Ilfracombe topics

Mortehoe/Woolacombe employers’ views sought

A transport partnership including Jobcentre Plus and Ilfracombe Community Transport needs the views of Mortehoe and Woolacombe employers to help establish a year-round transport service for staff to travel to and from work.

For seven weeks in summer 2014, the partnership ran a seven-day-a-week late night bus service for summer seasonal staff between Mortehoe and Woolacombe and Ilfracombe. Although public transport stops at 6pm, 40% of benefits claimants looking for work rely on it, while generally employers state that, when recruiting, in 80% of cases lack of reliable transport negatively influenced their decision to offer employment. The summer pilot carried 163 passengers who sustained employment with seven employers over the seven weeks.

The partnership is looking to develop a year-round service to help more people into work and make it easier for employers to find staff who can depend on regular transport. To achieve this it needs Mortehoe and Woolacombe businesses to complete a survey at before 30 January.

Celebrate Independents’ Day on Friday 4 July

Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe are seaside resorts characterised by hundreds of independent businesses striving to offer the best retail experience to both visitors and residents in North Devon. From butchers and bakers to greengrocers, delis, shoemenders as well as gift shops and galleries, there is a wealth of choice.
COMBEbusiness is encouraging independent business owners to celebrate Independents’ Day on Friday 4 July by displaying event posters and offering promotions. In Ilfracombe, The Cotton Tree is holding a sale on selected items of organic children’s clothing, while the Periwinkle Knitting Café will be offering 10% discount on wool.
While much of the community already values our independent shops and shopkeepers, our mission is to encourage more people to visit their independents on Friday 4 July and every day of the year.
• To download posters and materials for Independents Day, visit

Support local businesses on Independents’ Day

Independents Day 2014Independents’ Day is a national campaign that promotes and celebrates independent businesses across the UK on Friday 4 July 2014.

Now in its fourth year, the campaign has quickly become the voice of independent retailers to reach the local community, giving them a chance to be heard and get on people’s radar.

We want to see as many independent businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe take part and as many shoppers and consumers switching to buying from local businesses.

Download and display poster

To start you can download an official Independents’ Day poster for display on shop windows or notice boards – how many posters can we get around our towns?

Tell us about you special offers/events

Tell us about any special offers you want to promote or any events you will be hosting at @combebusiness or on Facebook or Google+.

For full details, resources and to participate, visit Follow the official campaign on Twitter (@IndieDayUK and #IndieDay) and Facebook.

Mortehoe and Woolacombe transport survey for employers

Barnstaple Jobcentre Plus is working with local transport organisations to see if it can overcome some transport problems in North Devon. It has decided to look at transport issues experienced by employers in the Mortehoe and Woolacombe area to see if there is a demand for transport assistance for employees living in Ilfracombe, especially in the evenings and week ends.

To help gauge the need, please download Jobcentre Plus’ brief questionnaire and email your response back to JOHN.WILLIAMS10@DWP.GSI.GOV.UK

Barnstaple Jobcentre Plus is hoping to arrange any assistance for summer 2014 so please respond fast if this could help your business.

#CBopen4biz exhibitor: PG Print and Office Services

Meet PG Print and Office Services at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 6 March 2014 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

PG Print and Office ServicesPG Print and Office Services provides one solution for all your print and office needs to save you time and money.

With 25 years’ experience of supplying high quality products and services, you can hand over non-productive tasks with confidence so that you can concentrate on your business.

PG Print and Office Services works with customers based locally in North Devon, in the UK and Europe.

Meet PG Print and Office Services at OPEN FOR BUSINESS.


Register for free entry.


Stands available to all businesses – book your stand now.

#CBopen4biz exhibitor: Flint Hosts

Meet Flint Hosts at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 6 March 2014 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

The Flint Hosts team, Ilfracombe, North Devon #CBopen4bizFounded in 2005, Flint Hosts has become an established player in the UK hosting sector with over 4,000 domains and growing.

It focuses primarily on Cloud Managed Servers. With enterprise level security and excellent service at the heart of what we do, Flint Hosts is recognised by its clients for its dedicated support and the friendly, helpful way it goes about business.

Meet the Flint Hosts team at OPEN FOR BUSINESS.


Register for free entry.


Stands available to all businesses – book your stand now.

#CBopen4biz exhibitor: The Electric Store

Meet the Electric Store at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 6 March 2014 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Meet the Electric Store team, Ilfracombe, North Devon at OPEN FOR BUSINESS #CBopen4bizThe Electric Store is Ilfracombe’s independent electrical retailer.

Established in Octover 2011, Jim Burrows and his team pride themselves on offering the best service by stocking the latest products at competitive prices. With combined experience of over 15 years, the Electric Store team has the knowledge to answer any questions that you may have.

The Electric Store, 10 High Street, Ilfracombe, North DevonHave you seen an item cheaper elsewhere, with the same level of service? Give your local store a chance to match it!


Register for free entry.


Stands available to all businesses – book your stand now.

Will new Ilfracombe homes development benefit local economy?

open-for-busines-logo-master-02The submission of a planning application to build 750 homes to the south of Ilfracombe has attracted a lot of media attention, mainly due to the connection with international artist Damien Hirst.

The decision on this application will have a big impact on the area, whether it is approved or not.

COMBEbusiness is providing an opportunity for the business community to discuss the application along with inward investment in general at our ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS‘ conference and exhibition at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe on Thursday 6 March 2014.

We aim to have representatives from the scheme’s architects and major business organisations as well as local business people on our speaker panel for our inward investment speaker session.

Regeneration of this nature is too important to be decided in tabloid newspapers – book your place at ‘OPEN FOR BUSINESS‘ for real debate.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: North Devon seaside towns look to the future

Even before the recent submission of Damien Hirst’s application to build 750 high quality homes, businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe had already scheduled a major conference and exhibition in 2014 to promote the area’s accelerating regeneration.

While research by the Centre for Social Justice suggests some UK seaside towns are trapped in a ‘cycle of poverty’, these three North Devon towns will be highlighting the opportunities available at OPEN FOR BUSINESS at the Landmark Theatre and Pavilion, Ilfracombe on Thursday 6 March, 2014.

Hosted by local business group COMBEbusiness, the event will showcase businesses at an exhibition in the pavilion, while a day-long programme of speaker panels presenting on and debating key issues will run in the 480-seat theatre. The event offers free entry to visitors.

“OPEN FOR BUSINESS is an opportunity for people to update their impressions of the area where regeneration is gathering speed,” said Robert Zarywacz, chairman of COMBEbusiness.

“Seaside towns across the country have struggled for decades to establish new identities and we are pleased to see progress in North Devon. Damien Hirst’s Verity has attracted much attention, while JD Wetherspoon’s investment in its new Admiral Collingwood pub is another vote of confidence. A nearby holiday park is investing £2.5 million in its facilities and new, high quality retailers are opening up all the time to transform the shopping experience.

“With hundreds of independent shops, some of the best restaurants and tearooms in Devon, two world-class manufacturing plants and viable new businesses opening all the time, the business mood is definitely optimistic.

“In addition, we are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of Exmoor National Park, enjoy Woolacombe’s award-winning beaches plus Ilfracombe’s unique harbour. Where else would you want to run a business while living on a stunning coastline?”


➤ Recognise and promote existing businesses – from small to large, manufacturing to tourism

➤ Highlight opportunities to increase trade within the three ‘combes’ themselves, across North Devon, regionally and nationally

➤ Detail current investment, promote existing planning permission and discuss opportunities for new development at every level

The conference speaker programme will be confirmed shortly and exhibitions stands are now available for businesses to book online at

Opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs

OPEN FOR BUSINESS is hosted by COMBEbusiness and supported by Devon County Council and North Devon Council.

It offers the opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to discuss investing in, starting up or running a business in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe plus the chance to talk to existing business owners.

“The area has fantastic potential and we are now seeing interest from larger investors,” said Robert Zarywacz.

“By attending OPEN FOR BUSINESS, investors and entrepreneurs with vision will realise the potential.”

Visitors can register for free entry to OPEN FOR BUSINESS at

Member focus: Shoreline Glass

Heather McNeilly of Shoreline Glass, IlfracombeWorking from her studio in Ilfracombe High Street, Heather McNeilly specialises in domestic stained glass using traditional leading techniques.

Heather welcomes commissions for windows and door panels and fanlights in both traditional and contemporary styles and will undertake restoration work on old stained glass windows and leaded lights.

Mirrors and decorative glass items

Heather make mirrors and other decorative glass items using both the Tiffany technique and kiln formed glass and also have a range of dichroic and fused glass jewellery. Come in to the studio to see what Heather has available to buy ‘off the shelf’ or to order something that can be made to your individual requirements.

Stained glass workshops and courses

If you are interested in learning these wonderful techniques yourself, please see the tuition page of her web site for details for short workshops and longer courses.

Contact Shoreline Glass

Visit or see the Shoreline Glass COMBEbusiness directory entry.