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Nana’s Kitchen Cookery Courses

Nana’s Kitchen in Combe Martin is a friendly bistro and Ildi the owner also runs cookery classes.  Classes are tailored to the needs of the class – so all levels are catered for. Each class has a maximum of 4 people. Classes run for 4 weeks and cost £50 in total. Items of food are included.

Classes are also available to anyone with learning disabilies, max 2 students per class.

National Careers Service

Develop your CV, search and apply for jobs, understand the job market, search for courses and training schemes, find funding to support any learning, identify your key strengths and skills, explore your career options, choose training routes that fit your lifestyle, develop an action plan to help you achieve your goals.

North Devon Business Alliance

The North Devon Business Alliance has been established by experienced North Devon business owners and executives to represent the interests of all businesses in the area and, through supporting existing businesses and encouraging start-ups, to develop the full potential of the local economy.


North Devon Children’s Centres

All the centres offer a variety of drop-in activities to encourage early play and learning. These include stay and play, singing and story time sessions. The drop in groups run on a first come, first serve basis and are free of charge. Parents and carers with a baby or child under 5 years, including dads, grandparents and childminders are all welcome.

Parents and carers can also access a range of other useful services from the centres, including health and parenting advice, adult learning opportunities and help to get back into training and employment.

North Devon Plus

  • Empowering local communities through housing improvements, family support, and community development.
  • Supporting local businesses to start, develop and grow, thereby improving productivity, jobs and wealth creation.
  • Ensuring effective service delivery and community regeneration in our disadvantaged wards.
  • Raising the skill level of the North Devon workforce and those entering employment.
  • Developing and promoting North Devon as an attractive destination for communities, visitors and inward investment.

Northern Devon Employment Services Board

The Northern Devon Employment & Skills Board (ESB) is tasked with understanding and communicating the needs of employers and investors in relation to business development and employment and skills issues.

  • Educating for work and enterprise (linking with local schools and colleges)
  • Business development and support (for the local self-employed to large employers)
  • Workforce skills (investing in our employees for improved productivity and growth)
  • Supporting people into work (from young people to older jobseekers)