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Seaside resorts with opportunities
Like many of the UK’s coastal towns and resorts, our communities have seen decades of decline.
Unlike many, which have little opportunity to regenerate without massive public funding, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe in North Devon are achieving transformation.
Having traded for many years on their reputations for Victorian splendour, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe are now regenerating through significant private investment and enterprise.
For anyone looking to move their business to the South West of England, start a business in a supportive community or invest in opportunities with potential, considerÂ Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.
Enterprise and lifestyle
Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe offer a dream lifestyle location combining:
- Hundreds of independent shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels
- Business parks at Mullacott and Hele
- Global manufacturing plants in Ilfracombe
- Location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Combe Martin on the doorstep of Exmoor National Park
- Woolacombe’s award-winning sandy beaches
- Ilfracombe’s working harbour
- Secluded coves and bays around Combe Martin and Ilfracombe
- Superb canoeing, sailing, surfing, swimming and watersports environment
- Golf, football, rugby, tennis and other sports clubs
- Theatre, cinema, libraries and entertainment facilities
Recent and planned investment
- Planning application for high quality 750-home eco-estate
- Installation of ‘Verity’ by international artist Damien Hirst
- £3.4 million new-build pub & restaurant opened by JD Wetherspoon
- New-build hotel scheduled by Premier Inn
- Multi-million pound investment by leisure park operator
- Development of strong artist, creative and food community
Investing in tomorrow’s economy
The area has a more balanced economy than most of the country, reflecting North Devon’s average of up to 20% of the workforce engaged in manufacturing.
While retail, leisure and pub businesses face the same massive challenges experienced throughout the UK, enterprising independents, aware of the changing environment, are starting and growing businesses here.
In particular, Ilfracombe’s high street, which can be too easily dismissed because of its lack of ‘clonetown’ national chains, is growing in strength as an eclectic mix of independent retailers with character.
Opportunities to be taken . . .
Like any town in the UK, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe have their disadvantages, their areas which need regeneration, but what sets them apart are the opportunities they offer for business owners and investors with vision.