• 10am ~ 5pm Friday 3 March 2017


Combe Martin, Ilfracombe & Woolacombe
4th annual business conference & exhibition
and business awards

Landmark Theatre, Wilder Road,
Ilfracombe, Devon, EX34 9BZ

Calling businesses, entrepreneurs and investors

Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe are OPEN FOR BUSINESS and invite you to the fourth free one-day interactive conference and exhibition for businesses, entrepreneurs and investors in 2017.

Join COMBEbusiness, representing and promoting local enterprise, plus local businesses for a day packed with activities including:

  • Conference and speaker programme
  • Exhibition of local businesses
  • Printed and online event guide
  • Business awards

2017 exhibitors

December 2016 – we have started listing exhibitors and will add more as we receive their business profiles – see confirmed exhibitors.

Book your exhibitor space and sponsorship packages now

Exhibition stands and sponsorship packages are now available:

Members booking

Book here if you are a member of:

  • COMBEbusiness – businesses in the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area can join for £5
  • Devon Chamber
  • Barnstaple Chamber
  • Bideford Chamber
  • Combe Martin/Ilfracombe/Woolacombe Tourism Asscoiations
  • North Devon Manufacturers Association
  • North Devon/Torridge FSB

Non-members booking

All other businesses and organisations please book here.

2017 conference programme

Our programme will feature national and regional speakers from business and government focusing on:

  • Doing Business post-Brexit
  • Making the best use of online tools
  • Young enterprise


The OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards are now open for entries for:

The deadline for entries is 31 January 2017 and the winners will be announced at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on 3 March 2017.

Opening eyes to business

OPEN FOR BUSINESS introduces you to the business vibrancy and enterprise opportunities of the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area of North Devon.

  • Recognises and promotes existing businesses – from small to large, manufacturing to tourism
  • Highlights opportunities to increase trade within the three ‘combes’ themselves, across North Devon, regionally and nationally
  • Details current investment, promotes existing planning permission and discusses opportunities for new development at every level

Enterprise and lifestyle

Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe offer a dream lifestyle location combining:

  • Hundreds of independent shops, restaurants, pubs and hotels
  • Business parks
  • Global manufacturing plants
  • Location in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
  • Proximity to Exmoor National Park
  • Award-winning sandy beaches and craggy cliffs
  • Working harbour and secluded coves and bays

The Landmark Theatre and Pavilion

The Landmark Theatre and Pavilion is the most modern theatre in North Devon. As well as featuring a purpose-built 480-seat theatre for our conference speaker sessions, the exhibition will be held in the adjoining Pavilion room and foyer. As well as the Rendezvous Cafe Bar, the building also hosts the Ilfracombe Tourist Information Centre. The cafe and stagedoor offer some of the best sea views from a theatre in the country.

Pay-and-display parking is available in front of the building – see location.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS event information