Articles Tagged with business

2015 OPEN FOR BUSINESS exhibitor: pressme

Meet pressme at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 5 March 2015 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.


pressme raises the profile of businesses using public relations so people know who they are and what they do. We do this through affordable, fixed-price PR packages.

We also produce printed and online magazines.

SHOW DAY OFFER: we will write, edit and design an 8-page A5 magazine, print 1,000 copies and publish online for £799 & VAT – see for details.

Meet pressme at OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

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Free entry for businesses and the public.

2015 OPEN FOR BUSINESS exhibitor: Flint Hosts

Meet Flint Hosts at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 5 March 2015 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.


Based in Ilfracombe, we provide Cloud Managed Servers with enterprise level security and excellent service at the heart of what we do. We’re experts in providing the right solutions for our clients, regardless of your industry, and we offer a fully bespoke service to match your requirements exactly – whether you require simple website hosting or need to support business critical systems.

Meet the Flint Hosts team at OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

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2015 OPEN FOR BUSINESS exhibitor: Hele Corn Mill

Meet Hele Corn Mill at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 5 March 2015 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Hele Corn Mill, Ilfracombe

Winner of Devon Life’s ‘Best Tearoom Award 2013 and 2014′, Hele Corn Mill is a 16th century watermill, tearoom and tourist attraction.

Cakes baked daily on the premises, some using our wholemeal stoneground flour. Our cream teas include traditional Devonshire Splits and Thunder and Lightning. Mill tours, kids puzzles and challenges.

School groups and private visits welcome.

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From 4 February 2015 we will add one exhibitor a day to the list of exhibitors.


Free entry for businesses and the public.


Stands available to all businesses – book your stand now.

#CBopen4biz exhibitor: One Ilfracombe

Meet One Ilfracombe at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 6 March 2014 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

One Ilfracombe

One Ilfracombe brings together public, private and voluntary sector organisations to work together in partnership to improve the economy, health and living environment of Ilfracombe for the benefit of all.

We believe that decisions affecting Ilfracombe should not be made remotely but should be made by local people who live, work and invest in the town.


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#CBopen4biz exhibitor: Clare Flint of Travel Counsellors

Meet Clare Flint of travel counsellors at OPEN FOR BUSINESS on Thursday 6 March 2014 at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, North Devon.

Clare Flint of Travel CounsellorsClare 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 to for regular business travellers, offers airfares worldwide in all classes and prides herself on being approachable, efficient, discreet and friendly.


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Stands available to all businesses – book your stand now.

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: North Devon seaside towns look to the future

Even before the recent submission of Damien Hirst’s application to build 750 high quality homes, businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe had already scheduled a major conference and exhibition in 2014 to promote the area’s accelerating regeneration.

While research by the Centre for Social Justice suggests some UK seaside towns are trapped in a ‘cycle of poverty’, these three North Devon towns will be highlighting the opportunities available at OPEN FOR BUSINESS at the Landmark Theatre and Pavilion, Ilfracombe on Thursday 6 March, 2014.

Hosted by local business group COMBEbusiness, the event will showcase businesses at an exhibition in the pavilion, while a day-long programme of speaker panels presenting on and debating key issues will run in the 480-seat theatre. The event offers free entry to visitors.

“OPEN FOR BUSINESS is an opportunity for people to update their impressions of the area where regeneration is gathering speed,” said Robert Zarywacz, chairman of COMBEbusiness.

“Seaside towns across the country have struggled for decades to establish new identities and we are pleased to see progress in North Devon. Damien Hirst’s Verity has attracted much attention, while JD Wetherspoon’s investment in its new Admiral Collingwood pub is another vote of confidence. A nearby holiday park is investing £2.5 million in its facilities and new, high quality retailers are opening up all the time to transform the shopping experience.

“With hundreds of independent shops, some of the best restaurants and tearooms in Devon, two world-class manufacturing plants and viable new businesses opening all the time, the business mood is definitely optimistic.

“In addition, we are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on the edge of Exmoor National Park, enjoy Woolacombe’s award-winning beaches plus Ilfracombe’s unique harbour. Where else would you want to run a business while living on a stunning coastline?”


➤ Recognise and promote existing businesses – from small to large, manufacturing to tourism

➤ Highlight opportunities to increase trade within the three ‘combes’ themselves, across North Devon, regionally and nationally

➤ Detail current investment, promote existing planning permission and discuss opportunities for new development at every level

The conference speaker programme will be confirmed shortly and exhibitions stands are now available for businesses to book online at

Opportunities for investors and entrepreneurs

OPEN FOR BUSINESS is hosted by COMBEbusiness and supported by Devon County Council and North Devon Council.

It offers the opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to discuss investing in, starting up or running a business in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe plus the chance to talk to existing business owners.

“The area has fantastic potential and we are now seeing interest from larger investors,” said Robert Zarywacz.

“By attending OPEN FOR BUSINESS, investors and entrepreneurs with vision will realise the potential.”

Visitors can register for free entry to OPEN FOR BUSINESS at

Could you help to build our economy?

COMBEbusiness operates on a volunteer basis and we are looking to expand our board to continue developing and supporting businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe.

If you run a business or have business experience or knowledge, we would be happy for you to join our volunteer board.

Our specific requirements are for individuals to:

  • Manage our accounts – this a relatively modest accounting task
  • Administer our mentoring and training programme
  • Identify and obtain funding/increase income to develop/support our activities

However much time you can spare will be welcome.

We would also like to identify more individuals in the area able to deliver business mentoring and training. Topics will range from starting up a business to sector specific issues. There will be remuneration for time spent on mentoring/training.

Please contact Robert on 07971 176044 for more details.

Could we buy more locally?

Research by GfK shows that British consumers are more thrifty than any other nation, according to a FT article. This could be seen as bad news for businesses because consumers are buying less, but it also provides opportunities. It can be tough persuading consumers to change their buying habits, but those who are looking to change are more open to new ideas. Could your business attract new customers who are looking to change?

There is also a growing movement towards buying locally. Price is not always the biggest concern here: availability, speed of delivery and quality can all make local offerings more attractive.

There is a vast selection of products and services available in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe. We can buy locally sourced and produced bread, meat, vegetables and produce and everything from DIY materials to shoes, clothes, pet supplies, bicycles, bools and videos, flowers, artists’ materials, stationery, photographic supplies and services, homeware and more. There are also business services available including accountants, solicitors, insurance, travel agents, marketing and printers.

Do we want people to use our local businesses more? Do we use local businesses ourselves?

While not everyone will want to use every local supplier, it makes sense to start off by seeing what is available locally before we look elsewhere. After all, if we don’t support other local businesses, why should they support our own business?

If we’re not attracting local business, is there a reason for this? Is our offering relevant? Are there things we could do differently in our business? Do potential customers know we even exist?

There is so much that every business can do to attract more local customers.

North Devon business skills survey – win £400

North Devon+ is conducting a survey on behalf of the Northern Devon Employment and Skills Board to learn about local needs and issues so that it can improve support for local employers. It is keen to get as many businesses as possible to take part.

Please complete the survey to help produce an accurate evidence base of training requirements in the area.

The time to complete this survey will differ for each business. As a guide, it may take only six minutes for small businesses, 10 minutes for medium-sized businesses, but 18 minutes for larger businesses. You will be able to save your answers and complete the survey at another time if you need to. Answers will be handled in the strictest of confidence and anonymised (you and your business will not be identifiable).

As a thank you for taking the time to complete it, you’ll have the chance to win £400 cash – complete survey now.

North Devon Council seeks business views on council tax support scheme

In conjunction with proposed changes to the country’s welfare system, the government is asking local authorities to devise new local council tax support schemes to replace council tax benefits. At the same time, the government is reducing the sums of money given to each district to pay for this council tax support.

In response to this, North Devon Council is asking local residents for their views on the proposed changes, which will directly affect working-age people who currently receive council tax benefit.

North Devon Council also invites businesses to express their views on the proposed council tax support scheme, as the impact of these changes could affect their customers.

The major changes will need to take into account a 10% reduction in what North Devon Council has to pay for council tax support. It is proposed this will mean people of working age will face a reduction in support from April 2013, while pensioners and some other vulnerable groups are protected from the cuts.

An eight-week consultation is now taking place, with a general survey available at, as well as a copy of the full draft scheme. If you would like to share your views, please go online and complete the survey before Monday 1 October 2012.