Tag Archives : economy


Brexit committee to hear about impact on construction industry

An ageing work force, regional competition for labour and increased demand for workers on house building sites all contribute to a continuing shortage of skilled construction workers – and that’s before the impact of Brexit takes effect. That’s the picture the city’s new Brexit, Infrastructure and legislative Change Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be getting […]


Council make commitment to Phase 2 of Oceansgate funding

Plymouth City Council has made a £14.3m commitment to support Phase 2 of Oceansgate, a pioneering new marine business-hub development in South Yard, Devonport. As Phase 1 of the development nears completion, with the buildings expected to be opened in March, attention has turned to Phase 2. This will see the construction of a further […]


Joint Local Plan public examination continues this week

The economy, employment land, retail development and the three strategic growth areas of Plymouth are being discussed at the ongoing public examination into the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan. Plymouth City Council, South Hams District Council and West Devon Borough Council submitted the draft plan to the Secretary of State in July […]


Council invests in city to bring in steady income

Plymouth City Council has purchased a prime retail warehouse park in the city as part of a long-term investment strategy to promote the local economy and generate income. The Council has used historically low borrowing rates to acquire the freehold interest of Friary Retail Park on Exeter Street. The property extends to circa 81,000 sq […]


RNLI’s historic links with Plymouth celebrated in second Book of Wonder

Did you know Plymouth was one of the first places in the country to have a lifeboat, with the first stationed here in 1803? The RNLI was set up in 1824 and formally took over running the Plymouth lifeboat station the following year. It is the busiest station in the region, with crew members helping […]

Council Leader Tudor Evans and Plymouth RNLI Coxswain David Milford launch the second edition of the Book of Wonder

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 […]


United call for more devolved power from Westminster

Plymouth has joined forces with councils in Devon and Somerset to outline a case for more devolved powers from Westminster. Council leader Tudor Evans has signed a ‘Statement of Intent’ which is being submitted to the Government today (Friday) on behalf of public sector organisations across the Heart of the South West Local Economic Partnership […]


Cabinet member for Finance responds to the Summer Budget

Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet member for Finance, said: “As expected this was a brutal budget that will hit families, young people and Plymouth’s most vulnerable residents hardest.  “I’m particularly concerned about the ending of housing benefit for 18 to 21 year olds, which will affect more than 700 people in Plymouth.  “If these young people […]


Way to go! New map and information boards for Plymouth city centre and waterfront

Work is under way to install a network of new and improved map and information boards around Plymouth’s city centre and waterfront. The new wayfinding signs will make it easier for visitors and residents to navigate their way around Britain’s Ocean City by boat, bike, bus and foot, as well as showcase the city’s spectacular […]