business conference & exhibition
NEW DATE:10am to 4.30pm – Friday 20 April 2018 | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9BZ

in association with

OPEN FOR BUSINESS | Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon | COMBEbusiness

Join the buzz for better business

What’s the secret to getting past the obstacles that are holding your business back? How can you create a team of employees who come to work happy and enthusiastic every day? How can you start a successful business on your own? What would it feel like to eliminate stress from your business or workplace? How can I connect with businesses all across Devon? Where can I meet forward-thinking business people who I can work with as clients or suppliers?

OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2018 aims to answer all these questions on Friday 20 April at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

We have a business exhibition from 10am to 3.00pm including a range of suppliers from many sectors plus advisers on apprenticeships, skills and learning plus a speaker and events programme focused on improving your business.

  • Start the day with an introduction to mindfulness from Creative Mind Matters to reduce stress in your business and help you feel and perform better.
  • A Google digital expert  from Google Digital Garage is coming to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape, so come prepared to learn and ask questions too.
  • Hear how Devon Chamber of Commerce is working to build a cohesive business community so that the county’s business can exploit their full potential to boost Devon’s economy.
  • Join the Next Stage Network (SW) to explore how self-management can remove roadblocks in any organisation, from manufacturers to health providers, to encourage innovation and develop businesses that are great to work in, productive and profitable.
  • Enjoy Tony Robinson OBE‘s one-man ‘Let’s get enterprising: The Micro Myths & Magic Show‘ to pick up 20 years’ of entrepreneurial tips to help your business.
  • PLUS connect with everyone over a free lunchtime networking buffet.

Sign up to visit

Entry to OPEN FOR BUSINESS for visitors is free – please register your place(s) now.

Visitors >>> REGISTER HERE

Speakers & events

Tony Robinson OBE | OPEN FOR BUSINESS | COMBEbusiness

We are delighted to welcome:

Tony Robinson OBE – who will travelling all the way from Scarborough to present his ‘Let’s Get Enterprising: The Micro Myths and Magic Show’.

Peter Heaton-Jones MP – Peter has supported the event for the past three years and we are grateful for his support for businesses in the area.

Google Digital Garage | COMBEbusiness | OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Google Digital Garage from Google – a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business, career and confidence, online.


Lunchtime networking buffet

sponsored by

Marsdens Devon Cottages | OPEN FOR BUSINESS | COMBEbusiness

We invite you to our lunchtime networking buffet – sponsored by Marsdens Devon Cottages.

We are grateful for Marsdens for providing this opportunity for visitors, exhibitors, speakers and guests to enjoy networking over a lunchtime buffet.

Event sponsored by

Braddicks & Sherborne | OPEN FOR BUSINESS 2018 | COMBEbusiness

Last few exhibitor spaces available

Members of COMBEbusiness >>> BOOK HERE

(plus members of Devon Chamber, Barnstaple Chamber, Bideford Chamber, Combe Martin/Ilfracombe/Woolacombe Tourism Associations, North Devon Manufacturers Association, North Devon/Torridge FSB).

All other businesses >>> BOOK HERE

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards 2018 | COMBEbusiness

COMBEbusiness Awards 2018

We are running the COMBEbusiness Awards for 2018 with the winners being announced at OPEN FOR BUSINESS – see the finalists.

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

OPEN FOR BUSINESS event information

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