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Progress in 2017

We’re half-way through 2017 and it’s turning out to be an exciting year.

Business Action is picking up speed and I have also launched with Alan Williams.

In July we will have distributed our third monthly Need it Find it advertising leaflet to 9,500+ homes and businesses in and around Bideford.

Below is a video of our June advertisers.

I’ve also reconnected with a number of longstanding clients and started working for new ones too.

I’m looking forward to the second half of 2017.

Please do call me on 01271 879100 if there’s any projects you would like me to work on.

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Welcome back Business Action

Yesterday I submitted my final two pages of weekly business news for the North Devon Journal.

During seven years as North Devon’s only dedicated business editor, I have enjoyed writing thousands of articles, meeting hundreds of businesses, managing the media coverage of North Devon’s apprenticeship campaigns and developing the categories for, judging and co-presenting the newspaper’s annual business awards. I am grateful for being given such an opportunity.

With budgets under extreme pressure, I have increasingly given my own time to supporting local business events and initiatives because I saw it was needed, and it was clear that change was in the air.


With this in mind, I have relaunched Business Action, the business magazine originally developed for the NDBA, to provide a dedicated North Devon business news service. I am publishing news on a daily basis on the web site and in a monthly online magazine.

Please send me news, comment, events and other material relevant to the target North Devon business readership. Opportunities for sponsored features will also be available – please add to your address book.

I also now have more capacity available to help businesses with their communications in several areas: – combining my experience of business events and theatre to make events more energetic, effective and fun – localised promotion to both consumers and businesses through distributed printed material and online directory – launching soon – my long-established copywriting, editing and PR partnership providing professional business communications

I would be pleased to discuss any of these with you and welcome you to two events in the weeks ahead:

Please join me for a monthly business lunch on Friday 24 March at the Chichester Arms, Bishop’s Tawton – book at

Or come along to OPEN FOR BUSINESS, the exhibition I am organising for COMBEbusiness at the Carlton Hotel, Ilfracombe on Friday 3 March – we have a free networking buffet to which you are welcome – book at

Here’s to future success for all in business in North Devon!


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Networking: How easy is it to get to know you?

I find networking online valuable, but I want to connect with real people, not flags or icons. Read why in Business Action

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Invited to present Employer of the Year Award

Robert Zarywacz presents Pluss Employer of the Year Award

I was delighted to be invited by Pluss, which supports people with disabilities into employment, to present its Employer of the Year Award in my capacity as Business Editor of the North Devon Journal.

That’s me in the picture (right) presenting the award to winner Ryan Brend of Brend Hotels with Marise Mackie, cluster manager at Pluss.

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Winner of Excentrix post card competition

And the winner is . . .


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