Tag Archives : business

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 […]

New lease of life for liner lookout

A watch tower overlooking Plymouth Sound is getting a new lease of life, thanks to an exciting, award-winning scheme to entice entrepreneurs with cracking ideas. The ‘Liner Lookout’ stands on Plymouth’s world-famous Hoe and is one of a number of sites in the city centre and on Plymouth’s stunning waterfront being marketed for use under […]

Free Wi-fi now live in the Plymouth City Centre

The first phase of a partnership between BT and Plymouth City Council to make free wi-fi widely available across the city has just been successfully completed. The first BT Wi-fi hotspots have just gone ‘live’ in the city centre at the Sundial, at Frankfort Gate near the South entrance to City Market and on the […]

Social Enterprise Fund to help open up ebike shop

A social enterprise will be opening up a new shop in Devonport, thanks to support from the Council’s Social Enterprise Investment Fund.   Bikespace has opened its first shop and will sell electric bikes – or ebikes – as well as refurbished bicycles from its cycle recycling project already based in Devonport.   An empty shop in […]

South Yard outline planning application now submitted

Plymouth City Council has taken the next major step in transforming areas of South Yard into a dynamic new centre for the south west’s marine sector that is expected to bring with it 1,200 jobs.   With the submission of the outline planning application, the City Deal team has drawn up the broad framework for […]

1,200 jobs on the cards for South Yard

Over 1,200 jobs will be created as part of the Council’s ambitions for Devonport’s South Yard.   Important heritage buildings will have a part to play in the exciting new future for the 23-acre site which is to be transformed into marine industries production campus.   Plymouth’s Cabinet is meeting on 9 December to approve […]

A glimpse into Plymouth 2031

Plymouth residents and businesses can get glimpse into the future in a groundbreaking plan that sets out what life in Plymouth could be like in years to come.   For the first time ever, a single plan setting out the direction for the entire city has been put together after extensive conversations and events involving […]

Council to back the BID for next five years

City centre businesses will benefit from almost £3 million cash and in-kind support from the Council on top of £5 million worth of investment if the Council backs the city centre BID.   Cabinet is being asked to renew its support for the ‘business improvement district’ and back the City Centre Company’s plan to attract […]

Laying the groundwork for new jobs at Langage

Ground work is to get underway to expand the hugely successful Langage Science Park. Plymouth City Council has invested £2.6 million in expanding the science park so that more high-end companies will be able to move in, creating around 80 new jobs. The Council is handing over the 2.5 acre site to the contractors Britcon, […]

Council commit £2m to Plymouth Science Park.

Plymouth Science Park’s plans for growth received a major boost thanks to a significant loan from the Council of just under £2 million.   The Council’s investment board has this week approved a loan of £1.98 million to expand the science park, which is the biggest in the south of England.   The loan will […]

Council spend with local businesses going up

Almost half the Council’s spend – 45 per cent – is now with local businesses compared to just 16 per cent in 2011/12, thanks to a concerted and sustained effort by the Council’s procurement team to make sure they buy local.     Significant changes to the way the Council buys services locally has created […]

Plymouth smashes Plan for Jobs target

We’ve done it! 2,000 jobs have been created through the city’s ambitious Plan for Jobs. A concerted effort to push projects that have stalled, provide support for business getting off the ground and encourage existing businesses to expand has led to 2,000 new roles in Plymouth – months ahead of target. Council leader Tudor Evans […]

City urged to back the BID

Ten years of success, 15 national awards and a real voice for retail both in Plymouth and the region – Plymouth City Council should continue to back the BID, the city’s Working Plymouth Overview and Scrutiny Panel has heard. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance and city centre champion told the panel the Council should […]

Showreel showcases Britain’s Ocean City at MIPIM

Investors at the country’s number one property trade show will be getting a snapshot of how great Britain’s Ocean City is for business and lifestyle. A team from the Council will be at the event in Olympia this week for MIPIM, which attracts investors, developers, hotel groups, agents and business service providers. And to help them […]

Social enterprises benefit from innovative investment fund

Plymouth is cementing its status as a social enterprise city through a £500,000 innovative investment fund that will create jobs. Plymouth City Council is believed to be the first in the country to have a Social Enterprise investment fund and it has this week awarded £300,000 to six social enterprises. The funds have the potential to […]

Green light for the Four Greens Community Trust HQ

A former care home in north Plymouth is to get a new lease of life as a thriving headquarters for the new Four Greens Community Trust, heralding a new era of enterprise and opportunity for people in Whitleigh, Ernesettle, Honicknowle, West Park and Manadon.    The empty care home is to be transformed into a […]

Consultation to broaden the Barbican impact zone

Revellers, residents and businesses are being asked for their thoughts on possible changes to rules around licensing in and around the Barbican. The police want to expand the area covered by the cumulative impact policy by either adding a small parcel taking in Vauxhall Street and the Bretonside road or a much bigger area which […]

Take a look at plans for Devonport’s South Yard

People in Plymouth and beyond are being asked to give their comments towards shaping the anchor project for the City Deal, which could create over 1,000 new and skilled jobs. Outline plans to transform parts of the South Yard in Devonport into a marine industries production campus are being developed, ahead of an application being […]

New trust for the north of the city seeks directors

Fancy becoming a director of a community interest company designed to transform the lives and fortunes of those living in the north of Plymouth?   The Four Greens Community Trust, the new economic development trust covering Whitleigh, Ernesettle, Honicknowle and Manadon, has been granted legal status and now the search is on for board members. […]

Commitment to construction skills

Construction companies are being asked to help the Council set up a scheme that puts skills into the heart of significant developments.   Big building firms as well as contractors are being asked for their input on how to ensure major developments have a commitment to increasing training and skills as part of planning negotiations. […]

Have your say on the new coach hub for Plymouth

West End traders and residents, taxi and private hire companies, transport operators, as well as passengers are all being invited to comment on proposals for a new coach hub for Plymouth. Plymouth City Council wants to hear what people think about their plans for the hub on the site of the Mayflower West car park […]

Bridge coming down this weekend in city centre

Plymouth’s bridge to nowhere is to be dismantled as part of the demolition of Mayflower West car park. The footbridge, which is a covered walkway between the Armada Centre and the car park, will be taken down over the weekend of Friday 5 and Sunday 8 September. The bridge spans across Mayflower Street and was […]

Plymouth businesses waste welcome at Chelson Meadow

Businesses will be able to dispose of their waste at Chelson Meadow Recycling Centre as part of a move to make the Council more commercial. From September 1 the household recycling centre will be opening its gates to companies that need to get rid of items such as stone and soil, bonded asbestos, wood, electrical […]

Ladies and Gentlemen! Loos in Plymouth City Market now open

New revamped loos are now open to the public at Plymouth City Market. Plymouth City Council has invested over £80,000 in transforming the dated facilities to make them more attractive and bring them up to date. The 10-week project involved installing new drainage systems, new walls and floors, as well as lower ceilings, lighting, new […]

Tattoo equipment seized in Barne Barton

Equipment worth £4,000 has been seized as a fourth ‘scratcher’ has been raided through the Council’s Operation Itchy. Officers from the Council’s Public Protection Service, together with the police, executed a warrant at an address in Barne Barton this morning in the campaign to crackdown on ‘scratchers’ – amateurs who have bought tattoo kit over […]

Good prospects in building for North Prospect’s young

Young people will get a taste of building work in North Prospect as part of a Council roadshow to encourage them into the construction industry. A marquee is going up this Thursday (14 August) at the North Prospect Fun Day which is taking place at Titchy Park. There’s a chance to learn how to build […]

Leader urges Highways Agency to speed up A38 works

Council leader Tudor Evans has written to the Highways Agency urging them to review their planned programme of work to replace the A38 Merafield Road bridge. He is calling on the agency to see if they can reduce the disruption and time the project will take after learning the agency plan to carry out the […]