News and Events for Local Businesses - February 2019

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Plymouth business news

February 2019


  • DfT confirms £22.56m investment in Forder Valley Link Road

  • iMayflower project given £2.4 million funding boost

  • UK businesses urged to register for continued Horizon 2020 research funding 

  • Lang & Potter - Marine Business Expanding into Oceansgate and Hearder Court

  • £2 million investment to help small businesses to grow

DfT confirms £22.56m investment in Forder Valley Link Road

Forder Valley

We’re celebrating news that a £22.56 million investment earmarked for the Forder Valley Link Road has been confirmed by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The business case for the scheme, which will create a much-needed second route between the A38 and Derriford avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout, has now been approved. To find out more click here

iMayflower project given £2.4 million funding boost

iMayflower Boost

A huge boost has been given to Plymouth’s iMayflower project, which now has funding totalling around £6 million thanks to an additional £2.4 million in match funding from the project’s delivery partners. To find out more click here

UK businesses urged to register for continued Horizon 2020 research funding

Horizon 2020

Government urges businesses benefitting from Horizon 2020 research funding urged to register their details on an online portal.

The government’s online portal was launched in September 2018 after the government announced it would guarantee all successful UK funding bids submitted by public and private organisations before Brexit, including the EU’s Horizon 2020 research programme. To find out more click here.

Help us balance Plymouth’s budget

PCC Budget

Plymouth City Council would like to hear your views and ideas as we make decisions to set a balanced budget for the 2019/20 financial year. As key partners, the organisations in the Business and voluntary and community sectors play a very important part and contribute to the successes of the city. As a Local Authority, we are facing big challenges as our funding continues to reduce each year while demand for services is rising. 

We have described the way in which we’re tackling the challenges on our web site, the link is attached. We’d really like to hear your views about this approach and offer you the opportunity to contribute to this process. You can give your views by emailing:

£2 million investment to help small businesses to grow


Britain is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business, according to a government review. 

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Innovate UK have up to £2 million to prove and test ideas that enable small businesses to become more productive. For more information and how to apply, click here.

Lang & Potter - Marine Business Expanding into Oceansgate and Hearder Court

Lang & Potter

Plymouth-based manufacturing business, Lang & Potter, is expanding to take units at Plymouth City Council’s new developments, Oceansgate in South Yard, Devonport and Hearder Court at Langage Science Park. To find out more click here

Attracting the Brightest Talent

Careers & Employ Hub

The University of Plymouth's 2018–19 Attracting the Brightest Talent employer brochure highlights the many opportunities the Careers & Employability Service provide to bring industry professionals onto our campus, who are looking to recruit the best in their industry. To find out more click here.

Grants and Support - Innovation in Healthy Ageing

Healthy Ageing

Innovation in Healthy Ageing is part funded by European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The project has been designed to stimulate business growth through innovation. The programme will use the challenges of an ageing population as a catalyst for growth. To find out more click here

Seizing Export Opportunities in the Year of the Pig (Plymouth) - event

China Britain

Chinese consumers are looking for better education and healthcare, more interesting life experiences, eclectic food and drink, and creative and high-quality design. The opportunities are very real, and companies that take the time to consider how to approach the China market can be very successful. To find out more click here

GetSet for Growth - Exciting Free Events

Getset for Growth

Are you based in Plymouth and looking to bring new focus and strategy to your digital marketing for your small to medium sized business? To find out more and to register click here

GetSet for Growth are also holding a Business Growth Workshop which will cover the personal and business challenges you are likely to face. To find out more and to register click here

Nominations for the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards are now Open


SEOTY is a national competition which recognises and promotes the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who effectively combine part-time work (20 hours or less) with their study commitments.
If you employ a University of Plymouth Student part time and value the contribution they have made please click here to submit your nomination. Nominations will close on Friday 29th March 2019.

South West How's Tourism Business Survey - January


To help the South West Tourism Alliance collate up-to-date feedback on how the tourism industry in the South West is performing, we would be grateful if you could take a few minutes to answer the following series of questions by clicking here

To help Your Business Prepare for EU Exit

Prepare Your Business

We have a lot of useful information on our Invest Plymouth website to guide you in preparing for EU Exit. There is a helpful Government toolkit and latest publications. HMRC latest letter and sector factsheets. We also have advice from the Growth Hub and EEF - The Manufacturers organisation. To find out more click here

Support for Scale-up Businesses

The Growth Hub

A wealth of fully funded (yes free!), specialist support is available to businesses in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay with aspirations to become the ScaleUp businesses of tomorrow.

We have categorised this support by the main challenges facing ScaleUp and aspiring ScaleUp businesses. To find out more click here

Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)


Attending overseas trade shows can promote your business overseas. Exporters can attend TAP's selected events, and get financial support to offset some costs. To find out more click here

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Gigabit Vouchers

The voucher scheme has been changed from £3000 to £2500.

If you are a small or medium sized business, you may be able to get a gigabit voucher worth up to £2500 to upgrade your business broadband to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit capable infrastructure. Deadline: March 2021. Find out more click here.

Join Co-cars and Enjoy Great Value Car Hire by the Hour or Day!


Co-cars has a network of zero/low emission cars across the South West, all of which are bookable 24/7 using smartphone technology and can be hired by the hour or day for a fraction of the cost of owning or leasing.To find out more, click here

Business Relationship Programme

Whether you are just starting out, or an established business looking for practical business advice, we are offering free one hour business information, advice and guidance sessions for business owners looking to grow. To find out more and to book, please email

Inv Plym

Please visit our Invest Plymouth website for some more exciting business news articles here.

Linked in

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To find out more about the exciting business events coming up soon click here


Find out more about all the funding options available to your business, click here


Winning one of these prestigious awards in front of your industry peers can be a major boost for your company's profile. To find out more, click here

Bus Support guide

To make the process of finding appropriate support easier for businesses in the city, Plymouth City Council Economic Development Service produce and maintain two booklets focussed on helping start ups and existing businesses to find support locally available. Please click here for Existing businesses and here for Start-ups.

Advice and Support

Business help, advice and guidance in growing and exporting your business. To find out more, click here


Free Adult Cycle Training , cycle groups and Walk and Talk. Plymotion is working with companies to promote sustainable travel and encourage staff to be more active on their journey to work. Have a look at our web pages and our latest business newsletter which you can find here.


Plymouth City Council Property to Rent or Buy

Plymouth City Council Property to Rent or Buy

Please follow this link to find Plymouth City Council owned land and property to rent or buy here.


Property to Rent

34 Mutley Plain

Size:  984 sq ft, Rent £14,500 per annum term negotiable

Address:  34 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6LD
To find out more, please email the agents: 

Stratton Creber Commercial
Gavin Sagar

01752 907512