Engineering and<br />

Assessment)hasbeenawardeda£135<br />

millioncontractbytheUKMinistryof<br />

Defence(MoD)toprovideaTrainable<br />

DecoyLaunchertoimproveRoyalNavy<br />

surfaceshipdefensivecapabilities.<br />

Ancilia,SEA’shighlymodularand<br />

flexiblemaritimecountermeasures<br />

solution,hasbeenselectedtoprovide<br />

ElectronicWarfareCountermeasures<br />

Increment1a(EWCM1a).Anciliadelivers<br />

effectiveandrapidprotectionagainst<br />

modernanti-shipthreats,aswellasother<br />

sophisticatedsystemsandtactics.Itwillbe<br />

installedacrossarangeofRoyalNavy<br />

surfaceships.ItsdesignbuildsonSEA’s<br />

deepknowledgeofexistingsystemsin<br />

servicewiththeRoyalNavy.<br />

Astep-changeindecoylauncher<br />

technologyfromtraditionalfixed<br />

solutions,Ancilia’strainablenature<br />

removestheneedtomanoeuvrethevessel<br />

tocounterincomingthreats.Itsrelatively<br />

smallsizeandweightenablesrapid<br />

installationonawiderangeofmaritime<br />

platforms,andithasthecapabilityto<br />

configurethefiringofmultipledecoy<br />

typesinvaryingpositions,providingthe<br />

RoyalNavywithatrulyflexiblecountermeasuressolution.<br />

Alongsidesystemsandsoftware<br />

integrationwork,SEAandChess<br />

Dynamics,afellowCohortcompany,will<br />

manufactureandexportAnciliafrom<br />

facilitiesinNorthDevonandSussex<br />

respectively,creatingandsafeguarding<br />

morethan150highlyskilledjobs.SEA<br />

seesapromisingrangeofexport<br />

opportunitiesforAncilia,andsuccessin<br />

thesecouldcontributefurthertoregional<br />

prosperityandemployment.<br />

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AWARDS NEWS<br />

Artist <strong>Business</strong> Achievement Winner<br />

sponsored by<br />

COMBETOONS<br />

CombeToonsofIlfracombe<br />

waspresentedwiththeArtist<br />

<strong>Business</strong>AchievementAward<br />

bySuzieWestandSamSpake<br />

ofsponsor Creative UK.<br />

Theawardartwork–Spring<br />

Greens II–wascreatedby<br />

NorthDevonartist Jenny Spry.<br />

CombeToons,startedasan<br />

artistichobby,emergedasa<br />

fledglingcreativebusinessin<br />

2019,sincewhenKarenFrench<br />

hassoldherartworkonlineand<br />

throughlocalgalleries,<br />

exhibitionsandartmarkets.<br />

Heraimistoproduce<br />

profitable,highqualityartthat<br />

isaffordableandaccessible.<br />

Karenhasmovedfrom<br />

traditionalprintmakingto<br />

digitalartandstartedcreating<br />

brandingforbusinesses.<br />

Onreceivingheraward,<br />

Karensaid:“Ifeelreally<br />

honouredtobereceivingthis<br />

newaward.NorthDevonisa<br />

realhubforartistsofall<br />

differentmedia.Thereisa<br />

commonthemeofcollaboration:<br />

everyonehereintheartworld<br />

supportseachotherandIthink<br />

weareanuntappedresource<br />

that’sherewaitingtobrighten<br />

everyone’sday.”<br />

■ combetoons.com<br />

Artist Support <strong>Business</strong> Excellence Winner<br />

sponsored by<br />

STUDIO KIND.<br />

Studio KIND.,representedby<br />

HowardPorter,waspresented<br />

withtheArtistSupport<br />

<strong>Business</strong>ExcellenceAwardby<br />

StellaLevyofsponsor North<br />

Devon Arts.<br />

Theawardartwork–In the<br />

Footsteps of Ancients–was<br />

createdbyNorthDevonartist<br />

Kate Eldridge.<br />

Director LauraPortersaid:<br />

“Ahugethankyouforgiving<br />

ustheopportunityofbeing<br />

partoftheawardsandwe’reso<br />

thrilledthatwewon.”<br />

StudioKIND.isanartistledcontemporarygalleryand<br />

artspacewhichmovedfrom<br />

BrauntontoBarnstaple<br />

PannierMarket’sCornStore<br />

inJanuary<strong>2024</strong>.Acommunity<br />

interestcompany,StudioKIND.<br />

presentstheworkofboth<br />

localandnational,earlycareerandestablishedartists<br />

throughambitiousanddiverse<br />

eventsandexhibitions,<br />

curatedtoexciteimaginations,<br />

challengeperceptionsand<br />

createconnections.<br />

Itaimstoraisetheprofile<br />

ofcontemporaryartinNorth<br />

Devon;supportingand<br />

promotingtherapidly-growing<br />

localartsscenewhile<br />

showcasingartisticactivity<br />

fromaroundtheUK.<br />

■ studiokind.org.uk<br />

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AWARDS HEADER<br />

THE BINGE BOX<br />

The Binge Boxwaspresented<br />

withtheBestEmployerAward<br />

byEliotSeabourn-Wrenof<br />

TheCarltonHotel,Ilfracombe.<br />

Theawardartwork–Robin<br />

–wascreatedbyNorthDevon<br />

artist Philip Barnes.<br />

OwnerLaurenRaynorsaid:<br />

“Iwanttodedicatethisaward<br />

Best Employer Winner<br />

toallmyamazingstaffwho<br />

worksohardbehindthe<br />

scenesfrombakingtoserving<br />

todelivering.Tohavesucha<br />

dedicatedteammakesitso<br />

mucheasiertorunsucha<br />

successfulbusiness.<br />

“Aspecialmentiontomy<br />

studentShannonwhohas<br />

beenwithussinceSeptember<br />

whenshefirstcametowork<br />

withusshewassoshyand<br />

nervousandnowshe’ssucha<br />

confidentyoungwoman.<br />

“Wecouldn’thaveaskedfor<br />

abetterresultandamazing<br />

evening.”<br />

TheBingeBoxisa<br />

homemadedessertshopin<br />

Barnstaplewithateamof10.<br />

Ithasadeliberatelycalm<br />

recruitmentprocesstoprevent<br />

interviewnervesandhas<br />

workedwithPetroctosupport<br />

astudentovercomedifficulties,<br />

whoisnowthrivingatbaking.<br />

Ithascreatedaveryflexible<br />

environmentandeveryone<br />

pullstogethertocoverthe<br />

businessandsupporteach<br />

other.Italsosupportsstaff<br />

withtraining.<br />

■ the-bingebox.org<br />

HOGWASH SOAP<br />

Hogwash Soapwaspresented<br />

withtheBestRetailerAwardby<br />

awardsjudgeMartinSlocombe<br />

of361Energy.<br />

Theawardartwork–Torrs<br />

View–wascreatedbyNorth<br />

Devonartist Jennie Cousins.<br />

OwnerChristineKeeley<br />

said:“Ireallyliketosupportin<br />

theshopTorringtonmakers<br />

andNorthDevonmakers,but<br />

particularlyTorringtonmakers,<br />

andthepeopleofTorrington<br />

havebeenbeensoamazingin<br />

theirsupport.Socometo<br />

Torrington!”<br />

ChristinehasrunHogwash<br />

SoapinTorringtonasabricksand-mortarshopforeight<br />

years.Itmakessoap,creams,<br />

bodywashes,andbathbombs<br />

byhandintheshop,runs<br />

workshopsforsoapmaking<br />

andhiresthespaceforother<br />

makerstorunworkshops.It<br />

onlystocksitemshandmadein<br />

Devon,willopenuponrequest<br />

forcustomersandships<br />

worldwidefromitswebsite.<br />

Best Retailer Winner<br />

Itoffersabespokegiftbox<br />

servicewherecustomerscan<br />

chooseanythingfromtheshop<br />

whichcanbepostedforthem<br />

withtheirpersonalmessage.<br />

■ hogwashsoap.co.uk<br />

<strong>Business</strong>-to-<strong>Business</strong> Excellence Winner<br />

SAFE WORKING LIFTS<br />

Safe Working Liftswas<br />

presentedwiththe<strong>Business</strong>to-<strong>Business</strong>ExcellenceAward<br />

byBarryLlewellyn-Reesof<br />

NFU Mutual Barnstaple and<br />

Bideford,sponsorofthe<br />

AwardsCelebrationevening.<br />

Theawardartwork–Success<br />

–wascreatedbyNorthDevon<br />

artist Rosie Burns.<br />

SafeWorkingLiftsisthe<br />

fastest-growingindependent<br />

liftcompanyintheSouthWest.<br />

Itisfamilyrunandemploys30<br />

people,andtreatsemployees<br />

andcustomerslikefamily.It<br />

offersliftmaintenance,<br />

repairs,refurbishmentsand<br />

emergency24/7breakdown<br />

coverto2,000+contracted<br />

assets,includingcarehomes,<br />

doctors,MoDbases,hotels,<br />

retailchains,blocksofflats<br />

andresidentialproperties.<br />

Thecompanyhasobtained<br />

manyaccreditationsandISOs,<br />

demonstratingthehigh<br />

standardsofitsoperations.It<br />

isalsoamemberofLEIA,the<br />

leadingbodyforthelift<br />

industrywithintheUK.<br />

Thisisthesecondyearthat<br />

SafeWorkingLiftshaswonthe<br />

<strong>Business</strong>-to-<strong>Business</strong>Excellence<br />

Awardandithasenjoyed<br />

continuingsuccess,winning<br />

morecontractsandemploying<br />

morestaff.<br />

■ swlifts.co.uk<br />

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North Devon<br />

Manufacturing<br />

Awards<br />

North Devon Manufacturers<br />

Associationisnowrunning<br />

itsannualawards.<br />

Anymanufacturercan<br />

enter–bothNDMAmembers<br />

andnon-members–forfree<br />

intheninecategories:<br />

➤ Apprentice<br />

➤ Trainee<br />

➤ Team<br />

➤ Health&SafetyInitiative<br />

➤ EnvironmentalProject<br />

➤ <strong>Business</strong>Transformation<br />

➤ InternationalTrade<br />

➤ Innovation<br />

➤ Product<br />

Allentrantsareconsidered<br />

fortheManufacturerofthe<br />

YearAward.<br />

Thewinnerswillbe<br />

announcedattheprize-giving<br />

ceremonyattheBarnstaple<br />

HotelonThursday10<br />

October.<br />

■ Fordetailsandtoenter<br />

onlinevisitndma.org.uk<br />

DEADLINE: 15 JULY<br />

(from left) Awards ambassador for<br />

North Devon Alison Savory,<br />

Alexis Bowater OBE and Tess Stuber<br />

Afternoon teaatCastleHill,<br />

FilleighsetthesceneforcofoundersanddirectorsAlexis<br />

BowaterOBEandTessStuber<br />

tointroducetheWestCountry<br />

WomenAwardsto100<br />

assembledwomenfromacross<br />

NorthDevon.<br />

Afterawelcomefromthe<br />

CountessofArran,ViceLord-<br />

LieutenantofDevon,Alexis<br />

explainedhowtheWest<br />

CountryWomenAwards<br />

shineaspotlightonwomen<br />

whodemonstrateexcellence<br />

andinnovationthrough<br />

AWARDS HEADER<br />

West Country Women Awards<br />

categoriesincluding:<br />

➤ BestSupportingAct<br />

➤ CombattingViolence<br />

AgainstWomenandGirls<br />

➤ DiversityandEquality<br />

➤ EmployeeoftheYear<br />

➤ EntrepreneuroftheYear<br />

➤ Green<strong>Business</strong>oftheYear<br />

➤ InspirationalLeader<br />

➤ PhoenixAward<br />

➤ Small<strong>Business</strong>oftheYear<br />

➤ WomeninConstruction<br />

andProperty<br />

➤ WomeninHealthand<br />

Wellbeing<br />

➤ WomeninSport<br />

➤ WomeninSTEM<br />

Alexisaddedthatfromthe<br />

momentwomenarenominated,<br />

theyareincludedina<br />

supportivenetworkspanning<br />

theSouthWest.Theawards’<br />

seven-monthnetworkingand<br />

trainingseasonalsoincludes<br />

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nominees:half-pricetraining<br />

inconfidencebuilding,public<br />

speakingandovercoming<br />

impostorsyndrome.<br />

“Whenwepromiseto<br />

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Alexis Bowater OBE<br />

ShealsointroducedAlison<br />

SavoryofOneAcupuncturein<br />

Barnstaple,whohastakeup<br />

theroleofNorthDevon<br />

Ambassadorfortheawards,<br />

oneofsixawardsambassadors<br />

acrossCornwall,Devon,<br />

DorsetandSomerset.<br />

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Devon Women in <strong>Business</strong> Awards<br />

The Devon Women in<br />

<strong>Business</strong>Awards,organised<br />

byMaureenTownsendand<br />

LouiseJenner(pictured),are<br />

nowopenforentries.<br />

Selfentryisencouraged,<br />

althoughnominationsfor<br />

FemaleApprentice,Female<br />

EmployeeoftheYearandBest<br />

SupportingAct(anygender)<br />

arewelcomed.<br />

DWIBcollaborateswith<br />

otherDevonawardschemes<br />

includingtheTorbayInspiring<br />

<strong>Business</strong>Awards,Devon<br />

ChamberAwardsandthe<br />

NorthDevon<strong>Business</strong><br />

Awards.Femalefinalistsin<br />

theseschemeswillbeentered<br />

forthemostrelevantcategory.<br />

DWIBalsopartnerswith<br />

theWestCountryWomen<br />

Awardsand<strong>2024</strong>winnerswill<br />

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grantingthemdirectentryto<br />

theWestCountryWomen<br />

Awards2025semi-finals.<br />

Thesecollaborations<br />

provideentrantswithseamless<br />

progressionfromlocalto<br />

countytoregionalawards.<br />

Theawardcategoriesare:<br />

➤ Apprentice<br />

➤ Start-Up<br />

➤ Employer<br />

➤ Small<strong>Business</strong><br />

➤ Employee<br />

➤ CustomerService<br />

Excellence<br />

➤ Eco-Friendly<strong>Business</strong><br />

➤ Charity/Project/Group<br />

➤ InspirationalLeader<br />

➤ SupportActoftheYear<br />

➤ SoleTrader/Freelancer<br />

Winnerswillbeannouncedat<br />

WinsladeManor,ClystSt<br />

Maryontheeveningof<br />

Saturday9November.<br />

■ Fordetailsandtoenter,visit<br />

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award-categories<br />

DEADLINE: 12 SEPTEMBER<br />

AWARDS HEADER<br />

King’s Awards<br />

for Enterprise<br />

It is always a delight to<br />

welcomeMarkAnsell,Deputy<br />

LordLieutenantofDevon,to<br />

theNorthDevon<strong>Business</strong><br />

Awardstotalkaboutthe<br />

benefitsofenteringtheKing’s<br />

AwardsforEnterprise.<br />

Onceagain,Markisurging<br />

morebusinessesacrossthe<br />

county,especiallyinNorth<br />

Devon,toentertheKing’s<br />

Awardsand<strong>Business</strong><strong>Action</strong><br />

supportshim.<br />

TherewerejustfiveDevon<br />

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whichenteredaftermeeting<br />

MarkaswinneroftheNorth<br />

DevonBestEmployerAward<br />

in2022.MooFreewas<br />

recognisedforPromoting<br />

Opportunity.<br />

In<strong>2024</strong>,therewerefour<br />

Devonwinners–including<br />

MillbrookDairyCompanyLtd<br />

inBideford,recognisedfor<br />

InternationalTrade.<br />

Anybusinesswithtwofulltimeemployees(orequivalent)<br />

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provideconsiderablebenefits,<br />

includingbothnationaland<br />

internationalrecognition.<br />

Manywillbeawareofthe<br />

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➤ PromotingOpportunity<br />

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Whiletheapplicationprocess<br />

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Takealookattheawards,<br />

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AWARDS<br />

Digital & Online Achievement Winner<br />

sponsored by<br />

GETBETTER<br />

GetBetterwaspresentedwith<br />

theDigital&OnlineAchievement<br />

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Theawardartwork–Reach<br />

for the Stars–wascreatedby<br />

NorthDevonartist Lesley<br />

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FounderRichEvanssaid:<br />

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We’realreadylookingforward<br />

tonextyear.”<br />

GetBetterisasmallagency<br />

specialisinginpersonalised<br />

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■ getbetter.co.uk<br />

SMD PHARMACY<br />

SMD PharmacyinIlfracombe<br />

waspresentedwiththe<br />

ConsumerExcellenceAward<br />

byClareBakerof Devon &<br />

Plymouth Chamber of<br />

Commerce.<br />

Theawardartwork–Blue<br />

Consumer Excellence Winner<br />

Sky Thought Birds –was<br />

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SMDPharmacysaid:“We<br />

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AWARDS<br />

Made in North Devon Winner<br />

sponsored by<br />

THREADLOXX<br />

ThreadLOXXwasannounced<br />

asthewinneroftheMadein<br />

NorthDevonAwardsponsored<br />

by The Sign Maker.<br />

Theaward<br />

artwork–Foliage–<br />

wascreatedby<br />

NorthDevonartist<br />

Lesley Taylor.<br />

Poppy-LeaPrice<br />

oftheSignMaker<br />

presentedtheaward<br />

toLexfrom<br />

ThreadLOXX<br />

(picturedright)as<br />

founderJonBondwas<br />

travellingonbusiness.<br />

InaNorthDevon<strong>Business</strong><br />

Awardsfirst,wecaughtup<br />

withJonintransitandhewas<br />

abletorecordavideoforusto<br />

playattheLandmarkTheatre<br />

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ceremoniesyouseeonTV.<br />

Jonsaid:“Hello,I’msorryI<br />

can’tbewithyoutonightin<br />

Ilfracombe.I’m<br />

reallypleasedto<br />

hearthatwe’ve<br />

wontheMadein<br />

NorthDevon<br />

award.I’m<br />

currentlyenroute<br />

toFloridaon<br />

ThreadLOXX<br />

businessso<br />

apologiesfornot<br />

beingthereto<br />

accepttheaward,<br />

butthankyouto<br />

allthejudges,theawards<br />

sponsorandtoRobertand<br />

hopefullyI’llseeyouallsoon.”<br />

ThreadLOXXisadreadlock<br />

hairstylist,creatinglocsfrom<br />

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2020whenitdevelopedits<br />

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tiesolution,whichhassoldin<br />

thousandsworldwide.Thereis<br />

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dreadlockscommunity,nor<br />

doesanyotherdreadlocktie<br />

sellasmanyunits.<br />

ThreadLOXXhascaught<br />

theattentionofinternational<br />

musicstarsandJonoften<br />

provideshisservicesforthem<br />

atfestivals.Ashemissedthe<br />

awards,aboveisaphotoofJon<br />

withtheawardinhisstudio.<br />

■ threadloxx.com<br />

SMS SCAFFOLDING<br />

South Molton Scaffoldingwas<br />

presentedwiththeExcellencein<br />

Building&ConstructionAward<br />

byDeputyLordLieutenant<br />

MarkAnsell.<br />

Theawardartwork–I Like<br />

It But…–wascreatedbyNorth<br />

Devonartist Quiet British<br />

Accent.<br />

DirectorDomStoneman<br />

said:“We’repleasedtobeback<br />

Excellence in Building & Construction Winner<br />

hereafterlastyeartopickup<br />

thisaward.It’sagreatpleasure<br />

toacceptitagain.<br />

“99%ofourworkisin<br />

NorthDevon.We’reafamily<br />

ownedbusiness,takingover<br />

fromourfather,andour<br />

grandfatherwaspartofthe<br />

businessaswell.”<br />

BrotherZakStoneman<br />

added:“Wewouldn’tbehereif<br />

itwasn’tforallouremployees<br />

puttinginthehardworkouton<br />

thetools.Allcreditforthem.<br />

Thankyou.”<br />

SMShasbeenoperating<br />

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34+years,providingscaffolding<br />

servicestothedomestic,<br />

commercial,industrialandnew<br />

buildsectors.<br />

Itemploys25scaffolders,<br />

twodirectorsandthreeoffice<br />

staff.AllstaffliveinNorth<br />

Devonandmostofitsprojects<br />

areinthearea.Itcontinuesto<br />

trainstafftothehighestlevelso<br />

itcandeliveranytypeof<br />

projecttoclientsandensure<br />

thesafetyofclientsby<br />

providingscaffoldingofthe<br />

highestquality.<br />

Domconcludes:“Wewere<br />

trulyhonouredtowinthis<br />

categoryin2023andfeelwe<br />

havemetandmadegreat<br />

achievementsinthelast12<br />

monthstocomebackagain<br />

andshowourcommitmentto<br />

ourindustryandourstaffin<br />

whomweinvestintraining.”<br />

■ southmoltonscaffolding.co.uk<br />

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AWARDS HEADER<br />

Young Achiever Winner<br />

sponsored by<br />

GEORGINA LEES<br />

Georgina Lesswasannounced<br />

aswinneroftheYoung<br />

AchieverAwardsponsoredby<br />

Petroc,althoughatthelast<br />

momentwasunabletoattend<br />

theAwardsCelebration.<br />

Theawardartwork–Sea<br />

Star–wascreatedbyNorth<br />

Devonartist Victoria Owen.<br />

HayleyCorkellandNicola<br />

AllenofPetrocmetwith<br />

Georginathefollowingweekat<br />

oneoftheWoolacombeholiday<br />

propertiesGeorginamanages<br />

topresentherwiththeaward.<br />

Georginastruggledwith<br />

medicalissuesatschool,but<br />

dreamedofbecomingareal<br />

estateagent.<br />

Shecompletedabusiness<br />

apprenticeshipatPetroc,then<br />

workedherwayupinlocal<br />

businesses,acquiringextra<br />

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GeorginastartedSeaShore<br />

Cottages,herownluxury<br />

holidayrentalbusinessin<br />

Croyde,Sauntonand<br />

Woolacombe,attheageof20.<br />

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BARKHAM<br />

Barkhamwaspresentedwith<br />

theExcellenceinHospitality&<br />

TourismAwardbyPhilParker<br />

of ArtMakers,whomadethe<br />

originalsuggestiontopresent<br />

worksofartbyNorthDevon<br />

artistsasthetrophies.<br />

Theawardartwork–Beach<br />

Day in North Devon–was<br />

createdbyNorthDevonartist<br />

CombeToons.<br />

Excellence in Hospitality & Tourism Winner<br />

OwnerLeonieAnderson performancesofexceptionally<br />

said:“Wemainlyconcentrate highstandard.Thespaceis<br />

onofferingretreatsforartists, alsousedforretreatsand<br />

makers,writers,creative workshops,usuallyfor8to20<br />

peopleorenvironmentally guests,andisattracting<br />

awarepeopleoryogis,andI’ve groupsinternationally,<br />

beenreallyfocusingonthe includingfromtheUSA.<br />

artssidesotogetofferedan ■ barkham-exmoor.co.uk<br />

awardlikethisisdoubly<br />

rewarding.Hopefully,it’sa<br />

reflectionofthefactthat<br />

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Andthankyouverymuch<br />

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Barkhamwasboughtasa<br />

privatehomewithadditional<br />

accommodationinthree<br />

attachedcottagesanda13x5<br />

metregalleryin2018.Ithas<br />

quicklyestablisheditselfasa<br />

venuestagingmusic<br />

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Outstanding New <strong>Business</strong> Winner<br />

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waspresentedwiththe<br />

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AwardbyawardsjudgeMike<br />

MatthewsofLinealSoftware<br />

Solutions.<br />

Theawardartwork–Lost<br />

and Found–wascreatedby<br />

NorthDevonartist Howard<br />

Porter.<br />

FounderChrisFloressaid:<br />

“Winningthisawardisoneof<br />

theproudestthingsIhave<br />

achievedtodate.<strong>Business</strong>is<br />

toughandbeingrecognisedby<br />

peoplewhoarenotinvolvedin<br />

thebusinessletsmeknowthat<br />

weareontherightpathand<br />

needtokeepgoing.”<br />

TheWeightisOver<br />

Academyhelpspeoplegofrom<br />

anunhealthyweighttoa<br />

healthyone.Ithascreated<br />

resourcesinavarietyof<br />

formatssopeoplecanbenefit<br />

fromthemethodoflearning<br />

thatbestsuitsthem,frominpersonclassestostep-by-step<br />

booklets,plusonlinesupport<br />

andprogrammes.Itprovidesa<br />

comfortableplacewhere<br />

peopledon’tfeelself-conscious<br />

andfocusesonpromoting<br />

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broughttoyouthroughthe<br />

30+years’experienceof<br />

communicationspartnership<br />

Zarywacz.<br />

Foundedin1994byRobert<br />

Zarywaczandjoinedby<br />

brotherSimonZarywacz,the<br />

partnershipworkswithclients<br />

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providingcopywriting,<br />

editing, journalismand<br />

proofreadingservicestothe<br />

professional,technology,<br />

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othersectors.<br />

Robertdrewonthis<br />

extensiveexperiencetolaunch<br />

thismagazine,theawardsand<br />

exhibitionsin2018and<br />

thoroughlyenjoysworking<br />

withbusinessesand<br />

organisationsinNorthDevon<br />

andaimstoexpandthese<br />

activitiesfurther.<br />

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