The Pleasure of Shopping Ivybridge Style
Fed-up with busy city centres, queues and parking difficulties? Then come to Ivybridge to rediscover the pleasure of shopping at an unhurried pace in attractive surroundings.Unlike other South Hams market towns Ivybridge provides a level and compact shopping centre with easy access from a number of car parks (including some free parking provision). The main shopping area is centred on Erme Court, the Glanvilles Mill precinct and Fore Street.Strolling around this riverside town you will discover a whole host of mainly privately run shops with staff for whom nothing is too much trouble. Ivybridge is a particularly thriving centre for specialist shops offering a range of products from designer wedding gowns to gardening tools and natural therapies to locally produced sausages.
There is also a varied market programme to complement the offering of resident retailers –
• small weekly Mixed Market (Thursdays, Glanvilles Mill car park)
• Artisan Market (1st and 3rd Saturday of the month in the morning - The Watermark)
The town pulls out all the stops to celebrate Christmas in style with a fantastic modern lighting scheme, parade, grotto, street entertainers, complimentary and special offers in many shops and so much more; the Christmas Festival for 2019 is scheduled for Friday 29 November and the morning of Saturday 30 November - why not make a note in your diary now.
Having been spoilt for choice on your shopping trip to Ivybridge, you may wish to treat yourself to a refreshment break before embarking on your journey home – so why not round off your visit with coffee and cake in one of the town’s attractive cafés or indulge in a traditional bar snack in one of the friendly local hostelries – the choice is yours!
The place for Business
An increasing number of businesses and service providers are locating in the town, recognising the advantages of its skilled local workforce, good transport links, parking provision and attractive environment.
Whilst there is a busy commercial and retail sector within the town centre, there are two industrial parks elsewhere in the town - at Filham Moor and Westover - housing a healthy range of businesses from a bath restorer to a manufacturer of blinds. There is also a much larger industrial estate 2 miles to the west of the town at nearby Lee Mill which houses over 100 firms including 23 District Council (www.southhams.gov.uk) owned small business units. A directory of local businesses both in and around Ivybridge is available on www.ivybridge-devon.co.uk.
The £4 million Town Council Watermark building provides 16 small offices available on flexible leasing terms specifically designed for start-up businesses. Support facilities include broadband connection, shared use photocopier and shared reception. Additionally on-site business advice is available both to Watermark tenants and to members of the wider business community. Further information on the Watermark business facilities is available from the Council or The Watermark Information Centre
Local support to business is also provided by the town’s Chamber of Commerce. The Town Council also works with partner agencies to support the local business community.