Ventriloquist and puppeteer Merlynda adapts business to continue entertaining

As a ‘walkabout ventriloquist’ at festivals, fairs, parks, public events and private family events, Bucks Mills-based ventriloquist Merlynda is seeing many of these cancelled due to Coronavirus. In response to the situation, Merlynda has closed her puppet theatre and puppet museum in Bucks Mills, which was open every week, to reduce the risk of contagion … Read more

COVID-19: Guidance for businesses, employers and employees on Coronavirus

Updated: 30 March 2020 Business owners and employees in North Devon might find it useful to bookmark the web pages below and refer to them frequently for official updates relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) from government, councils and other organisations. We will add resources as they become available. UK Government Announcements The UK Government outlines its … Read more

North Devon packaging specialist wins £7.9 million MoD contract

Barum & Dewar (B&D), the UK-based specialist packaging company, has been awarded a contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to design and deliver a wide range of specialist packaging solutions in support of the New Style of IT (Deployed) Projects (NSoIT(D)). NSoIT Deployed is the MoD-designed-and-owned deployable communications and information system for UK … Read more

What’s the difference between a lawyer, accountant and a surveyor?

Emma Slade of Slee Blackwell Solicitors, sponsor of the Outstanding New Business Award 2020, discusses professional negligence I would like to say that the question above is the beginnings of a great joke and then sock you with a hilarious punchline. But sadly, I can’t.  As a solicitor who specialises in professional negligence claims, I can say … Read more

Leading shelving brand ceases production

A combination of circumstances has resulted in the closure of the Spur Shelving manufacturing facility in Torrington on Friday 31 January 2020. Founded in 1953, since when it has grown into one of the most respected names in the shelving industry, manufacturing of Spur Shelving was resumed in Torrington in 2007 by Storage Solutions. Storage … Read more

Business Action Awards 2020

Business Action, the independent North Devon-based business magazine, is launching its inaugural business awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses based or operating in North Devon. The award categories will open for entries one by one starting from Monday 20 January. Aims Building on its successful first year as the area’s only dedicated business … Read more

Accredited international trade training sessions in North Devon

In response to feedback from North Devon members, Devon and Plymouth Chamber is hosting a series of six special skills and international trade training courses in Barnstaple. The courses will support businesses trading internationally or wanting to develop trade internationally and, accredited by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), cover the critical steps for any … Read more

Merry Christmas

What a year it’s been! When we published our first issue in February, we had no idea how Business Action would be received by North Devon businesses. The response of readers has been tremendous. After publishing our first six issues, we’d like to thank all advertisers, contributors, readers and supporters. We wish you all a … Read more

Small business prize draw

To celebrate Small Business Saturday today, Business Action is running a prize draw for North Devon businesses to win a two-hour one-to-one PR and media session.  The winning small business can choose whether to use this session to review its existing communications material, examine the potential for future publicity or sketch out a media plan … Read more

North Devon small business celebrated at House of Lords by national campaign

The UK’s top small businesses, including North Devon’s Business Action, receive special recognition at an exclusive House of Lords reception.  Business Action is one of this year’s Small Biz 100, chosen for its contribution to both the UK economy and its local community, ahead of this weekend’s Small Business Saturday, which will be held on 7 December.  The event presented … Read more

15-Sep-19 Business Action is Small Business Saturday’s #SmallBiz100 of the day

Today we are thrilled to be Small Business Saturday‘s featured #SmallBiz100. We’re grateful to be representing Devon in the #SmallBiz100 and hope this helps all small businesses across the county. Although Small Business Saturday is on 7 December 2019, we’ll be doing a lot to promote this national campaign over the next few months. Facebook … Read more

UK’s Top ‘Small Biz 100’ unveiled by Small Business Saturday

Independent North Devon-based business magazine, Business Action has been selected as one of 100 trail-blazing small businesses in the official count-down to Small Business Saturday, which takes place across the UK on 7 December 2019.  Business Action is one of this year’s ‘Small Biz 100’, a selection of small businesses drawn from every corner of the UK that … Read more

Tech South West Awards open for entries

The Tech South West Awards are now open for entries to celebrate the best of technology across the region’s businesses and recognise and celebrate talent, creativity, business success, education, leadership, diversity and more. There are 23 award categories ranging from Best Startup, International Success and Tech Entrepreneur of the Year, to Sustainable Tech, Tech Education … Read more

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

Business promotion grant available to help Devon firms exhibit across the UK

Devon Delivers has announced the latest round of its Business Promotion Grant scheme, which aims to help Devon-based companies promote their goods or services to national and international trade audiences at UK-based events. Businesses throughout Devon are invited to apply for grants of up to £1,500 through a competitive bidding process. The funding will support … Read more

Ryanair launches Exeter to Alicante winter service from 29 October 2019

Ryanair is launching new winter flights from Exeter Airport to Alicante in Spain starting  29 October 2019. The announcement of the twice-weekly service comes days after Ryanair launched three new routes from Exeter to Malta, Malaga and Naples, its first ever flights from the airport. It will also enable passengers to continue flying from Exeter … 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

Petroc Centre of Technology & Innovation Excellence Exploration Breakfast

Petroc is in the early development stages of its new Centre of Technology and Innovation Excellence (CoTIE), which is likely to house a clean room and proof of concept/prototyping labs and design facilities, together with a small flexible conference/office space to support SMEs who are looking to develop new and innovative products and ideas. The … Read more

Big Devon March 2019

Walking is the simplest and easiest way to fit more activity into your everyday routine. Helping you to stay healthy, stay productive, burn calories and feel great. Active Devon aims to make March the month that you add more walking into your day and feel the great benefits of being more active. Join The Big … Read more

Business Action launches

We are delighted to announce the launch of the first issue of our new Business Action magazine, which took place at the Riverbank Bar & Bistro in Bideford today. Watch out for the magazine across North Devon in the weeks ahead.

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

North Devon manufacturer wins nationals awards

Bideford-based TCi (GB) Ltd has won two awards at the Considerate Constructors Scheme National Company and Supplier Awards: a Gold award and the trophy for Most Considerate Supplier – an accolade more often won by large corporations. The gold award recognises the commitment TCi has shown to the Code of Considerate Practice at the highest level, … Read more

Environmentally friendly packaging for food firm

Ilfracombe Foodservice has selected Vegware to provide plastic-free materials for all its disposable food packaging items. The company made this decision to consciously ditch plastic packaging and move to Vegware eco catering disposables to meet demands for sustainable solutions for foodservice packaging and to look after the environment. Sustainability is central to Ilfracombe Foodservice due to the … 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