Speed Networking

The event is open from early afternoon to early evening, so if you’re really busy you can pop out at lunchtime or after the end of your working day.

To make the most of a short visit to the show, we have two speed networking sessions where you can meet 8 other local small business owners and find out all about what they do in just 10 minutes!

Sessions are at 1345 and 1815, and each has spaces for up to 9 people in 3 groups of 3. Smaller groups makes for better conversation and closer connections, we’ve found.

You’ll have one minute to tell two other business owners about who you are and what you do, then places will swap and you’ll meet 2 more people. Do make sure you bring plenty of business cards, and swap them with everyone who sounds interesting so you can continue your conversations afterwards.

To be sure of your spot at the table, register to attend now.


Alex Thomas, Alex Thomas Design

Alex has been a graphic designer for over 20 years, and has been working self-employed as Alex Thomas Design since 2013.

He carries out a variety of services for a wide range of clients, from whitepapers and websites to solicitors and spa hotels.

*Regular attendee at Okehampton Area Business Social*

Alex is doing a presentation on The Importance of Branding at 1515.

James Buckett, MasterStroke Media

James runs MasterStroke Media, a production company creating films for a variety of clients in areas such as corporate video, documentaries, weddings, lifestyle, marketing, branding and sports.

He created the promo videos for Okehampton's Open For Business, and has worked with many small businesses in Okehampton to produce short videos that you can see on his YouTube channel.

*Regular attendee at Okehampton Area Business Social*

James is doing a presentation on How Video Benefits Your Business at 1415.

Start Point Finance

Start Point Finance is one of the South West’s leading providers of alternative business finance solutions.

Services include asset finance, vehicle finance, refinance, invoice finance, crowdfunding, commercial loans, property finance, start-up loans, sales ledger loans.

They are fiercely independent. with over 75 funders clients can access to ensure they receive the most competitive finance available. One size does not fit all, so Start Point Finance work with you to build a lasting relationship with a total commitment to your long term business health.

Clair Wellsbury-Nye, Plain Sailing

Plain Sailing is a business consultancy for people who are doing everything themselves and feel like they're making it up as they go along.

Clair's a specialist in branding and marketing, and is passionate about small businesses being fulfilling and rewarding - and not just in the financial sense!

*Regular attendee at Okehampton Area Business Social*

Clair is doing a presentation on The Golden Rules of Marketing at 1615.

Patrick Kimber & Greg Bushell, KB Software

At KB Software, Patrick and Greg provide bespoke business solutions using open source software. They specialise in databases on the internet and work hard to make them simple and intuitive.

They love the journey of understanding different businesses and working with the people that run them to solve their problems.

*Regular attendee at Okehampton Area Business Social* (Patrick)

Simpkins Edwards

Your finances are important, but they’re not what gets you out of bed in the morning. You need to be able to focus on what you do best, safe in the knowledge that your accounts are in good hands.

Simpkins Edwards provide a range of tax, accountancy and business services that suit the diverse needs of businesses and individuals across the South West. Through support and expert guidance, they give you back the time, resources and confidence to concentrate on the things that matter most.

There are Simpkins Edwards offices across Devon, with the local Okehampton office situated at 4 Fore Street.

Caryl Gibson, Garden Capital

Caryl's a bookkeeper and accountant - and she's as comfortable with well-organised clients as she is with those who hand over a carrier bag full of receipts!

Before starting Garden Capital, Caryl spent 30 years in management at various financial institution, and she's a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, so she really knows her stuff. But Caryl's not stuffy - she doesn't wear suits and she's happy to have a meeting in the pub.

*Regular attendee at Okehampton Area Business Social*

Caryl is doing a presentation on allowable expenses (find out if you can claim for the office puppy!) at 1715.

Rebecca Green, Mooplehog Cafe

Rebecca is providing lunch and refreshments for Okehampton's Open For Business, and it's all vegan!

At Mooplehog, Rebecca's delicious menu is influenced by her memories of places all around the world that she has visited and loved. pop in for coffee and cake, or order a business lunch to treat your team or impress guests.

*Regular attendee at Okehampton Area Business Social*

Winkleigh Clothing Co

South West Photographers

Hedgerow Print

Time Well Spent

The Midlife Miracle

BC Computers

Business Information Point

The Moorlander

IC Control

Presentations & Workshops

We have a full programme of presentations and workshops throughout the day.

Space is limited in this area, so please register to attend in advance and we can confirm your seat.

1245: The Precious Plastic Project, by Mark Rickman of Make a Difference Tavistock

1415: James Buckett, MasterStroke MediaHow Video Benefits Your Business

1515: Alex Thomas, Alex Thomas DesignThe Importance of Branding

1615: Clair Wellsbury-Nye, Plain SailingThe Golden Rules of Marketing

1715: Caryl Gibson, Garden Capital‘Can I claim for my puppy? I bring her to the office!’