Free disability awareness workshops restart

The Be Ready Employer Hub Autumn 2021 schedule of courses for its Disability Awareness in the Workplace open programme is now available to book. All services and training courses are available free of charge to Devon-based employers and start-ups. See details below or join a 30-minute ‘taster’ webinar to find out what the courses cover … Read more

Facilities group wins defence contract

Boden Group, with its head office in Barnstaple, has been selected by KBS Maritime as a strategic partner to provide facilities management and reactive maintenance services to Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth as part of the Future Maritime Support Programme (FMSP). The contract requires Boden Group to deliver a suite of hard facilities services … Read more

27 Sep 21: Barnstaple Jobs Fair

Jobcentre plus is hosting a jobs fair in Barnstaple Pannier Market, North Devon from 9.30am to 1.00pm on Monday, 27 September 2021. Employers looking to recruit staff are welcome to book stands by contacting Tony or Sharon at DWP by emailing Jobseekers are invited to drop in on the day to meet employers.

First new apprentices join shipyard

Harland & Wolff welcomed five new apprentices to its Appledore shipyard as part of its very first ‘Apprentice Induction Day’ in September 2021. The scheme will run in partnership with Petroc, with apprentices ranging from 16 to 38 years in age, with a mixture of genders. The day enabled the newest recruits to tour the … Read more

New manager for shipyard

Harland & Wolff Appledore has recently welcomed Tom Hart as new general manager. With 30+ years’ experience in project, operations and construction management in the UK and United Arab Emirates, Tom joins Appledore from Dubai-based Drydocks World where he was director of projects and engineering. Tom began his career in the Merchant Navy as a … Read more

Business Action North Devon Business Awards 2021

The winners of the 12 categories in the Business Action North Devon Business Awards 2021 will be announced in a free online event from 7pm to 9pm on Friday 18 June 2021. Join us with finalists, sponsors and more to find out which businesses have been selected as winners in each category and which of … Read more

Free training for hospitality businesses

Petroc has received funding to support employers and employees in the hospitality sector and is offering fully funded (free) training sessions in March which cover the following; ​Distance Learning Bite size sessions BUSINESS AND FINANCE Leading and Motivating a Team Preparing to deliver excellent customer service • Solving problems and making decisions Understanding Leadership Conflict … Read more

Building supplies firm joins south of England group

RGB Building Supplies has been acquired by Grant & Stone to become part of the largest independent builders merchant group in southern England.  The company will continue trading as RGB Building Supplies across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset, and its head office will still be located in Barnstaple. The majority of RGB’s executive board of directors will not change and its current chief executive Kevin Fenlon will remain leading the business.  … Read more

Startup Club to support new businesses in North Devon

A fully-funded, after-hours support programme aimed specifically at helping North Devon residents to start and grow a business is launching at the new Node Enterprise Centre in Barnstaple. Initially held online, Startup Club will give local people thinking of starting their own business or looking to turn their passion into a career, all the resources … Read more

Covid support update

Over the past year, the support that the Government is offering businesses to protect jobs and income has developed as they have learned what’s effective and justifiable. Here Susie Kevern of Pound Lane Financial Management and Charlotte Pengelly of Fitzgerald HR look at what support is currently available to businesses While we can’t look past … Read more

Traders join Torrington Commons support scheme

Businesses in Torrington are supporting the preservation and management of Torrington Commons by joining a scheme offering discounts and benefits to shoppers. 36 businesses have now signed up to the 365 Supporters Group launched by Great Torrington Commons Conservators. Torrington Commons comprise 365 acres of land surrounding Torrington, except on its eastern side. The land … Read more

Shipyard to recruit apprentices in North Devon

Harland & Wolff, which is preparing to resume shipbuilding at its recently acquired Appledore Shipyard, is planning to launch an apprenticeship scheme in 2021 in North Devon and Belfast. It will offer apprenticeships across three distinct functions: trade, (welders, pipefitters, electricians, riggers, fabricators, etc); technical, (engineers, naval architecture); and business support (sales, administration). Highlights of … Read more

8 Jan 2021: #MicroBizMatters Day for UK micro businesses

MicroBizMatters Day the annual Day of Recognition, Action and Learning for UK micro business owners returns on Friday 8 January 2021. 95% of all businesses in the UK are micro businesses (0-9 employees and under £2 million turnover). MicroBizMatters Day is a social media day when more than one million business owners give a little … Read more

Business Action Awards 2021 launched

Business Action, the independent North Devon business magazine, launched its annual business awards on 1 January 2021. Following a successful first year when 100+ entries were received in 2020, the Business Action Awards 2021 return with 12 awards categories, including the new International Trade Award sponsored by International Trade Matters. The awards are open to … Read more

Manufacturers start slow journey back to growth

Make UK, the Manufacturers’ Association, and business advisory firm BDO have published a survey showing that South West manufacturers are continuing the long road back towards growth from the historic lows experienced earlier in the year. The survey also highlights the brutal impact of the pandemic with the sector forecast to see a 12% drop … Read more

Seeking North Devon businesses’ views on imports / exports

International Trade Matters, a specialist in overseas trade advice and support for businesses, has launched a survey to assess the needs of North Devon businesses concerning importing and exporting. Supporting North Devon+ to understand what support needs to be provided to businesses, International Trade Matters is asking businesses that import or export or who are … Read more

Builders merchant supports local with £6,500 giveaway

RGB Building Supplies is supporting local independent shops and vouchers with its ‘Support Local’ initiative.
 The builders merchant is giving away £500 worth of independent shop and venue vouchers every week until the end of January. Every Monday until 25 January, RGB will launch a giveaway where prizes will include 10 £50 vouchers to spend … Read more

2020-11-25: Grow your business in lockdown

The Be Ready Employer Hub webinar planned for Purple Tuesday has now been rescheduled for 2–3pm on Wednesday 25 November – it’s free to join. As well as looking at how businesses can make themselves more accessible to £274 billion spending by people with disabilities and their families, it will discuss ways in which businesses … Read more

#ndevonXMAS supports North Devon businesses

Use the #ndevonXMAS hashtag to promote your North Devon products and services this Christmas Christmas is when many businesses make most of their sales for the year. Whatever your opinion on this, lots of people buy gifts for family and friends, prepare special food for the holiday and spend time with each other. Christmas 2020 … Read more

Power supply manufacturer announces £11.5 million Ilfracombe investment

TDK Corporation has announced an £11.5m investment package to redevelop its TDK-Lambda manufacturing facility in Ilfracombe, North Devon. The investment will be staged over the next three and a half years to increase production capacity by 50%. The original factory was built more than 50 years ago with further expansion in the mid-1980s. While the … Read more

£900,000 in Grants for Inward Investors in the Heart of the South West

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) has launched a new £900,000 grant scheme for foreign-owned companies investing in the area to create jobs in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. The Heart of the South West Inward Investment Support Project grant scheme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). … Read more

£750K scheme gives small business grants

Further Government support for small and medium-sized businesses is being made available through the Heart of the South West Growth Hub’s Growth Support Kickstart Grant Scheme.
 This comprises a fund of almost £750,000 with £336,314 earmarked for the tourism sector and £411,050 for remaining eligible businesses. Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 will be offered … Read more

Business Action Awards 2020 winners

The wait is over Business Action would like to thank everyone for their patience in waiting for the announcement of our North Devon Business Awards 2020 winners. As we could not hold our big awards event, we are announcing the winners by video online and it has taken some time to co-ordinate video contributions from … Read more

North Devon Show 2020 cancelled

The North Devon Show 2020 has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The show organisers have decided to cancel the one-day show because of the uncertainty surrounding the virus. The decision was made to cancel completely this year rather than look for an alternative date to not put anyone at risk by attempting to … Read more

Building services company helps refurbish NHS cottage hospital

Barnstaple-based Boden Group is supporting NHS Property Services during an increased period of pressure by helping refurbish the cottage hospital at Honiton Hospital, Exeter. While new hospitals are being built in major cities across the UK, smaller hospital wards in the South West are being refurbished as part of a contingency plan to provide more … Read more

Accessing government support during COVID-19

Chartered management accountant Susie Kevern of Pound Lane Financial Management offers advice on accessing government assistance schemes – download from The Government has been quick off the mark to launch support packages to help businesses survive the COVID-19 disruption, but in recent days the news has featured criticism of how difficult it is proving … Read more

Business Action Awards 2020 finalists

Business Action Awards 2020 finalists The inaugural Business Action Awards to celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses based or operating in North Devon attracted 104 entries. The judging has taken place and below are the 44 finalists – four finalists for each of the 11 categories. Read more about the finalists by clicking the links … Read more