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The first 25 years of Zarywacz

Where did that go?

What? 25 years in business.

It’s hard to believe that Robert Zarywacz set out to provide copywriting services way, way back in 1994 . . . before the internet, social media and mobile phones embedded themselves in many people’s lives.

Simon Zarywacz joined in 1997 and together as the two Zed brothers, we have written, edited, proofread and published millions of words in print and online for clients ranging from small businesses to universities, magazines and international corporations.

Robert’s very first freelance work was as a proofreader at Safeway Stores’ head office in Hayes, leaving his corporate job on a Friday afternoon and starting work for this first Zarywacz client first thing the following Monday morning.

Our relationship with Safeway continued for 10 years until the company disappeared after being taken over, although we build long relationships with most of our clients, who know they can depend on us.

Thank you

We’d like to thank all our clients, both past and present, as well as all our suppliers and connections, not only for your custom but also for the many friends we have made.

The business world is very different from what is was in 1994 and while technology is a much bigger driver now, we believe that what’s most important in business remains the human touch.

We continue to be approachable and accessible, always happy to discuss a piece of work or project and to offer our professional advice on what we think is the best way to achieve your business objectives.

Zarywacz to exhibit at BBxpo

Zarywacz will be exhibiting at the BBxpo exhibition on Thursday 24 October 2019.

BBxpo is developing into the largest business-to-business event in North Devon and is co-organised by Robert Zarywacz.

For full details of exhibitors, presentations and the free networking buffet, visit

To register for free places at BBxpo, visit

See you at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Friday 2 March

OPEN FOR BUSINESS | COMBEbusiness Ilfracombe Devon

We are delighted to be active in organising this year’s OPEN FOR BUSINESS event for COMBEbusiness in Ilfracombe, Devon on Friday 2 March.

Support from the local and wider Devon business community for this year’s event has been fantastic and we hope everyone gets tremendous value from this year’s event.

Robert Zarywacz has been busy:

  • selling stand space
  • organising the speaker programme
  • preparing and managing production of the printed event guide
  • publicising the event in press releases and social media

He’ll be busy helping to keep the event running smoothly on the day and pleased to speak to as many people as possible.

If you need support with your business communications or organising events, please say hello.

You can register for your free place(s), including free lunchtime networking buffet at

Robert Zarywacz presents award

Robert Zarywacz presents Pluss Employer of the Year Award

Robert Zarywacz was delighted to be invited by Pluss, which supports people with disabilities into employment, to present its Employer of the Year Award in his capacity as Business Editor of the North Devon Journal. Robert is pictured (right) presenting the award to winner Ryan Brend of Brend Hotels with Marise Mackie, cluster manager at Pluss.


Judging 2016 newspaper business awards

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.

Organiser of OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2016


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

We look forward to a successful event and hope to see you there as an exhibitor or visitor.


Let’s get out of our heads

Lately I seem to have spent too much time in business meetings and on committees, discussing and making plans.

Now planning can be valuable – it helps us identify what we want to and can achieve, recognise our limitations and spot possible risks and how to deal with them – but it can also be a powerful excuse for putting off action:

“We can’t do that until X does this, Y does that and Z has been completed.”

Planning takes place inside our heads, a comfortable environment where we control the results: A leads to B, which leads to our goal of C. Once we take a plan out of our heads and put it into the real world, F, G, H and Q can intervene, some of them completely unexpected.

It’s much safer to run a plan in our heads than risk it all going wrong when put into action, but this means we won’t achieve our objectives.

I’ve never been happy just to sit on committees as I like to see action. So that’s my focus at the moment: getting plans out of my head and into the real world to achieve what I want and maybe encounter adventures along the way.

How about you?

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Why every business needs to go back to school

Recently I received an invitation from Devon Education Business Partnership to participate in Bideford College‘s Enterprise Day for its Year 7 pupils. The idea is to give students:

“a chance to really focus on working in a different way. They get a taste of adult working life where the day is not broken up into timed chunks and it also allows them to develop a real understanding of the particular activity that they are focussing on.”

Not knowing what to expect, I bowled along on Wednesday 25th March and, after a welcome cup of tea in the staff room, my fellow business partners and I were ushered into the assembly of 300 (I think) where the timetable for the day was explained.

Next we were assigned to classes where we assisted groups of pupils in meeting the challenge of developing a new range of greetings cards, which included budgeting for production, calculating profit, designing, producing and advertising the cards.

There were many creative ideas flying around, as well as lots of glue and glitter. It was interesting for me, with my marketing sector experience, to see how the pupils viewed the different tasks they had to complete simultaneously: team leadership, card and balloon design, advertising and budgeting.

When you handle these in your business every day, it’s easy to forget that you had to learn these skills and disciplines just as the pupils were doing. A fair bit of prompting was needed to switch the focus from the glue and glitter to the accounting sheets on which they had to work out how many cards they would produce with their budget and how much profit they would generate.

Each group presented its card, banner and balloon designs to the rest of the class with an explanation of the reasoning behind the range and how they had spent their budget. The winning group from each of the 11 forms then went on to present to the whole year with the five business partner judges watching X-Factor style from behind a table.

It was a tough job judging as there were some very original ideas and it was a shame that a certain amount of shyness held back some of the original enthusiasm that went into each of the projects. Think about it: how confident would you be presenting to an ultra-critical audience of 300 12-year-olds?

The scream as the winning team was announced was ear-piercing and it was impossible not to share their excitement.

Children and young people are the future of business and I was deeply impressed by the creativity, energy and enthusiasm they exhibited. Innovation is a key quality for business and so it was heartening to see not only ideas but action as pupils prepared their card designs and explained their reasoning.

It’s all too easy for business to criticise schools and colleges and I found the day challenged my pre-conceptions and taught me a thing or two. The enthusiasm of the teachers, the discipline employed and the pupils’ behaviour were all a credit to the college.

My own belief is that a broad education is essential for innovation – the mind is its own creature and creates ideas from many sources – so giving pupils a flavour of business can’t be a bad thing.

Would I encourage other businesses to get involved? Yes.

Would I do it again? Yes.

I’d like to thank the staff and pupils of Bideford College for giving me such a warm welcome.

Robert Zarywacz

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