Woolacombe is a seaside resort on the North Devon coast. It is internationally famous for its three-mile long sandy beach and was named ‘Britain’s Best Beach’ in the Coast Magazine Awards 2012. TripAdvisor has named Woolacombe ‘Best Beach in UK’ two year running and it is also ranked highly among European beaches.
The resort population is estimated at 1,000 in winter months, although this increases considerably in the summer.
Woolacombe business population
Woolacombe’s remote, rural location suits it for business types including:
- Holiday accommodation including holiday parks, bed and breakfast and apartments
- Food and leisure retail
- Cafés, pub and restaurant
- Leisure attractions and services
With more facilities available in nearby Ilfracombe, Woolacombe facilities include:
- Beaches and sand dunes
- Bus services
- Fire station – retained co-responder station
- Health centre
- Petrol station
- Primary school
- Shops, restaurants and pubs
- Superfast broadband internet
- Sports clubs including football, golf, long boarders surfing, surf life saving and hang gliding and paragliding
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 near such a stunning beach resort are enormous.
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. Superfast broadband internet in the centre of the resort enables businesses to communicate worldwide.
There is business potential for entrepreneurs with vision, especially in retail, tourism and watersports and similar activities.
COMBEbusiness works to support all businesses in Woolacombe.We hold monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe or Woolacombe.
Woolacombe and Mortehoe Tourism Association exists to support businesses in the tourism sector.
Find out more
To talk to business owners in Woolacombe and ask questions, please call COMBEbusiness on 07971 176044.