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promoting business around Ilfracombe, Woolacombe and Combe Martin
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Don't miss our speaker programme at OPEN FOR BUSINESS in the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe, Devon this Friday.

The speaker programme in the Landmark Theatre at OPEN FOR BUSINESS:

10.00 | Creative Mind Matters – Mindfulness Session

Come along to find out about how mindfulness can help you as an individual and in your business and work.

10.30 | Google Digital Garage – Develop your Social Media Strategy

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

A Google digital expert 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.

11.30 | George Cowcher – Chief Executive of Devon Chamber of Commerce

George Cowcher will provide an update of major issues affecting the Devon business community and the importance of all businesses working together across the county.

12.30 – 13.30 | Networking Buffet – sponsored by Marsdens Devon Cottages

A break to network in the Landmark café.

1.40 | Lee Norburn – The Next Stage Network (SW)

Lee Norburn and Nick Parker from nowlab are co-founders of the Next Stage Network (SW). Passionate about helping businesses reinvent themselves for the 21st century, they have delivered their popular series of workshop to over 100 businesses across the South West.

Join Lee for an interactive conversation exploring how ‘Next Stage’ or ‘Teal’ organisations, improve efficiency, staff engagement, innovation, and responsiveness, through:
• Self-Management – Traditional hierarchies and pyramids, are replaced with more powerful, fluid systems of distributed authority.
• Wholeness – The ‘professional mask’ is dropped and people dare to truly be themselves, releasing their full potential.
• Evolutionary Purpose – No more five-year strategic plans, individuals tune in and respond to the current situation with innovation and creativity

2.30 | Tony Robinson OBE – Let’s get enterprising: The Micro Myths & Magic Show

Tony Robinson OBE is a professional business speaker and Micro Business champion. Tony is co-Founder of Enterprise Rockers CIC and a #MicroBizMatters Day patron, as well as Founder of enterprise support organisation SFEDI Group and co-Founder of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE). He is author of the-best selling book ‘Freedom from Bosses Forever’, Chair, The Business Advisory Bureau Limited (est. 1986) and the recipient of two lifetime achievement awards for enterprise. Tony is travelling all the way from Scarborough to present his ‘Let’s Get Enterprising: The Micro Myths and Magic Show’ at OPEN FOR BUSINESS.

Who is it for?
In one hour, Tony guarantees to give you everything he has learned in over 20 years of research, interviews, observation and experience that will help you survive and thrive, happily, as a micro business owner (0-9 employees). This talk is for everyone thinking about, preparing for, starting or running their own business, and those helping others to do so.

What’s he selling? What’s it about?
Nothing is being sold – not even the fictional satire, ‘Freedom from Bosses Forever’ on which this talk is based. Tony believes that 9 out of 10 speakers and writers on enterprise are promoting the ‘American Dream’ way of starting up and scaling up your own business. It usually involves a big dream, a passionate business idea or format business opportunity, a business plan, a mentor or investor, a pitch and gaining funding – often a loan. Tony doesn’t say this is wrong but believes this way is for the few and there is a better way for the many, proven by 30 years of research and practical experience. This is a talk about what he believes will work best for the 5 million UK micro business owners in the future and draws on his observations of real business owners, some very famous, whom he has met. He explains what they do, all ages and backgrounds, to succeed and be happy.

3.30 | OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards

At last, the wait will be over. The winners of the OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards will be announced in the theatre.
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It's show week for OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Ilfracombe, Devon this Friday and here are some of the organisations specifically offering business support at the event.

If you run a business in North Devon or further afield across the county, in Cornwall or Somerset or beyond, you are most welcome to attend.

Barnstaple Job Centre Plus – learn how the Disability Confident employer scheme can help your business.

Devon Chamber of Commerce – enabling businesses to grow and succeed.

Fast Track to Growth – free programme to help Devon-based businesses grow. You could win one of two prizes of on-going business support worth £10,000.

Google Digital Garage – a digital skills training platform to assist you in growing your business. A Google digital expert is coming to Ilfracombe to teach you what is needed to gain a competitive advantage in the ever changing digital landscape.

Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme – offers 12 hours’ free business support to social enterprises in the area.

Learn Devon – Learn Devon supports people in learning new skills for leisure, returning to employment, improving their English and maths.

Petroc – learn how you can employ apprentices to help your business.

Don't miss out – register your free place at open-for-business-2018.eventbrite.co.uk
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Sadly, we are postponing our OPEN FOR BUSINESS event due to the extreme weather conditions. Thank you to all sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and registered visitors for your tremendous support. We hope to reschedule soon. Stay safe and warm!
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Who are the finalists in this year's OPEN FOR BUSINESS Awards?

See the list on the COMBEbusiness web site.

Who will win?

Register for your space at OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Ilfracombe, Devon on Friday 2 March when the winners will be announced in the Landmark Theatre at 4pm - open-for-business-2018.eventbrite.co.uk
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Immerse yourself in Sea Ilfracombe, Ilfracombe's maritime festival exhibiting at OPEN FOR BUSINESS #CBopen4biz #Devon on Friday 2 March http://open-for-business-2018.eventbrite.co.uk
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Test your elevator pitch with Kyle Chivers of Firethought - winner of the Prince's Trust Natwest Young Entrepreneur Award and COMBEbusiness director - at OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Ilfracombe, Devon on Friday 2 March. Register for your free place(s) at http://open-for-business-2018.eventbrite.co.uk
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We're looking to forward to welcoming exhibitors and visitors from across #Devon and beyond to the Landmark Theatre, #Ilfracombe this Friday for OPEN FOR BUSINESS. Register your place at open-for-business-2018.eventbrite.co.uk
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We are Delighted that Tony Robinson OBE will be giving his one-hour show 'Let's Get Enterprising - The Micro Myths and Magic Show' at OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Ilfracombe, Devon on Friday 2 March.

Book your free place(s) at https://open-for-business-2018.eventbrite.co.uk
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Over the past few months, I've attended a series of workshops run by Lee Norburn and Nick Parker of NowLab on Next Stage working, based on the work of Frederic Laloux. I've found these thought-provoking and offering potential solutions to issues faced by many organisations from manufacturers to health providers.

Next Stage Working focuses on self-management, wholeness and evolutionary purpose. As well as helping organisations to work more effectively and develop better environments for people to work in, it increases profitability.

Lee and Nick are establishing a Next Stage Network for organisation in South West England – please come and hear them talk about what it is and how it could benefit your organisation at OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Ilfracombe on Friday 2 March.

Robert Zarywacz, Chairman of COMBEbusiness
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What business opportunities are there around Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe in North Devon? That's what COMBEbusiness is highlighting at its business exhibition and conference in March. We first staged this event in 2014 and had no idea whether it would succeed. Here we are five years later, working on what we hope will be our biggest and best event ever.

We're looking to reach businesses not only locally, but across Devon and even further. Although we're remote, there's a lot happening here in manufacturing, tourism, business services and other business sectors. Investment continues, new businesses are starting, people are moving their businesses here to enjoy the lifestyle and people are buying and reinvigorating established businesses.

What brings them here? Well, we have the sea and a stunning coastline, but also a great community.

Being remote means we have to work hard to connect and do business, and we're putting on a free lunchtime networking buffet - sponsored by Marsdens Devon Cottages - to help give you a really warm welcome and thank you for coming to see us.

We hope you are free on Friday 2 March and can visit us at OPEN FOR BUSINESS in Ilfracombe.
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