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Free workspace on International Coworking Day

North Devon workers can enjoy free workspace on International Coworking Day – 9 August 2022 – at Node Cowork in Barnstaple.  Coworking describes working from a shared space. As well as helping save costs in office rent and utility bills, coworking spaces act as community builders, where people naturally form friendships and working relationships by sharing challenges and successes together.  Simon Gear is chief operating officer of Barnstaple-based Accord Marketing, which has recently introduced a…

BBxpo North Devon business exhibition returns for 2022

BBxpo, North Devon’s largest independent business exhibition, returns after an absence of two years on Thursday 27 October at Devon Hall, Bideford College. Business Boost branding Originally named Bideford Business Expo, the event, which fast became known as BBxpo, has been rebranded as Business Boost Expo – Bideford to match complementary activities, including the Business Boost Startup & Business Development Guide, all aimed at supporting North Devon businesses. This will be the third BBxpo exhibition,…

£55m Appledore shipyard contract boost for 100 jobs

Harland & Wolff (Appledore) in North Devon has been selected by the UK Defence Equipment Sales Authority (DESA) to regenerate former Royal Navy mine-hunting vessel HMS Quorn. HMS Quorn completed 27 years of service with the Royal Navy before being sold to Lithuania in April 2020 and is scheduled to be handed over to the Lithuanian Navy in 2024. Minister for Defence Procurement Jeremy Quin said: “I’m pleased that this multi-million pound contract will see…

Biosphere launches sustainable tourism app for visitors to North Devon

North Devon UNESCO Biosphere have launched a new web app aimed at visitors and residents, to highlight the fantastic experiences available in the area, while helping to reduce pressure on the popular hotspots. The North Devon Explorer web app will provide real-time information on traffic congestion and weather, and aims to help people find the hidden gems in and around the biosphere, spreading the visitor load and economy. The North Devon Explorer app will allow…

10 sustainable business tips

The Sustainable Business Resource is a North Devon-based organisation connecting SMEs with the tools required to reduce their carbon footprint and improve sustainability in all possible aspects of operations. Working as part of the Plastic Free North Devon charity, it will run a full assessment of your business and then lay out a plan of action to tackle every aspect from a sustainable point of view, helping you, target, source and measure change. Below are…

Bideford startup wins £50,000 Innovate UK grant

Bideford-based Earthly Biochar has been awarded a £50,000 Innovate UK grant as part of the Young Innovators Next Steps Awards. Founded by two innovators in their 20s in 2018, Earthly Biochar helps farmers and gardeners to use less water and feed, and grow bigger, healthier plants using an organic soil supplement that also sequesters carbon. Earthly Biochar will use the grant to develop more novel biochar products that will help establish the foundations for a carbon negative economy. Innovate…

What could electron microscopy do for your business?

Plymouth Electron Microscopy Centre (PEMC) is relaunching its Industrial Solutions events for 2022/23 and invites industrial partners old and new to join it in discovering what electron microscopy could do for their businesses. Its new design of Industrial Solutions will be Microscopy Clinics and will be based on a 1-2-1 online sessions. This service is ideal for sectors including materials development, manufacturing, aerospace, food and drink, biology, biomedical and health, marine technology, marine science, geoscience, environmental science…

New plumbing and heating centre

The Barnstaple branch of RGB Building Supplies has opened a new dedicated plumbing and heating centre. It celebrated the opening in June with demonstrations from hot water cylinder provider Gledhill, plumbing and heating control distributors EPH, piping system company SANHA, manufacturer of sanitary equipment SIAMP, and innovative plumbing solutions and underfloor heating supplier Maincor. The new plumbing and heating centre is led by local father and son team Paul and Dan Lock who have extensive…

NDMA North Devon Manufacturing Awards 2022

The North Devon Manufacturing Awards are returning after a two-year hiatus. Organised by the North Devon Manufacturers Association, any business in North Devon can enter the awards for free, both NDMA members and non-members. The 10 award categories are: Apprentice Business Transformation Champion Manufacturer Environmental Project Exporter Health & Safety / Covid Resilience Innovation Product Team Trainee Award Businesses can enter online and the deadline for entries is 23:59 on Monday 25 July. The winners…

Business Boost

The North Devon Startup & Business Development Guide 2022 Following a discussion with Susie Kevern of Pound Lane Financial Management, Business Action has published Business Boost – The North Devon Startup & Business Development Guide 2022. Intended as a reference work for anyone in North Devon looking to start or develop their business, this is the first of a number of planned magazine supplements on specific topics.  We invite approaches from businesses keen to sponsor…