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Businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe working to increase youth employment

While the Local Government Association has called for local councils to be given a bigger role in addressing youth unemployment, COMBEbusiness is already working to address this in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe in North Devon.

COMBEbusiness hosted its first community apprentice event in February 2012 and is widening this to its youth employment, enterprise and training event from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday 6 February at the Ilfracombe Centre.

Anyone can drop in to this free event:

Young people, students and jobseekers: to find out about opportunities, information and support.

Families: to learn more about how they can support children, grandchildren and young relatives get on to the careers ladder.

Businesses: to find out about what part they can play in employing apprentices and offering work experience as well as the funding and support available for this.

Every section of the community has a part to play in encouraging, supporting and advising young people choosing their future career path. Representatives from Careers South West, Construction Industry Training Board, Ilfracombe Arts College, Jobecentre Plus, Petroc and PLUSS will be on hand to offer advice and answer questions. Businesses will also be there to answer questions on working in different sectors and to give tips on job seeking.

COMBEbusiness welcomes all opportunities to unlock existing local expertise, advice and support within the community which can often produce powerful results.

Does your business need to assess its pricing and credit control?

Most people start businesses to generate an income for themselves, but in a tough economic climate some businesses barely cover their costs without providing an income.

Pricing and credit control are two key areas that can determine whether a business makes a profit and are the subject of a two-hour COMBEbusiness workshop on Wednesday 12 September at the Ilfracombe Centre.

Who could benefit from this workshop?

Anyone running a business who wants to increase their profit margins.


Are you setting your prices at the right level? Would people pay more for your products and services and still receive good value? Are you under-selling yourself? Or could you attract a different customer who would be willing to spend more with you?

Credit control

Are you running your business for you or acting as a bank for customers who are slow to pay? How can you improve your credit control? Would a change to your terms and conditions improve cash flow? Are you nervous about chasing late payments? How can you reduce bad debts?

These are issues every business has to address.

Workshop places at £10 each are limited to 10 so that the group can take part in active discussion of problems and practical solutions.

If you run a business in the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe or Woolacombe area of North Devon, book your place by calling Tim Cox on 01271 268208 or 07805 906804 or emailing

See workshop details.


Autumn 2012 training workshop and business mentoring schedule

We are finalising the COMBEbusiness autumn 2012 training workshop schedule in response to requests from members.

Eight workshops have now been confirmed, each running from 7pm to 9pm at the Ilfracombe Centre. Places are £10 per person for businesses in the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area of North Devon.

Workshop topics and dates include:

Watch out for additional workshop topics and dates.

For details and to book, call Tim Cox on 01271 268208 or 07805 906804 or email

Business mentoring

Free mentoring is still available for businesses in the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area. Again, please call Tim Cox for details.

COMBEbusiness is grateful to the Big Lottery Fund which has awarded us an Awards for All grant to support Get Started, Keep Going training workshops and mentoring.

COMBEbusiness is funded by an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund



Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe are fortunate to have hundreds of good quality independent businesses that are a credit to our community.

Independents’ Day gives us the opportunity to celebrate these assets and demonstrate our appreciation by using them. Let’s use as many of these businesses as possible to secure their future and the well-being of our towns and villages not just on 4 July but every day.

Sadly, the alternative is plain to see in many towns across the UK.

Participate in the HotSW Local Enterprise Partnership forum

The Heart of the South West (HotSW) is the Local Enterprise Partnership for Devon and Somerset. It replaces the former Regional Development Agency and represents businesses across the two counties.

Because it covers such a large area, it is important that the views of businesses in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe are represented and taken into account when policies are created.

One way of doing this is for individual businesses to participate in the online HotSW forum. You can do this by registering at The more businesses that participate, the more the needs of this area are likely to be considered.

Flyers for broadband campaign now available for download

Flyers to publicise the need for residents and businesses to complete the Connecting Devon and Somerset survey to establish demand for superfast broadband are now available.

Choose to download PDF flyers for:

Please download these, email them to your colleagues, friends and family, or print them our and distribute them as necessary.

We need as many people as possible in Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe to register their interest in superfast broadband at