Run your business in Combe Martin

Combe Martin background

Combe Martin is a seaside resort with a sheltered cove on the North Devon coast some four miles east of Ilfracombe and on the north-west edge of the Exmoor National Park. The main village comprises a single long high street which runs for one-and-a-half miles from the valley head to the sea.

The village population is estimated at 2,500, although the population of the five parishes which comprise Berrynarbor, Combe Martin, Martinhoe, Parracombe and Trentishoe is estimated at 4,100 in some 2,000 dwellings.

Combe Martin seafront

As well as Combe Martin’s beach and nearby coves, stunning views from the hills above, local attractions include Watermouth Castle and Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park.

Combe Martin business population

Combe Martin’s remote, rural location suits it for a number of business types including among others:

  • Art and craft
  • Business-to-business services
  • Holiday accommodation
  • Food and leisure retail
  • Café, pub and restaurant
  • Leisure attractions and services
  • Marine and boating leisure
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Service businesses

Combe Martin facilities

There is a wide range of village facilities available with more facilities available in nearby Ilfracombe. Combe Martin facilities include:

  • Beaches, cliffs and coves
  • Bus services
  • Fire station – retained co-responder station
  • Health centre
  • Library
  • Museum
  • Petrol station and vehicle repair garages
  • Parish council offices
  • Primary school
  • Shops, restaurants and pubs
  • Sports clubs including bowling, football and sea angling
  • Superfast broadband internet

Running your business

The challenges some would see in running a business from a remote location are a major attraction for others. Certainly, the opportunity to run a business on the edge of Exmoor National Park and by the sea is an enormous attraction for those who can adapt their business to such a setting in order to enjoy the lifestyle.

The local North Devon tourism industry is mainly seasonal, although some businesses operate all year and there is growing support for developing all-year-round operation. Niche markets such as stag/hen/wedding holidays offer opportunities and there is potential to be exploited.

Businesses that can operate independently of location, such as marketing, professional and other knowledge-based activities, can also work well. Broadband internet in the centre of the village enables businesses to communicate worldwide. There is business potential for entrepreneurs with vision, especially in retail, tourism and remote business services.

Business support

COMBEbusiness works to support all businesses in Combe Martin. We hold monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe or Woolacombe.

Combe Martin Tourism Association exists to support businesses in the tourism sector.

Find out more

To talk to business owners in Combe Martin and ask questions, please call COMBEbusiness on 07971 176044.