About us

Need it Find it aims to be provide useful business resources to North Devon businesses by helping you connect with other businesses and with customers.

Started by Alan Williams and Robert Zarywacz in 2017, our first service was a monthly advertising leaflet distributed to some 10,000 homes and businesses around Bideford. The Need it Find it directory grew out of this.

We ceased publishing the Bideford leaflet after two activities developed from it and overtook it.

The first is our BBxpo business exhibition in Bideford, which we have developed into an annual event.

The second is our independent North Devon-based business magazine – Business Action.

The Need it Find it North Devon Business Directory now operates in conjunction with Business Action and our advertising plans offer combined promotion in our online directory here and in the magazine.

Alan Williams

Alan Williams created the concept of the original Need it Find it printed advertising leaflet and with Robert has developed the web site, magazine and events.

Alan also manages his established will-writing business, Wills at Home.

Robert Zarywacz

Robert Zarywacz joined Alan in Need it Find it, bringing his considerable experience in publishing and events.

He was technology writer for The Business Magazine in the Thames Valley in the 1990s and business editor of the North Devon Journal from 2009 to 2017. He has interviewed dozens of chief executives and managing directors of businesses large and small, and takes a keen interest in technology, manufacturing and infrastructure. He is also interested in promoting skills and small businesses. Robert has also organised many North Devon business events.

Robert’s communications experience includes corporate roles with British Airways and global law firm Baker & McKenzie, as well as running his own communications partnership, providing copywriting, journalism, PR, publishing and events, at

Call Robert on 07971 176044 or email