The Google Digital Garage | BBxpo | digital workshop training courses North Devon

Get free digital skills at BBxpo

Google is bringing its Google Digital Garage to BBxpo on 24 October 2019, offering North Devon businesses free advice and coaching on their digital skills to help them grow in their business, career or confidence.

The Google Digital Garage is one of Google’s flagship investment programmes in the UK, where anyone can come and learn free digital skills through a range of courses or 1:1 sessions. Since launching the Google Digital Garage in 2015, over 300,000 people have benefitted from Google’s free face-to-face training on digital know-how across 250 locations in the UK. 

Two courses will be available at BBxpo, where visitors can stay as little or as long as they like:

Build Your Personal Brand Online – Learn to identify your brand, build and protect your online presence, and share content to your network

Get Your Business Visible on Google – Get your business visible on Google Maps and Search. 

BBxpo co-organiser Alan Williams said: “The Google Digital Garage visiting North Devon is a great opportunity for business people to gain new skills and knowledge. As we are so remote, digital branding and communication are vital for reaching more customers and fulfilling business potential. These sessions will be invaluable for anyone determined to grow their business.”   

Ronan Harris, Google UK & Ireland managing director, said: “In the digital age, a basic understanding of how the online world works is useful and when it comes to business, it’s essential. We are delighted to bring the Google Digital Garage to North Devon and ensure everyone has access to free digital skills workshops and 1:1 coaching. We hope you’ll pop in and get the skills you need to become more confident online, grow your career or business, and maybe even launch the next big idea.”

Book your free place(s) for sessions, please register online at

Find out more about the Google Digital Garage at

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BBxpo creates business promotion and networking opportunities for North Devon businesses

Bideford Business Expo | BBxpo | Need it Find it

The first Bideford Business Expo will open its doors to businesses at 10am on Thursday 25 October at Devon Hall, Bideford College in North Devon.

The event creates opportunities for businesses to exhibit their products and services in a professional business environment, while visitors can pick up useful tips on a range of business topics from the programme of five presentations delivered by local experts. The whole event will be knitted together by a free ‘nibble and network’ lunchtime buffet where exhibitors, presenters and visitors can make new connections over a bite to eat.

BBxpo is organised by Need it Find it, a partnership between Alan Williams, a former Bideford College pupil, and Robert Zarywacz. It was Alan’s idea to create a business event to complement the advertising leaflet Need it Find it distributes across Bideford to promote business growth and development. Robert applied his professional experience of organising business events and initiatives to develop BBxpo, arrange the presentation programme and market it. The result is an event offering a range of opportunities to forward-looking North Devon businesses.

Entry to BBxpo, all presentations and lunchtime networking buffet is free to businesses and to anyone looking to start a business or improve their employment skills.

Response from the business community has been enthusiastic and exhibitors will be showcasing products and services including accountancy, banking, copywriting, design, digital media, direct mail, employment, printing equipment, PR, printing services, safety, signs, telecoms, travel, tourism and will writing. Colleges and agencies offering business support, skills training and apprenticeships will also be exhibiting along with community organisations.


The BBxpo presentation programme will provide useful hints and tips on current business topics:

Digital accounting – what your business needs to know –  cirrusli
With many VAT registered businesses required to use the government’s Making Tax Digital for Business system from April 2019 – eventually including all businesses – cloud and digital accounting systems specialist Cirrusli Ltd will explain how businesses can prepare themselves so that their digital tax returns are fully compliant.

Learn how to write an article in 30 minutes – pressme
Every business needs to publish words, content and articles. Learn some tricks of the trade from an experienced pressme writer, PR and journalist so that you can write persuasive content for print and online.

Get the most from your online marketing budgets without becoming a digital nerd – Blue Soup
Blue Soup runs through the key digital channels, what each one is good for and when to use them effectively for your business. They will also discuss how you can measure success and how to manage a digital agency.

Reach more customers with self-service direct mail –
With response rates increasing, will demonstrate how direct mail remains an affordable and effective marketing tool for businesses.’s digital interface enables you to design and send personalised mail direct from your desktop.

Access the full potential of workforce skills – Jobcentre Plus
Businesses are always looking for skilled employees who are ready and willing to work. Hear how Jobcentre Plus can help you tap into productive jobseekers through the Disability Confident programme and working with schools to develop young workers for the future.

List of exhibitors

A full list of exhibitors is available at and in the printed event guide and supplement. Stands are still available for businesses wishing to join in the event. The guide is being distributed to 10,000 addresses across Bideford in early October, while exhibitors are being publicised on social media channels.

Register your place(s)

Visitors can register free places for the event, individual presentations and the networking buffet at

Event details

Bideford Business Expo – BBxpo
Venue: Devon Hall, Bideford College, EX39 3AR
Date: Thursday 25 October 2018
Time: 10am – 3pm

Free parking on site

Visitor registration:
Twitter: @bbxpo


Robert Zarywacz
Tel: 07971 176044

Alan Williams
Tel: 07970 671192

Thursday 19 July networking lunch – get the best out of Bideford Business Expo

Bideford Business Expo | BBxpo | Need it Find it

Need it Find invites you to a networking lunch on Thursday 19 July at 12 midday at the Riverside Bar & Bistro, 49 Torrington Street, Bideford where we will be discussing Bideford Business Expo (BBxpo).

BBxpo is a business exhibition being held at Devon Hall, Bideford College in October. The lunch gives you an opportunity to find out more about the event, the opportunities available and how you can get involved.

If your business has not exhibited before, you can learn how to promote yourself effectively and take advantage of a presence at the event plus advertising and online promotion.

Please do come along, whether you are interested in exhibiting at or visiting BBxpo or simply to network – the only cost is your meal, which you pay for yourself – reserve your lunch place(s) below.

For details of the exhibition, please visit