Board Insights

  • Northern Devon – being part of the Green Transition

    The need to plan and develop our own Northern Devon Industrial Strategy has never been more urgent. We are lucky to have visionary leaders who want to talk about “Market Leading Northern Devon”. Organisations like North Devon +, North Devon Futures…

  • The growing importance of local supply chains – Tim Jones

    For many years a large number of our manufacturing and retail businesses have been able to rely upon sourcing raw materials from local, regional and international providers. In many cases this has involved production facilities in China, India and the Far…

  • Are UK Banks stifling Northern Devon’s business growth? – tim jones

    An essential part of a fully functioning and growing economy for Northern Devon is access to debt. This market has proved to be extremely volatile in recent years, since those easily forgotten days when bank base rates were virtually zero and…

  • Energy Bills – Light at the end of the tunnel – By Tim Jones

    We are experiencing another clutch of increasing household and business costs, which all kick in from the beginning of April (Council Tax for an average Band D property will increase by 5% to £2,171. Average household and business water and sewage…

  • Net Zero – Where are we now? – By Tim Jones

    On a daily basis we read bad news stories about our carbon emissions and how far behind target we are in achieving a Net Zero result. 2050 is the date we all recognise but many would expect or wish this to…

  • Apprenticeships – What Next? – Tim Jones

    A critical element of the national education programme, is ensuring that all of our valued workers have suitable skills to match the requirements of businesses and fulfil a meaningful career. Without this, many of the successful businesses across Northern Devon would…

  • Agriculture – a new dawn emerging? – Tim Jones

    The agricultural industry is one of the most important sectors of the Northern Devon economy. Whilst it is not the biggest generator of economic activity, it is a fact that a successful farming industry is critical to almost every aspect of…

  • Economic green shoots or are the statistics wrong? – Tim Jones

    It is difficult to draw any other conclusion than that the general state of the nation’s economy is at best subdued and possibly hovering on the brink of a recession.  The barrage of generally bad news seems never ending.  The Bank…

  • Northern Devon – a glimpse of the future – Tim Jones

    We are all aware of the rapid advances in technology, including the spectacular speed in progressing artificial intelligence. Some scientists are predicting that it will be less than 5 years before we take it for granted that a significant amount of…