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An exciting month for a business editor

Robert Zarywacz on stage with the winners of the North Devon Journal Apprentice of the Year joint winners 2015
It’s been a busy month with much of my time taken up in my role as Business Editor of the North Devon Journal and the paper’s annual business awards.

It’s been a thrilling ride with 110+ entries, which I have had the pleasure of helping to judge. I’ve also been creating the content for the finalists and winners supplements – see the full list of winners.

And on the night itself I had the pleasure of co-presenting the awards before 200 guests, which I relished.

So it’s back down to earth now and looking forward to enjoying the summer, although more work is lined up.

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By George, he’s got it

Putting business questions to Chancellor of the Exchequer, George OsborneIt’s another busy week, which started with me hurtling back along the A303 on Monday morning to reach the Saunton Sands Hotel in time for a speech by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

By chance, the previous week, members of COMBEbusiness from Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Wooolacombe had discussed issues and questions they wanted election candidates to address. I was armed with this list and was able to ask the Chancellor a question about addressing the stifling effect of the VAT registration limit on small businesses, who sometimes turn away business to avoid crossing the threshold. The Chancellor said he was aware of this and mentioned a review of VAT.

Will this achieve anything? Probably not on its own, but I believe in taking every opportunity to make all politicians aware of the issues that affect us locally in Devon. The more we talk about them and the higher the level of politician we talk to, the more likely they will start to listen.

It’s important for us to speak up for Devon.

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A busy Spring of copywriting

Daisy blaze

The time is flying past and I have been up to quite a lot.

For a start, there’s the 2015 North Devon Apprentice Campaign I have been writing and editing in the North Devon Journal. It’s good to see that year by year this is raising awareness of apprenticeships and that currently apprenticeship starts for North Devon and Torridge are 18% up on last year. That’s job satisfaction.

And currently I’m working on the North Devon Journal Business Awards 2015. There are 10 categories and businesses in North Devon can enter up to 18 May. As well as covering the awards, I’ll also be one of the judges.

Along with that I have been copywriting web site text, producing a printed magazine and proofreading.

And, in my spare time, I’ve been working a lot for the National Campaign for Courtesy on its 5-point election courtesy guide for parties and candidates and #pleaseMAY initiative.

If you need a campaign for your business or organisation, call me on 01271 879100 or  me.



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Lucky to be a copywriter in North Devon

This morning I walked down to Ilfracombe Quay for the launch of the Evans Transport’s lorry sporting the new North Devon Marketing Bureau’s ‘I’d rather be in North Devon & Exmoor’ campaign.

Glad to be a copywriter in North Devon

It’s good to see the business community driving this initiative to increase awareness of this wonderful area.

I hope many people will follow the lorry here to find out for themselves just how wonderful it is.

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A Devon copywriter’s Thursday

What’s the theme of this Devon copywriter’s Thursday? Lots of straight copywriting.

I’ve been writing articles for this year’s North Devon Apprenticeship Campaign for the North Devon Journal. There are some incredibly positive things happening and it’s good that many businesses see the benefits of apprenticeships and are investing in training young people for the future.

I’m also been writing copy for the web site of a manufacturing company. Manufacturing is very strong in North Devon and I’m always being surprised by the sector’s achievements here.

It’s all part of the satisfaction of being a freelance copywriter in Devon.

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