News and Events for Local Businesses - November-December 2019

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Plymouth business news

November - December  2019


  • Babcock on Board as New Mayflower 400 Sponsor

  • Plymouth Waterfront Wins Special Recognition Award

  • Let's Get Talking about Mayflower 400 Events

  • Turnchapel Wharf Open New Marine Enterprise Units

Babcock on Board as New Mayflower 400 Sponsor

Mayflower 400

Babcock has been announced as a national sponsor for the Mayflower 400 programme, and title sponsor for Mayflower Week in September 2020, which commemorates the historic journey of the Mayflower, the Pilgrims, passengers and crew to North America. To find out more click here

Plymouth Waterfront wins Special Recognition Award

Waterfront win

Plymouth Waterfront’s Business Improvement District (BID) has won a national Special Recognition Award from British BIDs. The special recognition was awarded to the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership for its efforts in reducing single-use plastics in partnership with local businesses and organisations including Environment Plymouth, Plymouth City Council, the National Marine Aquarium, the University of Plymouth and others during 2018.  To find out more click here

Let’s Get Talking about Mayflower 400 Events

Mayflower 400

Wondering what’s happening in 2020 and want to tell your customers about Plymouth’s exciting year of events? The Mayflower 400 marketing team can provide your business with table talkers so your customers can find out more about Plymouth’s offering as part of the commemorative year. Great to display in restaurants, reception spaces, counters and anywhere that makes a great talking point, simply contact us and let us know how many table talkers you would like. There are a number of sponsorship opportunities throughout 2020 for businesses to harness benefit from the exciting programme and high number of visitors expected at major events across the year. To find out more about available opportunities contact Amanda Lee ( or Sarah Walters ( For the latest and most up to date information, click here to visit the Mayflower 400 website and follow @mayflower400UK on social media. 

Turnchapel Wharf Open New Marine Enterprise Units

Turnchapel Wharf

Plymouth’s maritime business park, Turnchapel Wharf, has opened five new marine enterprise units providing workshop and office space for a variety of local companies. Under the ownership of Yacht Havens Group since 2014, Turnchapel Wharf has been transformed from an ex-Ministry of Defence site into a thriving waterfront business hub. To find out more click here

Babcock Wins £1bn Submarine Contract with Royal Australian Navy


12 Attack class submarines are to be designed and built for the Australian Navy. Babcock's role is expected to be worth around £1billion over the lifetime of the programme. Work on the design will begin immediately. While the preliminary design phase of the weapons system will commence in Bristol, this work will initiate a transfer of skills and intellectual property to Babcock's Australian business, which will act as the Engineering Design Authority for the project. To find out more click here

BluescreenIT win CompTIA’s Newest National #CertifiedApprentice ‘Apprenticeship Champion’ Award


Launched for the first time at CompTIA’s EMEA conference at the Park Plaza Hotel on 1st October. The ‘Apprenticeship Champion’ award was presented to BluescreenIT for their creative marketing contribution to the industry recognised #CertifiedApprentice national apprenticeship campaign, which received over 60,000 social media views. A surprising feat for the locally based business to come out on top against some of the country’s biggest London based international IT training providers involved. To find out more click here

Plymouth Company Sponge Joins Forces to Power Up Digital Learning

Plymouth Sponge

Award-winning custom digital learning company, Sponge, has been acquired by Aliter Capital to form part of the private equity firm’s corporate training group. The PSP-based workplace learning provider will play a strategic role in supporting Aliter’s goal to establish a major new force in the learning technology market. Under Aliter’s wing, the powerful partnership enables Sponge to strengthen and extend its digital learning portfolio to better serve its existing clients – some of the world’s largest brands. To find out more click here

Pro Digital Data Pathway Learning Programme

Pro Digital Date Pathway

In partnership with the Learning People, Digital Momentum is offering 35 people the unique opportunity to join the Pro Digital Data Pathway; an online learning programme for people looking to advance their career in a digital environment. Your bespoke learning pathway will cover module content including: Data Science,  AI & Machine Learning, Python, Digital Transformation, and Business Readiness. To find out more click here

Plymouth Digital Skills Agenda Roundtable

Digital Skills Partnership

We are delighted to invite business and training providers interested in workforce development of digital and tech skills to this Digital Skills Partnership, interactive event hosted by Plessey in Plymouth. Held on Wednesday, 11th December 2019. To find out more click here

Plymouth Crowd Helps City Win International Prize


We’ve done it! Plymouth has won the Cities of Service Engaged Cities Award. Cities of Service announced today at CityLab DC Plymouth as one of three winners of the Engaged Cities Award. The award recognises cutting-edge techniques to engage residents to solve problems. Plymouth was recognised for demonstrating leadership in citizen engagement, working with their residents to develop and implement bold, new strategies that address long-standing challenges. To find out more click here

South West Economy Predicted to Outperform Weak UK Growth in 2020

Plymouth centre

The South West economy is predicted to be one of the UK’s success stories in 2020 – but in the context that the country’s growth will be weak due to Brexit and trade wars. PwC’s latest UK Economic Outlook crystal ball says growth in the South West will be among the highest of all the UK regions next year. To find more click here 

South West Creative Technology Network is Recruiting for 24 Data Fellows

Fellows DATA

This is a flexible, part-time and paid opportunity for people from industry, academia, as well as those in the early stages of their careers who are interested in the future of Data. This is a unique and exciting chance to step back from commercial, academic or career pressures, and focus on new and innovative areas of research, exploration and collaboration. Each Fellow receives £12k. Deadline for applications: 9th December 2019. To find more click here

Economic Development Team Profile


Our Economic Development team work on a wide range of projects, covering multiple sectors. In the first of our profile pieces, we’re shining a light on Tracey Beeck our iMayflower Project Manager and the work that she’s doing with the creative economy. To read Tracey's profile click here   In  the second of our profile pieces, we’re talking about David Lea, one of the Senior Economic Development officers and the work he does with some of Plymouth's sectors.  To read David's profile click here 

Key Development Sites on the Invest Plymouth Website


Seeing key development opportunities in Plymouth is now easier than ever with the recent development of the Invest Plymouth website. Development sites across the city can now be easily viewed in the Key Development section of the website. You can search by location, type of development or view all sites on a map. This development, working alongside the Planning and Infrastructure team within Plymouth City Council provides a more joined up way of promoting growth opportunities and activities within the city. To find out more and view the Key Development sites 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

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.

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

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.


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Business Awarsd

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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.


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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