News and Events for Local Businesses - July 2019

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Plymouth business news

July 2019


  • Plymouth Has Become First UK City to Join the Fab City Network 

  • Public Plaza to be Named After One of the Greatest Engineers

  • Oceansgate Summer Special Offer

  • Plymouth to Work with Music Venue Trust to Support Grassroots Music

Plymouth Has Become the First UK City to Join the Fab City Network

Fab City

The University of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council and the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) have agreed to commit efforts and resources towards producing all the energy, food and products they consume. They also intend to deploy spiral economy strategies for the relocalisation of production, and the technological empowerment of citizens. To find out more click here

Public Plaza to be Named after One of the Greatest Engineers

Brunel Plaza

Plymouth’s train travellers will be walking out of the station onto Brunel Plaza. The multi-million regeneration scheme proposed for the area around the station will be named after the great engineer, who was not only the chief engineer for the Great Western Railway, but also built the iconic Albert Bridge over the Tamar and Plymouth’s Millbay Docks. To find out more click here

Oceansgate Summer Special Offer


Oceansgate would like to let you know about their Summer Special Offer to any business that agrees to enter into a lease for office accommodation (subject to contract) by 1 September 2019 and then completes by 1 December 2019. 
 To find out more click here If you would be interested in taking advantage of this Summer Special Offer, please contact: Chelsea Parrott, Oceansgate Project Coordinator on 01752 305608.

Plymouth to Work with Music Venue Trust to Support Grassroots Music

Music Venue Trust

Following consultation with venues, promoters and musicians involved in the local music industry, the Council has teamed up with the Music Venue Trust to discuss and identify the problems faced in Plymouth and how to tackle them to support a thriving local music scene. To find out more click here

Box-Supported Project Wins Two National Awards


A community project which has been supported by The Box has won two national awards. ‘Maker Memories’ has been collecting stories and memories to help preserve the social history of Maker Camp on the Rame Peninsula. It’s already engaged with more than 16,000 people through a series of events and displays and reached nearly 250,000 people online. To find out more click here

Oceansgate Wins Regeneration Project of the Year Award


The Oceansgate team attended the Royal Institute of Surveyors Regional Awards in June, and were pleasantly surprised to be awarded Regeneration Project of the Year. This award honoured the exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas. The judges were looking for evidence to show that the scheme conserved or improved the built or natural environment in a way that contributed to the viability of the area, which they deemed Oceansgate has. The Judges said ‘Oceansgate is the first phase in an imaginative and ambitious regeneration of former MoD land’. They have now been entered into the national awards and will find out the results in October. To find out more click here

Celebrating the UK’S Tech Pioneers and Innovators

Go Tech awards 2

Our close collaboration with the UK’s leading business incubators, universities and technology associations makes the Go:Tech Awards a must-attend event for professionals, investors and entrepreneurs operating in the innovation space. From the CleanTech pioneers and tech start-ups, to the advanced engineering giants – the awards have been carefully structured to showcase businesses of all sizes across the whole of the UK. To find out more click here

Building Plymouth Win at the South West Built Environment Awards 2019

Building Awards

Celebrating regional excellence and best practice in construction, Building Plymouth won the ‘Image of Construction’ Award, at the South West Built Environment Awards held in Bristol on Friday 14 June 2019. Emma Hewitt and Edward Coley proudly accepted the Award on behalf of the Building Plymouth partnership. Building Plymouth will now go on to competing in the Constructing Excellence national finals in November, alongside Plymouth City Council who won Client of the Year Award. To find out more click here

The British Firework Championships Brings Dazzling Opportunities for Local Businesses


The British Firework Championships held in Plymouth each year is the UK’s most spectacular fireworks display. Over two summer evenings, six professional pyrotechnic companies compete against one another with their dazzling displays to the delight of excited crowds of over 100,000 people, on Plymouth Hoe.  If you are interested in raising your company profile or increasing your brand awareness to a local and national audience, we have many sponsorship and advertising opportunities available, including ‘Title Sponsor’, or advertising on our 60m LED screen, with prices starting from £500. If this is of interest, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Amanda Lee for more information: E:, T:  01752 304257. To find out more about sponsorship click here  To find out more about advertising options click here    

Plymouth Property Search


Are you looking for new business premises? Have you outgrown your current premises? PCC’s Economic Development Team has access to a property search tool and is able to produce property reports based on your search criteria. This can give you an insight into market availability and costs and provides contact details for you to follow up with the relevant agent. Contact the team at for more information. 

Plymouth’s Lifejacket Scheme Goes National


Plymouth’s trail blazing lifejacket scheme is to be rolled out across the country. Fishing crews based in Plymouth were all offered free E250 lifejackets with personal locator beacons, thanks to an innovative project set up by Plymouth City Council. Now the scheme will be rolled out in fishing ports up and down the country as part of the National Marine Safety Action Plan which is designed to help reduce loss of life and accidents within the local fishing industry.  To find out more click here

Large Mural Brings Colour and Customers to the West End  


Innovation and experience are the buzz words for High Street retailers at the moment as they try to win back customers from online players. And the same goes for the Plymouth City Centre Company. The company, which runs the city centre Business Improvement District, is working hard to improve the look and feel of the city centre, improve the welcome to visitors and brighten up the streetscape. To find out more click here

University of Plymouth STEM Graduates into Business

University of Plymouth

STEM Graduates into Business provides opportunities for recent graduates in science, technology, engineering and maths to undertake 6-12 month paid internships with Devon based, innovative small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).Run by the University of Plymouth but open to STEM graduates from any university, these internships are a great way to gain CV enhancing work experience and build industry contacts. To find out more click here

BEIS Business Growth and Support Workshop

Business Support

Officials from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy are keen to hear from Devon and Somerset SME owners and other business decision makers on a range of issues related to their ongoing success and growth. We would like to hear views on themes including the cost of doing business (e.g. complying with regulations), how entrepreneurs access the information and advice they need, and whether existing support mechanisms available to them, such as funding streams, are effective. To find out more click here

Millfields Trust Celebrates 20 Years of Business


The Millfields Trust celebrated their 20th Anniversary on 21 June with guests including Board Members, tenants past and present, stakeholders and friends of the Trust, all hosted by the Stonehouse Barracks. Roger Pipe, Chief Executive and Mandy Toze, Business Development Manager have been with the Trust from day one and were presented with gifts from the Board to say thank you for their long service. To find out more click here

Council Agrees New City Centre Conservation Area

Conservation map

More of Plymouth’s unique post-war architecture will enjoy more planning protection after Plymouth City Council approved plans for a new conservation area in the city centre. The new designation places Royal Parade and Civic Square at its heart of a new conservation area. To find out more click here

OfS Funding Extension Awarded to University of Plymouth Led Outreach Partnership


Following the success of Phase one, the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) has been extended for a further two academic years, with a new completion date of 31 July 2021.  As the partnership’s lead institution, the University of Plymouth (UoP) has been awarded £5.5 million, to support Phase two. As lead institute, UoP will act as a centre point for all regional outreach work, ensuring schools and colleges are able to access transparent and impartial HE outreach from a variety of providers. To find out more click here

LEP Board Vacancies - Chair and 2 Directors


The LEP is now seeking a new Chair and two new Board Directors from the private or social enterprise sector, to lead and shape the strategies that will deliver our mission.
The closing date for applications is the 31st July 2019.
 For more information and to apply for the Chair’s role, please click here. To apply for a Board Director role, please click here  

What’s the Local Industrial Strategy (LIS) and Why is It Important to Business?


Business & Stakeholder events - this is an opportunity for the LEP’s wider Business & Stakeholder community to further engage with the working draft of the Local Industrial Strategy (otherwise known as the LIS).  The LIS is important, because it flags up to Govt. and others what we think are, our world class potential and high value industrial sectors. There will be two events, one in Devon (1st Aug) click here  and one in Somerset (7th August) click here

More Businesses in Plymouth Accredited for Top Quality and Service

Alex Fry

Checks carried out by Plymouth City Council’s Trading Standards officers ensure that more businesses than ever are selling products safe for the public. Traditionally the Buy With Confidence scheme has been used to give peace of mind to people who need a builder, plumber or carpenter, however a wider variety of businesses are now seeing the benefits of signing up. To find out more click here

Masterplan for Plymouth Rail Station Unveiled

Masterplan rail

Plymouth’s rail commuters are getting the big picture of the city’s exciting plans to create a better welcome for rail passengers. A masterplan was on show at the station on Tuesday 2 July, to give a bird’s eye view of what buildings could be going up, what’s coming down and how this vital entrance to Plymouth could look in the future. To find out more click here

Fraud Prevention Advice

Fraud prevention advice

The Little Book of Big Scams offers fraud prevention advice to safeguard your business against fraudulent acts whilst complying with the law and relevant regulations. This advice is for small and medium enterprises but is as relevant to individuals as to larger organisations. To find out more click here

Digital Marketing Bootcamp

Fiona newsletter

Are you based in Plymouth* and looking to bring new focus and strategy to your digital marketing for your small to medium sized business? This high impact day of practical training will give you all the essential tools and techniques to reboot your digital marketing activities and create a more robust plan for 2019. These events are on Wednesday 21 August & Thursday 26 September. To find out more and register for 21 August click here. To find out more and register for 26 September click here

To Help Your Business Prepare for EU Exit


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 Business


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


The voucher scheme has been changed from £3,000 to £2,500.

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


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Business Events

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

Funding Options

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

Business Awarsd

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

Business Support

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 click here for Start-ups.


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

Plymotion 325

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

Property to rent or buy

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

Property to Rent

77 Mutley Plain

Address: 77 Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6JJ

Size available: 497 sq ft, rent £21,000 per annum

To find out more contact the agents: Stratton Creber Commercial - Gavin Sagar 01752 907512