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Consultation on Ilfracombe Harbour Revision Order

North Devon Council is inviting comments from businesses on changes to Ilfracombe harbour in connection with the planned watersports centre.

On 9 February 2015 the Council granted planning permission (planning application number 57487) for the erection of a multipurpose watersports centre with boat and equipment storage facilities, showers, changing rooms, teaching space and café at Larkstone Cove, Ilfracombe. In addition to the facilities within the building, the design includes boat storage facilities within a new boatyard and a new slipway access to the water. It also provides for the relocation of the retaining sea wall, moving it forward. The construction of the new wall and the provision of the slipway access are the subject of the draft HRO (article 3).

Please download the three documents below explaining the consultation process:

Please send your comments to  before 21 July 2017 or forward to COMBEbusiness.

Expanded board of directors

We are pleased to announce an expanded board of volunteer directors for COMBEbusiness.

Directors joined or about to join are:

  • Brendan Ashford (A1 Design Solutions)
  • Kyle Chivers (Firethought)
  • Clare Flint (Travel Counsellors)
  • David & Kathy Jones (Hele Corn Mill)
  • Sarah Lock (Sunnymead Farm Camping & Touring Site)
  • Tim Puttick (TDK-Lambda UK)
  • Paul Rogers (361 Energy)
  • Paul Yabsley (Robins Garage)
  • Robert Zarywacz (chairman) (Zarywacz)

In addition, Gloria O’Connell, Sarah Dullaghan, Paula Good, Tim Lamerton, Paul Hopkinson and Paul Clews have offered support with various activities.

We all look forward to meeting you at future events.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2016 Award winners

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards 2016Below are the winners of the OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards announced today at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe.

Best Tourism & Hospitality Business

Winner

Finalists

Best Digital Business

Winner

Finalists

Best Retail Business

Joint winners

Finalists

Best Employee

Winner

  • Allan Day – Ilfracombe and District Community Transport Association

Finalists

  • Rachel Ford – The Deli, Ilfracombe High Street
  • Peter Hunter – Manor House Café
  • Barrie Quaintance – Robins Garage

Excellence in Customer Service

Winner

Finalists

  • Paul Clews
  • Ilfracombe Convenience Store (Premier express)

Young Entrepreneur

Winner

Finalists

  • Ben Bengey – Silver Spirit Charters
  • Kyle Chivers – Firethought

Business of the Year

Congratulations to all winners!

Finalists in the OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards 2016

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards 2016

Lead awards sponsor

Eye Sky Group at OPEN FOR BUSINESS, Ilfracombe, North Devon on Friday 4 March 2016

Eye Sky Group


The finalists in the OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards 2016 have been announced below. The winners will be announced at 4pm on Friday 4 March 2016 in the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe at OPEN FOR BUSINESS.


Best Tourism & Hospitality Business

sponsored by

Marsdens Devon Cottages

Finalists


Best Digital Business

sponsored by

Flint Hosts: sponsor of the OPEN FOR BUSINESS Best Digital Business Award 2016

 

Finalists


Best Retail Business

sponsored by

JD-Commercial-logo-web

Finalists


Best Employee

sponsored by

Project Shop at OPEN FOR BUSINESS, Ilfracombe, North Devon on Friday 4 March 2016

Finalists

  • Allan Day – Ilfracombe and District Community Transport Association
  • Rachel Ford – The Deli, Ilfracombe High Street
  • Peter Hunter – Manor House Café
  • Barrie Quaintance – Robins Garage

Excellence in Customer Service

sponsored by

One Ilfracombe

Finalists


Young Entrepreneur

sponsored by

TDK-Lambda UK logo

Finalists


Good luck!

Road closure Marlborough Road, A361 High Street and Portland Street, Ilfracombe

This information has been received from South West Highways and Devon County Council:

Circumstances and weather permitting, SWH hope to undertake essential resurfacing works in the vicinity of your property on behalf of Devon County Council, between 28th January and 12th February 2016. (Please be aware however that these dates may need to change at short notice).

To enable us to carry out the works safely, it will be necessary to close the roads for the duration of the works, which will be carried out in 4 phases as shown on the map below. The map also shows each relevant diversion route. The road will reopen outside of the working hours, and be open over the weekends.

Work will be undertaken between 0930 and 1530hrs and it will assist us in completing the works on schedule if you would remove your vehicle from the road between these hours. Please note any remaining vehicles may be towed at the discretion of either Devon County Council or the police and unfortunately SWH cannot be held responsible for this decision.

If you are a resident within the closure we will endeavour to maintain access to your property and keep any inconvenience to you to a minimum. However, some interruption may be unavoidable and for this we apologise in advance. Please drive slowly and be aware of the workmen.

Your cooperation is appreciated, and if you would like to speak to anyone regarding these works please call the site agent Bob Pinkney on 07768 216806 or myself on the above number or 01404 821500. (9am-5pm Monday – Friday)

For more information on road closures visit www.devon.roadworks.org or for general road matters such as road maintenance, traffic management, streetlights, signs and public rights of way, you can visit Devon County Council’s website at www.devon.gov.uk/index/transportroads or call 0345 155 1004 between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays. For Emergencies outside of these hours you will be redirected to an emergency number.

Important Note: if you walk over freshly laid tarmac, please check your shoes and pet’s feet before entering any premises as we cannot accept liability for damage caused.

Ilfracombe road closures

 

Government Minister to attend OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Disability Confident – make it your business | OPEN FOR BUSINESS | Ilfracombe, North DevonWe are delighted that OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2016 on Friday 4 March 2016 will be North Devon’s first Disability Confident event.

We will be pleased to welcome Justin Tomlinson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People at the Department of Work and Pensions, who will be discussing with businesses the importance of employing and retaining more disabled people.

Visit our OPEN FOR BUSINESS pages for more details . . .

 

31 October deadline for North Devon Tourism Marketing Group pledges

From January 2015 North Devon will no longer be promoted as a tourism destination. This means no money will be spent on advertising the area and visitor numbers will decline. Businesses will have less income, less money to employ people and less money to spend with other local businesses.

Trevor Stanbury has initiated the North Devon Tourism Marketing Group so that promotion continues, but it requires businesses to support and fund it. To ensure marketing of the area is up and running at the start of 2015, the Tourism Marketing Group needs pledges of support by 31 October so that it can start planning.

For full details and to pledge your support, download the Tourism Marketing Group flyer.

#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!

Visit OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Register for free entry.

Exhibit at OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Stands available to all businesses – book your stand now.

COMBEbusiness focuses Mary Portas funding on mentoring and training

As the lead organisation in Ilfracombe’s Mary Portas application, COMBEbusiness is using half of the £10,000 funding received by the town to provide mentoring and training for retail and leisure businesses in the high street, seafront and harbour areas of the town.

With a town centre area comprising some 300 businesses, training will be available in retail areas as well as in First Aid, food hygiene and fire safety training. COMBEbusiness wants to ensure this funding is spent on activities that have a lasting result and help businesses to thrive and revive the town.

While this funding is available for Ilfracombe businesses, COMBEbusiness is working to source funding for mentoring and support for businesses across the whole area it serves.

Businesses who would like access mentoring and training can call 07971 176044 for details.