10am ~ 5pm Friday 4 March 2016


Combe Martin, Ilfracombe & Woolacombe
3rd annual business conference & exhibition
and NEW business awards

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

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Calling businesses, entrepreneurs and investors

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

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

National & regional speakers

We are lining up a programme of speakers, including leading national experts in their fields as well as specialists from across North Devon – watch as announcements are made.

Speakers we are pleased to welcome include:

  • Peter Heaton-Jones, MP for North Devon
  • Adam Saunders, entrepreneur
  • Chris Garcia, Chief Executive of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Laurent Boon, BT’s programme manager for Connecting Devon and Somerset
  • Mike Matthews, North Devon FSB & managing director of Lineal Software Solutions


Disability Confident – make it your business | OPEN FOR BUSINESS | Ilfracombe, North Devon

We are also pleased that OPEN FOR BUSINESS will be the first Disability Confident event hosted by Peter Heaton-Jones and we will be welcoming Justin Tomlinson, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People at the Department of Work and Pensions, who will be discussing with businesses the importance of employing and retaining more disabled people – read more . . .

Useful clinics, advice & activities

Exhibitors will be offering useful services and advice, such as affordable headshot photos for your PR, web site and social media profiles plus advice on business issues – read more . . .

Business awards

The winners of the  OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards 2016 for businesses in the the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe awinners will be announced at OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

The awards categories are:

The awards will be open for entry in December and there will be a free COMBEbusiness workshop on how to enter and win awards in January 2016.

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


OPEN FOR BUSINESS is organised for COMBEbusiness by:

Flint Hosts at OPEN FOR BUSINESS, Ilfracombe, North Devon on Friday 4 March 2016

Hashtag Marketing Solutions at OPEN FOR BUSINESS, Ilfracombe, North Devon on Friday 4 March 2016

Project Shop at OPEN FOR BUSINESS, Ilfracombe, North Devon on Friday 4 March 2016