News and Events for Local Businesses - October 2019

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Plymouth business news

October 2019


  • City Centre Revamp Approved

  • Works Start on Next Phase of Plymouth's New Marine Development

  • Plymouth Startup Weekend, 15th - 17th November

  • The New Western Frontier Event

City Centre Revamp Approved

City Centre revamp

Plymouth’s shopping heartland is to get a new look as the city gears up for a new wave of visitors to come flocking in. Exciting plans to transform Old Town Street and the upper end of New George Street have now been given the green light by the city’s planners as Plymouth gets ready for the opening of not one, but two, major developments.

The countdown is now on for the opening of the £50 million Barcode complex with a 12 screen Cineworld cinema, 15 restaurants and bars, while next year, the Box, Plymouth’s epic new cultural attraction, which will house art galleries as well as museum exhibitions and archives collections will open. To find out more click here

Works Start on Next Phase of Plymouth's New Marine Development

Oceansgate Phase 2

Phase 2 of Oceansgate, Plymouth’s new marine Enterprise Zone, will now begin to take shape following a ground breaking ceremony on 1st October. Councillor Tudor Evans, Leader of Plymouth City Council, dug the first turf to mark the start of the build. Oceansgate is a key part of Plymouth’s plans to grow its flourishing marine sector and Phase 2 will see the creation of a new three story office building and 15 light industrial units, potentially creating up to 130 new jobs. To find out more click here

Plymouth Startup Weekend, 15th - 17th November


Do you have an idea and want to take it to the next level? Do you want to learn how to start a business? Plymouth Startup Weekend is back! Bringing together like-minded, entrepreneurial individuals and immersing them in a weekend of creativity and collaboration. This weekend is part of the exciting iMayflower Project and has been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund, which is administered by Arts Council England. To find out more click here  

The New Western Frontier Event

The Western Frontier

Would you like to attend an exciting event with The New Western Frontier to find out how the regional business community can create growth and deliver positive change? Find out about proven commercial opportunities, discussion and insight from business models, compelling case studies from startups, SMEs and information about the achievements of the Social Enterprise & Innovation Programme and individuals and enterprises it has supported. To register your place please click here 

Discover Your Potential with the UK’s Leading Growth Programmes

Tech nationa

Tech Nation are delighted to launch applications for three of their most established and renowned growth programmes: Rising Stars, Upscale and Future Fifty.  Rising Stars provides a prize package to significantly raise the profile and awareness of the winning companies on both a national and international level, you’ll also be given the opportunity to connect with top investors, influencers and corporates along the way. Upscale 5.0 supports the UK’s fastest-growing tech companies to scale faster, together. Future Fifty: aims to deliver a programme that enables you to develop your leadership skills, learn from others in the Future Fifty community, and apply those learnings in your workplace straight away.

Christmas in Plymouth Campaign


Following the success of our Summer In Plymouth campaign, we are pleased to announce that we will be launching our Christmas in Plymouth campaign which will run from 1 November to 31 December 2019. The cost of taking part in this campaign activity is £500+ vat. As we only have a limited number of campaign slots available please contact as soon as possible to find out more and to reserve your place, so we can ensure your business gets maximum coverage from the launch of the campaign.

HMRC Allocates EORI Numbers to All Possible Traders

Brexit EORI

As many traders as possible will be automatically allocated an EORI number to enable them to trade smoothly once the UK leaves the EU on 31 October. Every business will need an EORI number to move goods into or out of the EU after Brexit. HMRC is sending letters to all possible VAT-registered businesses over the next two weeks to advise them of their assigned UK EORI number. If your business is not VAT-registered, you still need to register for an EORI number. Getting an EORI number is an easy process that takes 5-10 minutes. Get started here

Customs Grant Schemes

Brexit customs

On 31st October 2019 the UK will leave the European Union. Businesses will have to apply the same customs rules to goods moving between the EU and UK as they would for the rest of the world.  As a result, HMRC is investing a further £16 million in its grant programme to fund employee training and IT improvements for customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers that make customs declarations. Businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK can apply for one or both grants.

From 1st October Wave 3 of the Customs Grant Schemes will open, which sees an additional £10 million being invested to help customs intermediaries with the costs associated with recruitment of key personnel in preparation for Brexit. Applications will close on 31st January 2020 (or earlier if funding is fully allocated). To find out more click here

Project and Engagement Manager - Creative England

Creative England

An exciting opportunity to get involved with the exciting iMayflower Project has come up. Creative England are recruiting for a Project and Engagement Manager to deliver their Business Support Programme, working with creative and immersive businesses to deliver business growth. It’s a great time to be involved in this interesting sector and be part of something which will have a lasting legacy.  To find out more about Creative England click here. For job description and to apply please contact . Deadline for applications is on 16 October, so please do forward your CV and cover letter asap!

City College Plymouth Festival of Research, Friday 15th November

Festival of research

In the Festival of Research our final year foundation degree students will be showcasing their ideas, research and designs for the autonomous power boats that will be raced in a series of challenges at the end of the academic year. To find out more and to book a place click here

Ignite Festival of Creativity Producer Recruitment


Are you looking for a new and exciting role. As part of the iMayflower Project, this is another exciting opportunity to work with two amazing, well respected Academic Institutions to deliver a wonderful annual cultural and creative festival, celebrating the amazing graduate talent in Plymouth. To find out more click here

Mayflower 400 Workshop for Medium to Large Businesses

Myflower 400

Mayflower 400 workshop will help businesses creatively  identify ways to engage and connect with the Mayflower 400 programme for the benefit of their organisation.  Workshop will take place on Thursday 21 November 2019 at Boringdon Park Golf Club, Plymouth. To find out more click here

DATA Play 10 – Past, Present and Future

Data play

The event will take place on Friday 1 November 2019, 9.30am to 4.30pm, at Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth. DATA Play is about working with local talent and tech companies to explore how open data and technology can be used to help us deliver services in new ways. You can play with data as a team, meet people on the day or experiment on your own – whatever works for you! It's free to join, so whatever you're good at - coding, analysis, mapping, graphics, thinking – come along and join in the fun! To find out more and to book click here

City College Plymouth - Vacancy

City College

City College Plymouth is looking for dynamic, innovative, strategic thinkers who are seeking to broaden their horizons, contribute to a thriving, outstanding College environment and be part of a group of 18 Governors who have a passion for education and enriching the lives of our students and community we serve. To find out more and to apply 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. 

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

Mutley property

Address: 34 Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6LD. Size available: 984 sq ft, rent £14,504.16 per annum.

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