Tag Archives : business


Businesses invited to hear about apprenticeship shake-up

Plymouth businesses are being invited to a free event next week to hear how the new Apprenticeship Levy and apprenticeship reforms will affect them. Plymouth City Council, in partnership with the Devon and Cornwall Training Provider Network and the Skills Funding Agency, will be holding an event at Plymouth Guildhall on Tuesday 6 December to […]


Plymouth Pledges to Make a Difference for Mayflower 400

Plymouth businesses are being urged to help Make a Difference for Mayflower 400 as the city gears up for the momentous commemorations in 2020. A rallying call is being issued to business of all shapes and sizes to get stuck in and make a difference to their own business, to the look and feel of […]


Getting ready for major market makeover

Plymouth’s City Market is to get a £3.5 million makeover as part of a major investment to help the city’s West End businesses. Market traders are being invited to an event next week to talk to the project team and see some of the proposed designs for the revamp that will secure the long term […]


Plymouth, Devon and Somerset bid for more powers to boost prosperity

Council chiefs and business leaders say they want a ‘devolution revolution’ to boost prosperity in Devon and Somerset. They have agreed to submit a prospectus to Government that would result in higher productivity and better-paid jobs, improved road, rail and broadband links and more homes for the region’s growing population. There would be radical reforms […]


New round of Plymouth’s innovative social enterprise fund now open

Social enterprises across Plymouth are being invited to submit applications for a share of a £875,000 pot of loans and grants to help their business flourish over the next two years. The Council is launching another round of its innovative Social Enterprise Investment Fund and the successful bidders will be able to join a growing […]


Plymouth tanning salons still allow underage use

The number of tanning salons failing to check ID has fallen in Plymouth. In the most recent test purchase operation 37 per cent of a sample of Plymouth tanning salons failed. Compared to the three previous test purchases which had around an 80 per cent failure rate. Public protection officers visited a random selection of […]


Free digital upgrades for businesses

Almost 50 businesses in Plymouth are getting free upgrades to their broadband and digital set-up as part of an exciting scheme promoted by the Council. This scheme is available to businesses and provides a voucher of up to £3,000 to be spent on improving broadband. More businesses are being encouraged to sign up. Any small […]


Getting the nuts and bolts of business right

Teams from the Council will be at an event next week to highlight the support available to Plymouth’s small businesses. Council staff will be offering advice to new businesses as well as existing ones looking for tips on how to make their company grow. The event takes place at Plymouth Science Park’s Baylis Suite on […]


Social enterprises showcased at launch of next round

Social enterprises in Plymouth can pitch their great ideas to scale their business, create jobs and help the city’s residents in the next round of Social Enterprise Investment Fund. A mixture of capital loans and grants is on offer for organisations and businesses hoping to create work and boost prospects in neighbourhoods where there are […]


Getting the right people in for those summer jobs

Residents in Plymouth are being reminded to choose a reputable trader when it comes to all those summer jobs. With more of us spending time outside and looking to make home or garden improvements, Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards team is issuing some tips about getting it right.  Try a ‘Buy with confidence’ approved trader […]


Timetable for business centre underway

It’s full speed ahead for plans to turn an empty building in Whitleigh into a head-quarters and business centre for the Four Greens Community Trust. Planning permission has now been granted to transform the Whitleigh Care Home into a thriving centre for small businesses and a community space, creating around 60 new jobs in an […]


Making better use of the Guildhall

A new project has been launched to make better use of Plymouth’s Guildhall as part of an ongoing drive to make the most of council-owned buildings. Plymouth City Council has started a soft market test to gauge interest in use of the Guildhall, and is holding a two day event for interested parties. Those who […]


Unsung Plymouth scientist honoured at Langage

Plymouth’s newest employment space is to be named in honour of one of the city’s unsung scientists. Major progress has been made on the construction site which is transforming into over 30,000 feet of high spec factory and workspace at Langage Science Park. The site is to be called Hearder Court in recognition of Jonathan […]


South Yard given Enterprise Zone status

Joint release between Plymouth City Council and Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership Plymouth’s South Yard is to become an Enterprise Zone, making the site even more attractive to businesses. Chancellor George Osborne today announced that the bid put forward by the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership (HotSW LEP) on […]


Funding for new Four Greens Community Trust given green light

Around 60 new jobs, 22 business units, five new business hubs and three community spaces are now under starter’s orders, thanks to funding worth £1.275 million from the Council. The hard-working members of the Four Greens Community Trust are today celebrating news that the Council’s Investment Board has approved funding to transform the former Whitleigh […]


Key construction figures to attend Building Plymouth summit

Date: Thursday 19 March Time: 1.15pm Place: Reception Room, Council House Developers will be asked to help support the city’s innovative plan to get more people into construction at a summit taking place next week. Plymouth City Council is hosting its Building Plymouth summit and key figures from major construction companies including Kier, Midas, Ryearch […]


New factories take shape at Langage

  New high spec factories and workspace are taking shape at the hugely successful Langage Science Park.   The giant steel frames of two  large building blocks have now been erected as the expansion plans for the science park steam ahead.   The Council is investing around £2.7m to develop and build high quality employment […]


Operation Restore orders historic building owners to sort it!

The owners of run down historic buildings in Plymouth are being targeted as part of an initiative to make them carry out immediate urgent repairs. Operation Restore is being launched this week with the aim tackling the worst maintained historic buildings in Plymouth. The five historic buildings being targeted are; • Palace Theatre and former […]


Plymouth businesses asked ‘how can regulators help more?’

Businesses are being asked how better relationships can be forged between companies and the councils and organisations that regulate them. Plymouth City Council is asking businesses to fill in a survey to find out what sort of support they would like to see to help them comply with regulations that affect their business. Plymouth City […]


Facelifts for city centre shops and buildings on cards

City centre shops and businesses will be able to apply for facelifts under an innovative scheme to help businesses keep customers coming through the doors. The Council is announcing a £400,000 fund to help business owners carry out shop front improvements, such as new windows, doors and signs or cleaning building facades and cosmetic improvements. […]


Plymouth’s City Market to get £3 million makeover

Plymouth’s City Market is to get a £3 million makeover as part of a major investment to help the city’s West End business. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets today announced the massive investment at Full Council. The Council would be investing in the listed building, which is one of the busiest […]


Plan for new HQ for trust submitted

A planning application to transform an empty care home into a thriving business centre that will open up opportunities for people in north Plymouth has been submitted. The Four Greens Community Trust has submitted an application to turn the former Whitleigh Care Home into its headquarters and a business centre for up to 22 business units, […]


A historic tonic for Plymouth Gin

Senior figures at Plymouth Gin came face to face with their own history in the city recently. Two beautiful parchment deeds dating back to 1668 were on show at the Plymouth City Art Gallery and Museum at an event to mark the launch of the Open for Business exhibition. Staff at Plymouth and West Devon […]


Biggest ever funding promise for road to prosperity

Desperately-needed homes for hundreds of families, new jobs, and a 100-acre country park are now on the horizon in the north of the city, thanks to a massive funding promise from the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership. The partnership has this week announced it has earmarked £22.5 million of the Growth Fund […]


Funding boost for South Yard

Plymouth stands to receive a third of the total allocation for the entire region in today’s growth fund announcement. As well as the substantial support for the Forder Valley Link Road, the city has also secured £1.5 million for its exciting South Yard development plans. The fund will help establish the ‘direct development’ of ready-to-go […]


Plymouth gets better connected for free with BT Wi-fi

Planning permission has now been given for wi-fi transmitters to be installed on lamp posts as part of the roll-out of free BT Wi-fi in Plymouth. Engineers will begin installing transmitters on lamp posts and buildings in preparation for a free wi-fi network going live this Spring across a wider area of the city centre […]


Direct early morning train into Plymouth

The Leader of Plymouth City Council and key city business figures were at Plymouth train station today to welcome a new direct, early morning train service into Plymouth, following the first major redesign of First Great Western’s timetable in Devon and Cornwall for seven years. Arriving at 1033, a full 40 minutes before the previous first direct […]