Lottery grant will help Ilfracombe businesses

A year long training and support programme planned by COMBEbusiness thanks to grants from Big Lottery, North Devon Plus and Ilfracombe Town Council.

BUSINESSES in the Ilfracombe area have received a boost following a lottery grant to support training and development.

COMBEbusiness has obtained a �5,640 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund to assist its Get Started, Keep Going training, development and support programme for businesses in the Combe Martin, Ilfracombe and Woolacombe area.

Funding has also been granted by North Devon Plus and Ilfracombe town Council

“We asked members what training and support they need to grow and the grant has enabled us to build Get Started, Keeping Going around these requirements,” said chairman Robert Zarywacz.

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“The 12-month programme will provide high value, affordable training and mentoring for anyone wanting to start a new business and for owners who want to expand and develop existing businesses.

“We’re also putting in place business rescue support so we can guide those facing difficulties to find help and advice fast.”

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Mr Zarywacz thanked director Tim Cox for preparing the successful grant application and said it was hoped to use local business expertise to deliver the programme wherever possible.

The “not-for-private-profit” company was set up last April, with voluntary directors working at providing practical support to meet the needs of businesses represented by the organisation.

COMBEbusiness has already held a workshop on selling on eBay and another on social media is planned for February 21, with future training aimed at marketing, sales and retailing.

For details of the Get Started, Keep Going scheme, visit

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