Robert Zarywacz is delighted to be one of the six judges in the 2016 North Devon Journal Business Awards.
A veteran of these awards, Robert is particularly pleased that one award category – Made in North Devon – was created as a result of his suggestion for a Made in North Devon campaign to raise awareness of all the manufacturing and innovation that take place in the area.
We are very pleased to be one of the sponsors and organisers of OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2016, the business conference and exhibition hosted by COMBEbusiness for the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe business community on Friday 4 March 2016 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.
Along with co-organisers Flint Hosts and Hashtag, we are arranging the business exhibition and organising the programme of speakers for the day-long conference.
The event is free for business visitors from North Devon and beyond and businesses can book exhibition space now at combebusiness.co.uk.
We look forward to a successful event and hope to see you there as an exhibitor or visitor.
When asked to host an online discussion at betternetworking.co.uk at 8pm on Thursday 6th August 2009, I chose the title ‘Finding Your Voice’.
Communication is the primary business tool. Whether you’re negotiating finance with the bank, instructing suppliers, motivating staff or selling to customers, you depend on words to inform people and to persuade them to take action. Instructions have to be clear, motivational messages inclusive and marketing messages compelling: our choice of words and how we use them can determine whether or not we achieve our business objectives.
I spent Sunday organising and running a car boot sale to raise funds for the theatre company in which I am involved. Getting up at 6.00am is not the first idea that comes to mind when planning my Sundays, but luckily it was a lovely bright morning which turned into a beautiful day.
What struck me was how many car boot sellers not only turned up and paid for their pitches – which generated cash for the theatre group – but also enjoyed it and booked future sales through the season. As usual, a number did very well and some not so well, but business was generated. Buyers also enjoyed browsing and picking up bargains. A small event, perhaps, but generating enterprise all the same.
It got me thinking about how I used my marketing skills to promote the event in the local press, on car boot and other web sites and by calling seasoned car booters. I also had to manage the cars and allocate spaces, collect pitch fees, hand out details of further events and act as marshall.
It made me think of all the different skills we have which we can call upon to make an enterprise successful, whether big or small. This is especially important in challenging times when perhaps we all need to work harder, be more inventive and develop our skills further. Like this car boot sale, sometimes it’s simply a case of applying skills we use daily for a different purpose.
One car boot sale won’t restart the global, national or even local economy, but it provided an opportunity for enterprising people to raise some cash through putting in some effort. Replicate that effort a hundred, thousand or million times and it can make a real difference to communities and businesses.
For me Sunday was a successful day of unexpected enterprise.
In March 2009, Robert Zarywacz will be participating in Bideford College’s Enterprise Day, assisting Year 7 pupils with a business challenge and helping to judge the winning team.
“It’s good to be able to support such initiatives,” said Robert Zarywacz, partner in Zarywacz. “As well as offering my experience in marketing and business, I am wondering what I will learn from the day.
“Especially in these challenging times, it’s essential to be open to learning and to continue developing skills and expertise at school, at work and in business.”
Come and meet Zarywacz at The Business Show, a business exhibition being hosted by The Business League at Sandy Park Conference Centre, Exeter, Devon on Friday, 7th September 2007.
The Business League is a networking organisation with 18 local clubs stretching from Penzance to Bristol and it will be attracting visitors from across the whole of the South West to The Business Show where there will be some 70+ exhibitors, a programme of keynote speakers plus all-day networking opportunities.
As a member of The Business League, Zarywacz will be hosting an exhibition stand and we look forward to meeting you at Sandy Park. We are also producing the show magazine and exhibitor guide for The Business League, which promises to be a dynamic business event for the region.
With offices in Devon and Berkshire, Zarywacz is well placed to serve clients across the whole of the South of England – from Penzance to Kent.
If you would like further details, please call us on 0845 200 7830.