News and information for local businesses - 30 October 2020

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Plymouth business news

30 October 2020

Please find below an overview of the latest business news and guidance. In today's newsletter you will find news and updates on:

  • Resurgam sector action plans for recovery now live
  • A Covid-19 update from Public Health
  • Green travel grants available to local businesses
  • HMG launches Export Growth Plan to help businesses
  • Community businesses receive funding to grow green- 
  • University of Plymouth launches two new internship programmes
  • Virtual events and webinars

If you have any specific concerns or are in need of support, please contact us.

Resurgam sector action plans for recovery now live

Key sectors across the city are working to overcome the challenges that have been, and continue to be, thrown at them by Coronavirus. There are no easy answers and the consequences on businesses across all areas of the economy are challenging and far-reaching.

The launch this week of a suite of Resurgam sector action plans should be seen as the city council supporting the various sectors and the sectors themselves working together to help shape their futures. By working together, we hope to support our economy to be stronger in the longer term.

See the Sector Action Plans here, and click on each of the sector tiles to see the plan in full.

A Covid-19 update from Public Health

In case you missed our last newsletter, we shared an update from Plymouth City Council's Public Health team outlining actions needing to be taken to avoid Covid-19 Tier 2 Restrictions.

You can read the newsletter here 

Green travel grants available to local businesses

Capital grants of up to £25,000 are now available to local businesses for measures that help their staff travel more sustainably to, from and whilst at work.

The grants form part of the Plymouth City Council’s Productive Plymouth Programme for sustainable transport measures.  

The Workplace Travel Grants Scheme is making £750,000 available to local businesses to boost productivity through investing in infrastructure that helps employees travel sustainably.

Find out more here

HMG launches Export Growth Plan to help businesses

A package of measures to help businesses in England build back better following the pandemic has been announced by the Government.

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Export Growth Plan provides additional financial support and expertise, some of which is targeted towards specific regions that are most in need.

The plan includes a £38 million Internationalisation Fund for small businesses, which will help up to 7,600 SMEs in England grow their overseas trading and strengthen their business.

Additional support for exporters will be provided by 64 new International Trade Advisors (ITAs), many of them working closely with Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), who will lend their expertise to small businesses in the Northern Powerhouse, Midlands Engine and South West.

Find out more here

Community businesses receive funding to grow green

Several Devonport and Stonehouse community businesses have been awarded a share of £50,000 to help restore nature and connect communities with Plymouth’s green spaces, as part of the Green Minds project.

Grant winners will each receive up to €10,000 and will work with project partners, Real Ideas, to deliver their business proposals and bring long term benefits to people and environment.

Find out more here

University of Plymouth launches new virtual internships

The University of Plymouth has launched two new internship programmes connecting talented students with UK businesses. The schemes aim to support businesses through the economic recovery period with industry-ready interns.

Both programmes are part of the iMayflower project and have been supported by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who fund the Cultural Development Fund administered by Arts Council England.

Find out more here

Virtual events and webinars

For further information on the latest events, or to upload and promote yours, visit Invest Plymouth's event page.

You can also submit your own events here


National Careers Service Workshops

National Career Service | 3, 4,10, 11, 12 November

A series of free online workshops are being offered to those over 18, with 50 places for each workshop available, so book today to ensure your space.


Be the Business Support Programme for Tourism and Hospitality Businesses

Be the Business | 3, 10, 17 and 24 November

A reminder to sign up to the free ‘Be the Business’ Support Programme for Tourism and Hospitality Businesses across Torbay, Plymouth, Devon and Somerset.

Now is the time to access this FREE programme which runs until December and includes 1-2-1 business surgeries, peer to peer groups and online masterclasses (weekly every Tuesday). Designed to support Covid-19 recovery and improve resilience for the future. Find out more here>

Book your place on to the next masterclass:

  • Tues 3 Nov ‘Customer journey part 2: New world, new rules’. Get help with mapping your customers' journey, see how you can enable your staff to turn a bad experience into a good one and learn what it’s like launching a business post-coronavirus.
  • Tues 10 Nov ‘Getting to know your revenue streams: who are your customers really?’ Understand the importance of customer profiling and develop greater insight into revenue streams.
  • Tues 17 Nov ‘Market mapping and competitive collaboration: Rebuilding our economy together’ Get advice and guidance to support your use of market mapping to plot your market position. Discover who your competitors and your complementors are and how to see collaboration opportunities
  • Tues 24 Nov, ‘It's not you, it's me: Understanding personality types and the rise of Gen Z’. Access insight on how to get the best out of your staff, understand who Gen Zs are and what motivates them.

Find out more here


Learn, develop and grow your skills in key areas of international business

International Trade Matters | 9, 12, 18 and 19 November

International Trade Matters is delighted to be providing a series of Masterclasses covering various topics within International Trade over the coming months.

These online, half day courses will build on your existing knowledge, giving you the knowhow, tools and processes to further develop your skill set when dealing in a global marketplace.

Subjects include; Incoterms 2020, Accessing New Markets, International Public Relations, Documentation and Marketing Strategy

Find out more here


Plymouth Startup Weekend

Techstars/University of Plymouth | 13 to 15 November

Do you have an idea for a new product, service or experience that you're looking to take to the next level? Do you want to learn how to start a business? Plymouth Startup Weekend is back - virtually!

Find out more here


Plymouth Startup Week

The Bridge, University of Plymouth | 16 to 20 November

The University’s enterprise initiative, The Bridge, have organised a week full of insightful online talks and workshops for emerging entrepreneurs and startups as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

Find out more here



The Bridge, University of Plymouth | Friday 20 November, 9.30am to 5pm

Creativity is a key source of growth and productivity for the UK economy. Attend for a day of insightful discussions and virtual networking with key stakeholders from the creative and cultural industries, Higher Education and Arts Council England as the opportunities and challenges of working across traditional boundaries are explored.

Find out more here


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