October to December 2017 event form

Please use this form to let us know which events you want to attend and participate in – one form for four events.

You can find full details of each event here.

Name*

Business*

Email*

Phone/mobile*

Sunday 29 October – An Evening of Paranormal Activities

If you would like to attend this free event organised at Ilfracombe Indoor Market, please let us know how many places you want to reserve:

Please reserve place(s) at the Paranormal Evening.

Wed 22 November – Visit to Barnstaple Crematorium

To book a free place on the visit to Barnstaple Crematorium on the evening of Wednesday 22 November, please let us know below how many places you want to reserve:

Please reserve place(s) on the Crematorium visit.

Fri 8 December – Christmas Meal

Please let us know if you want to come to the COMBEbusiness Christmas Party Meal on Friday 8 December at the Carlton Hotel @ £22.50 per person (including glass of bubbly and 3-course meal), please select the number of places you would want. (We will get back in touch to confirm.)

I would want place(s) at the Christmas Party.

Christmas Late Opening & Small Business Saturday

In addition to Combe Christmas, there have been enquiries about late opening on a Thursday before Christmas. COMBEbusiness is happy to help publicise this and we need to know which shops and businesses will be opening late and on which days.

If you intend to open late, please let us know below and we will add you to our list:

Where is your business?

Thursday 23 November
Thursday 30 November
Thursday 7 December
Thursday 14 December
Thursday 21 December

What time will you close?

Saturday 2 December – Small Business Saturday

Will you take part in Small Business Saturday by displaying a poster, having a special offer or promoting on social media?

October to December events

Thanks to everyone’s enthusiasm we are getting busier with more events and activities.

We need your responses to know what you are interested in, so have created one form to save time by enabling you to reply regarding all four events below:

  • Ilfracombe Indoor Market’s Paranormal Evening
  • Visit to Barnstaple Crematorium
  • Christmas Party Meal
  • Proposed Christmas Late Opening & Small Business Saturday

These events and activities are open to all businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe, so please share with your contacts and get them involved.

Please respond as soon as possible, whether you wish to take part or not.

Sun 29 October – An Evening of Paranormal Activities

Member Sara Dyer is organising this Ilfracombe Indoor Market event at 7.30pm on Sunday 29 October.

This is a free pilot session to see if there is a ‘market’ for this activity in Ilfracombe and to see what format would be most likely to be supported and what people would be prepared to pay for such an experience. So please be prepared to tell us what you think if you come along.

Activities include: dowsing rods, use of a ghost box, pendulums, table tipping, human pendulum and temperature changing.

Rules: No alcohol / drugs or persons having recently consumed either. No under 18s. No pregnant persons.

Tea and biscuits will be provided.

Attending? Yes or no? Please let us know.

Wed 22 November – Visit to Barnstaple Crematorium

Member Andy Punchard of Braddicks and Sherborne is organising this as an additional free event from our main monthly meetings. If you are interested in finding out more about the crematorium, please let Andy know asap (if you haven’t already).

Attending? Yes or no? Please let us know.

Fri 8 December – Christmas Party Meal

Member Eliot Eliot Seabourn-Wren has asked if COMBEbusiness would like to have our Christmas meal at the Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe. The suggested date is Friday 8 December – the price for a glass of bubbly, three-course meal, DJ, dancing, party hats etc – with COMBEbusiness members’ discount – is £22.50 per head.

Please let us know if you are interested in attending.

Interested? Yes or no? Please let us know.

Christmas Late Night Opening & Small Business Saturday

In addition to Combe Christmas, there have been enquiries about late opening on a Thursday before Christmas. COMBEbusiness is happy to help publicise this and we need to know which shops and businesses will be opening late and on which days.

Suggested dates are: Thursday 23 & 30 November, 7, 14 & 21 December.

Small Business Saturday is also coming up on Saturday 2 December. To join in this national campaign, you can download a poster to display, have a special offer for customers or simply promote it by sharing on social media. The aim is to get as many people as possible using local businesses.

Participating? Yes or no? Please let us know.

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.

Event: Dr Molly Scott-Cato MEP to visit Ilfracombe

Member of the European Parliament for the South West Dr Molly Scott-Cato will be visiting the Carlton Hotel in Ilfracombe from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday 22 February to host an hour of informal discussion about what a future outside the European Union may look like.

COMBEbusiness members are invited to attend the event where Dr Scott-Cato will give a short introduction on the subject of the UK Post Brexit followed by an open discussion.

Refreshments will be available.

No reservation is required, but please attend promptly for a punctual 6pm start.

COMBEbusiness becomes Affiliate member of Devon Chamber

In order to expand our reach and ensure that businesses in the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area receive the best representation when dealing with Government and other bodies, COMBEbusiness has joined Devon Chamber as an affiliate member.

Devon Chamber of Commerce is an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce network. Representing over 40,000 employees in the county, Devon Chamber connects businesses to enable growth and success in the region. Working in partnership with local authorities, strategic organisations and British Chambers of Commerce, Devon Chamber of Commerce works to improve business conditions in the county.  Devon Chamber works with all levels of local and regional government, from officers working directly on projects to those who influence local decision making and strategic groups such as the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership. Nationally, it has access to the Government through the relationship with British Chambers of Commerce, enabling it to add weight to local and regional lobbying activity. It seeks to address key issues impacting on business growth and development for the region.

What are the benefits of Affiliate Membership?

  • 2 Copies of Chamber profile
  • Free Chamber event promotion via Elink
  • Affiliate Chamber news feed on Devon Chamber website – for Chamber news & information
  • Access to free events for 2 members of the chamber committee
  • Access to paid events – member rate will be apply to committee members and non-member rate applies to all Chamber members
  • Inclusion in the BCC quarterly economic survey & other relevant surveys
  • Chamber profile and link on Devon Chamber of Commerce Affiliate page of website
  • Quarterly roundtable discussions with the CEO of Devon Chamber and briefings

COMBEbusiness directors will be meeting with Devon Chamber to develop a close relationship and involvement in events both in this area and across the whole of Devon.

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!

2016 OPEN FOR BUSINESS Exhibitor: Watermouth Cove Cottages

Watermouth Cove Cottages will be exhibiting at OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2016 on Friday 4 March at the Landmark Theatre & Pavilion, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Watermouth Cove Cottages

Profile: Watermouth Cove Cottages are a group of eight pretty self-catering holiday cottages, built in the 17th century and once the coaching houses and stables of Watermouth Castle. Watermouth Cove Cottages are situated beside the castle grounds, just 200 yards from the cove, harbour and South West coastal path between Combe Martin and Ilfracombe. Pets are welcome.

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2016 OPEN FOR BUSINESS Exhibitor: Travel Counsellors ~ Clare Flint

Travel Counsellors: Clare Flint will be exhibiting at OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2016 on Friday 4 March at the Landmark Theatre & Pavilion, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Clare Flint of Travel Counsellors

Profile: Clare Flint is an independent travel agent with many years of experience providing financially bonded trips for both Holiday and Business Travel. She can offer a 30-day credit account for regular business travellers as well as airfares worldwide in all classes. Clare prides herself on being approachable, efficient, discreet and friendly.

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