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 independent shops offering a range of products from gardening tools and natural therapies to locally produced sausages. Read more about shopping in Ivybridge.
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 which house a 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.
The 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.
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.