North Devon Show e-tickets now available online

e-tickets are now on sale for this year’s North Devon Show, which organisers say should help fast track visitors’ entry to the showground at Umberleigh for the one-day agricultural show on Wednesday 7 August. e-tickets also offer a discounted price. “We’re really excited about the changes to our ticketing for this year’s show,” said show secretary … Read more

Meet Business Action at the North Devon Show

The Business Action team will be exhibiting at the North Devon Show on Wednesday 7 August 2019. Meet editor Robert Zarywacz and publisher Alan Williams and tell us about your business. You can find out about what we are planning for the magazine and about our BBxpo business exhibition in Bideford on Thursday 24 October … Read more

Public consultation on new guidance to keep Exmoor families farming

Exmoor National Park Authority is inviting comments on new guidance into how new homes for rural workers and farming families in the National Park can be applied for, as part of a public consultation running for six weeks until 18 June 2019. The draft ‘Rural Worker and Succession Farm Dwelling Guidance’ applies to those working … Read more

Get free digital skills at BBxpo with the Google Digital Garage

Google is bringing its Google Digital Garage to Bideford Business Expo (BBxpo) on 24 October 2019, offering North Devon businesses free advice and coaching on their digital skills to help them grow in their business, career or confidence. The Google Digital Garage is one of Google’s flagship investment programmes in the UK, where anyone can … Read more

Magnetic North Devon | What attracted you to run your business here?

We’ve launched a new, regular feature in the latest issue of Business Action, the independent business magazine: Magnetic North Devon. What attracts people to run businesses in North Devon? While it’s a beautiful area and the quality of life is superb, with magnificent countryside, the best beaches in the country and tranquillity, this also creates … Read more

NDMA North Devon Technology Awards for school and college students

Entries are now open for the North Devon Manufacturers Association’s North Devon Technology Awards – for students 13-19 years – which aim to encourage the manufacturers of the future. These awards enable school and college students to showcase their technology projects to win an industry award. There is also a £100 cash prize. Winners will … Read more

2019 North Devon Manufacturers Association Awards open for entries

The 2019 North Devon Manufacturers Association Awards are now open for entries with the aims of identifying and celebrating the expertise, technical specialisation, innovation, growth or other success of manufacturers and schools within North Devon.   The 10 categories are: Manufacturer of the Year Team of the Year Apprentice of the Year Trainee of the … Read more

Countdown to North Devon Enterprise Day

The countdown is on to North Devon Enterprise Day on Thursday 24 October 2019! [wpcdt-countdown id=”1261″] North Devon Enterprise Day aims to build a more cohesive business community across the area, encouraging businesses to be enterprising every day, and specifically focusing on Thursday 24 October 2019 when the BBxpo 2019 business exhibition in Bideford hosts a free … Read more

Government details £2 billion South West transport investment

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP has published a Department for Transport document detailing investments adding up to £2 billion being made in transport in the South West to help the region prosper. As well as discussing the A303 Stonehenge bypass, investments in the M4 and M5 corridors and work to provide a … Read more

North Devon businesses win county tourism awards

North Devon businesses had a successful night at the 2017 Devon Tourism Awards, with several continuing a winning streak over a number of years. North Devon winners Active & Sporting Experience Award GOLD – Skern Lodge, Bideford Artistic, Cultural & Learning Experience Award SILVER – Quince Honey Farm, South Molton Café/Tearoom of the Year HIGHLY COMMENDED – Nelly … Read more

Quantity surveyors celebrate 70th anniversary with new identity

Gates Consultants is the new name for long-established chartered quantity surveyors formerly known as Gates Construction Consultants, which has offices in Barnstaple, Plymouth and Bristol. The rebranded firm was originally established in 1947 by John W Gates in Bridgwater and the practice has evolved to provide a wide range of professional services within the construction industry. … Read more

Merger fuels accountants’ expansion

Expanding chartered accountants Haines Watts South West (HWSW) has announced a merger with Sally Reed Limited, an accountancy practice with offices in Launceston and Okehampton. The merger is part of the firm’s expansion plans in line with its mid to long-term marketing strategy. HWSW now employs some 50 staff across five offices in Devon and … Read more

Council launches new business support scheme for SMEs

A new business support programme is offering a range of business support services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Devon and Somerset. The programme aims to support some 4,000 businesses with a three-hour business diagnostic check through the Heart of the South West Growth Support Programme. The three-year scheme provides free access to one-to-one … Read more

North Devon manufacturers offer STEM undergraduate sponsorship leading to a job

Manufacturing is an important part of the North Devon economy and local businesses are struggling to recruit candidates for roles requiring higher level technical skills. National shortages in technical skills compound this problem for businesses in North Devon and Torridge, who see young talent leaving the region for Higher Education elsewhere, and not returning after … Read more

Jewellery designer is finalist in awards

Barnstaple-based British silver jewellery design company Kit Heath Ltd. has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Professional Jeweller 2017 awards for Fashion Jewellery Brand of The Year.  Voted for by industry peers as a trusted and aspirational brand, Kit Heath joins the shortlist alongside international giants Pandora, Swarovski and Thomas Sabo. Brother and sister … Read more

Devon Trading Standards services merge

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards has merged with the Torbay service to form Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service. This single Trading Standards Service aims “to ensure that the objectives of all three authorities are met, but will facilitate a uniform way of operating. The new Joint Service will be sustainable, flexible and resilient, … Read more

North Devon law firm appoints two new solicitors

Two new solicitors have joined Taylors Solicitors, which has offices in Braunton and Ilfracombe, North Devon. Laura Mather is an experienced commercial and residential property solicitor specialising in all aspects of commercial and residential conveyancing, landlord and tenant matters, portfolio management and insolvency-related property transactions and security reviews. Laura read Law and Criminology at Cardiff … Read more

New appointments at North Devon accountants

Accountants Haines Watts South West, which operates two offices in North Devon and one in Cornwall, has made new appointments to its expanding team. Amy Houlford is now manager covering the Bideford head office and Barnstaple, while Fiona Davey and Mel Stone have been promoted to senior managers at the Launceston office which was acquired … Read more

Manufacturer supports winning young enterprise school team

A North Devon young enterprise team supported by TDK Corporation has won Best Company Presentation award at the South West Enterprise final. TDK Corporation is supporting Ilfracombe Academy’s Young Enterprise team and, after attending two trade fairs in Exeter, the Academy’s ‘Wood on Waves’ team presented its ‘better our beaches’ vintage body boards at the regional Young … Read more

National market research agency teams up With South West business growth specialists

Turquoise Thinking, a full service market research agency based in Barnstaple, has teamed up with business growth specialists South West Growth Service to offer a suite of products designed to help small businesses grow. Over the past 30 years, Turquoise Thinking has provided market research services to a extensive range of internationally recognised brands, and … Read more

Sportswear specialist sponsors youth rugby

Bideford-based MJM Sports has partnered with Kappa Sportswear to sponsor the Yorkshire Junior & Youth League to support teams with zero discipline and all Cup Final Winners in a three-year deal with the option to increase it to a five-year deal. The signing of the contract took part at Shaw Cross Sharks. Yorkshire Junior & Youth League Management are … Read more

Need it Find it launches in North Devon

Business Action is pleased to be working in association with Need it Find it, a new enterprise launched to offer multi-channel promotion to businesses in North Devon. Need it Find it has published its first printed advertising leaflet, offering affordable adverts to businesses and this is being distributed around the Bideford area now. It has … Read more

Medical manufacturer making an impact in Africa

Many visitors, and even residents, think that North Devon is simply a beautiful place to visit and relax in, unaware of the extent of industry here. Business Action is keen to highlight what businesses, especially manufacturers, are achieving, particularly in terms of exports. Diamedica not only manufactures and exports from North Devon to 70 countries … Read more

Exmoor Young Entrepreneur’s Award 2017

The 2017 Pinnacle Award, organised by The Exmoor Society, is now open to young people aged between 18 and 27 years who live, work or study in the Greater Exmoor area. It offers up to £3,000 to an individual or group who have an idea for a business venture in relation to agriculture, forestry, conservation, … Read more

Insurance broker celebrates third birthday of Barnstaple office

Isca Barum Insurance Brokers Ltd is celebrating the third birthday of its Barnstaple office at 3 Taw Vale. Opened in April 2014, the office is going from strength to strength. Isca Barum is one of the leading independent insurance brokers in the South West and provides both businesses and personal insurance solutions that are tailored to the specific needs … Read more

North Devon wealth management firm builds on reputation

Philip Milton, managing director of Barnstaple-based Philip J Milton & Company Plc, has been invited to be a panellist at an Exeter symposium hosted by a Financial Times’ publication. FTAdviser, which recently sought Philip’s comments for an article, is presenting on ‘Ways to Protect Against Inflation’ as part of its ‘Income For All’ ‘Open For … Read more

Lundy Island project attracts £1 million from Heritage Lottery Fund

The St Helen’s Church on Lundy has received a confirmed grant of £999,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the St. Helen’s Centre Appeal. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery Players, the project can go ahead and enable the significant repair and refurbishment work on St Helen’s Church, which will save the church … Read more

Marmalade company scoops multiple world awards

The Proper Marmalade Company, based in Ilfracombe, North Devon, is celebrating after collecting a huge haul of awards at the 2017 World’s Original Marmalade Awards held at Dalemain House and Gardens in Penrith, Cumbria. Artisan Excellence Longstanding awards patron Mackays of Dundee were delighted to present a new accolade, the ‘Mackays Award for Artisan Excellence’, to the … Read more

Medical manufacturer wins two Africa Healthcare awards

Diamedica, the designer/manufacturer of anaesthesia and respiratory solutions based in Bratton Fleming in North Devon, has won two out of the six awards at the recent Africa Healthcare Summit in London: the International Innovation of the Year and the Solution of the Year. Diamedica won the awards for its Helix Portable Ventilators. Their design builds on earlier ventilators … Read more

Exmoor Ask looks to new agricultural ambitions

Upland farmers from Exmoor have come together to state their ambitions to deliver for people and the environment through a reshaped agricultural policy, as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. The priorities of Exmoor farmers are twofold: To keep the benefits for the public and society from upland areas such as clean water, … Read more

Business Awards success

Congratulations to North Devon and nearby businesses who have won awards at the recent South West Tourism Awards: Glamping Business of the Year Gold – Longlands – www.longlandsdevon.co.uk Holiday Park & Village of the Year Gold – Darwin Beach Cove Ltd – www.beachcoveretreat.co.uk Silver – Hele Valley Holiday Park – www.helevalley.co.uk Large Attraction of the Year Silver – The Milky Way Adventure Park – www.themilkyway.co.uk … Read more

Wild Christmas escapes in North Devon

Conservation charity Devon Wildlife Trust is urging people to spend just a small part of the festive season getting away from the excesses and stresses on wild Christmas escapes. “We wanted to offer people a chance to escape some of the stresses of Christmas by re-connecting with local nature,” said Devon Wildlife Trust’s Steve Hussey. … Read more