News and Events for Local Businesses - August 2019

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Plymouth business news

August 2019


  • Brexit Preparation - Register for EORI Number 

  • Plymouth Set to Become One of the UK's First Cities of Learning

  • Automation Prototypes: Invitation to Apply

  • Contract to Be Awarded for Second Phase of Oceansgate 

Brexit Preparation - Register for EORI Number


All businesses that import or export goods to or from the UK need to register for an Economic Operator Registration Identification (EORI) number if there is a no deal Brexit. If you do not get one, you may have increased costs and delays.

To find out more and to register click here

Plymouth Set to Become One of the UK's First Cities of Learning


An exciting project to turn Plymouth into a digital learning campus gets underway later this year. The City Council has worked with the Real Ideas Organisation (RIO) on a successful bid to the Royal Society for Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (RSA) to become one of the first UK ‘Cities of Learning’. The project will bring together local businesses, organisations, networks and communities across Plymouth to develop learning opportunities for use on a digital platform. To find out more click here

Automation Prototypes: Invitation to Apply


We are looking to invest in prototypes that use creative technologies to deliver original processes, experiences, products, services or platforms within the field of automation. We are looking to fund ideas that are brave and distinctive, that open up the field of automation to new voices and challenge the status quo within the field. We anticipate awarding grants of between £10k and £40k. Please read the full Automation Prototype call: Automation Prototypes: invitation to apply. Get in touch with Charlie Tapp, Producer at Kaleider ( if you have any questions or want to talk to us about your application. Deadline:  Monday 16 September 2019.

Contract to Be Awarded for Second Phase of Oceansgate

Oceansgate second phase

Oceansgate, the new home of marine enterprise in Plymouth and a key player in the city’s role as a maritime powerhouse, is taking another step forward with work on Phase 2 of the development starting shortly. The contract for the construction of Oceansgate’s second phase is set to be awarded to Kier, following a delegated decision being signed off today by Plymouth City Council. Oceansgate has transformed disused MOD land in South Yard, Devonport, into a marine Enterprise Zone and thriving business development. 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.

Partners Launch New Plastics Code of Conduct

Plastic code of conduct

A new code of conduct to help businesses, community organisations and individuals cut down on single use plastics has been launched by partners in Plymouth. The Plan for Plastics Code of Conduct was launched jointly by members of the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plastics Taskforce and Devon and Plymouth Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber’s City Conversations event. It follows the news last month that Plymouth is the largest UK city to be awarded Plastic Free City status by Surfers Against Sewage. To find out more click here

25th Anniversary Ceremony - Kawasaki Precision Machinery UK (KPM UK)

Kawasaki ceremony

Welcomes International Guests to Mark 25 years since its acquisition of the Plymouth manufacturing site. The vast Ernesettle manufacturing plant situated on the banks of the River Tamar, employs nearly 300 staff and was proud to welcome Senior Executives from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.Japan (KHI) and also local business partners. In 1994 KPM UK was formed as a stand-alone subsidiary of the Kawasaki Precision Machinery Group and it is its only manufacturing base in Europe.  Guests were then invited to attend Elliot Terrace for the afternoon, hosted by Plymouth City Council.  A welcome speech and presentation on Plymouth was given by Councillor Tudor Evans OBE, followed by a very insightful presentation from Tracey Lee (Chief Executive PCC) about manufacturing in Plymouth and KPM UK’s significant contribution to it, for example that the company contributed £24.8m GVA in 2018 and represents 8% of Plymouth’s entire export. To find out more click here

New Chief Executive to Lead Plymouth's Art and Culture Growth


Hannah Harris has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of Plymouth Culture, Plymouth’s Arts and Culture Development Agency. Hannah joins Plymouth Culture from her role as Director of Development at Plymouth College of Art. In this role she initiated numerous partnership projects, both nationally and internationally, focusing on arts education, talent development and business start-ups within the creative industries. Hannah has a background in business development and cultural management and has worked in the community, public and private sectors. To find out more click here

Grassroots Music Venues across Plymouth Unite to Create Fightback Plymouth


We are proud to be working with Music Venue Trust to support and develop live music in Plymouth and are excited to announce more details about Fightback Plymouth.
Fightback Plymouth is a two-week celebration of Plymouth’s vital grassroots music venues that will take place 13 to 28 September. The campaign will encourage audiences to visit their local music venues and promote Plymouth’s emerging and existing musical talent, with live music every day throughout the festival at a whole range of venues right across the city. To find out more click here

UK Seafood Innovations Fund

Fishing Industry

We are looking for local businesses that could benefit from the call for applications from the UK Seafood Innovations Fund. The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) is an Executive Agency of Defra. Cefas are administering the Seafood Innovation Fund (SIF) on behalf of Defra. Cefas will run several calls totalling £10M throughout the 3-year programme (ending March 2022).
The first call of £4M opens on Friday 19th July and closes on Thursday 12th September. There are two options for applications, either smaller feasibility studies of up to £50k, or larger full R&D projects up to £250k. Feasibility studies are designed to test new ideas and can be up to 3 months. Full R&D projects are for more developed ideas that can be delivered in up to 18 months. Feasibility studies will be expected to apply for full R&D funding following a successful outcome in the feasibility stage. To find out more and to apply click here

Plymouth’s Marine Tech Expo Returning in 2020


Plymouth’s Marine Tech Expo will return to the city from 30 June to 3 July 2020, as part of the Mayflower 400 programme of events. This four day expo offers a platform to showcase, network and collaborate with the world class marine technology sector that exists in the South West. The event will also offer the opportunity for attendees to view in- and on-water live demonstrations, both at the expo and out in Plymouth Sound, coordinated by the Future Autonomous at Sea Technologies (FAST) Cluster. To find out more click here

Primary Authority

Primary Authority

Primary Authority is a means for businesses to receive assured and tailored advice on meeting environmental health, trading standards and licensing requirements through a single point of contact.  Primary Authority is based on legal partnerships between businesses and individual local authorities.  Providing a business follows the advice given they have protection against enforcement action from another authority.  The Primary Authority charges for the work undertaken and advice given to the business on a cost-recovery basis. Primary Authority offers significant benefits to businesses. If you want to speak to someone at Plymouth City Council regarding the scheme then please contact the Public Protection Service on 01752 304147. For more information click here 

Industry Day with BABCOCK: Meet the Buyer


Aimed at local consultants, contractors and subcontractors our event will cover: Building Babcock, The Plan for Procurement (how SMEs can get involved), Outcome led procurement for local Skills and Employment/ Social Value, Q&A / discussion. Date: Monday, 9 September 2019, 1.30pm – 4pm. To find out and to register click here

Nuclear South West Showcase and Conference - 2nd and 3rd October 2019


This event is a unique chance to connect with existing opportunities in the UK nuclear sector, showcase your capabilities to potential customers and learn about the future direction of nuclear in the UK. There continues to be huge opportunities for UK and international companies that want to be part of the UK nuclear supply chain, many of which are located in the South West of England.  To find out more click here

Buy with Confidence

Trading Standards

In response to concerns about ‘rogue traders’ and in order to provide support for consumers and good businesses, Plymouth City Council Trading Standards started running Buy with Confidence (BWC) in the City in 2010.   The national scheme is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year.  The scheme provides consumers with a list of local businesses which have given their commitment to trading fairly. Good businesses benefit from being able to state ‘Trading Standards Approved’.  For a list of benefits for your business and to make an application go to: To find out more 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. 

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. 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.

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

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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