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Plymouth business news

21 January 2021

An update on business grants

Further to our update on business grants earlier this week, Plymouth City Council can confirm that the first tranche of businesses will receive an email today (Thursday 21 January) providing details of their automatic grant payment, which will be received into business bank accounts early next week.

This means that approximately 820 businesses will be contacted today, with grant payments totalling £5.3million being made by Plymouth City Council to local businesses this week.

We have identified a number of businesses who we believe to be eligible, but require additional checks before automated payment can be confirmed.

If you received a November lockdown LRSG grant for your business, and do not receive an email from Plymouth City Council today, we hope to be in touch with you within the next working week to check or confirm details with you.

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Extraordinary programme delivered in difficult times

Huge projects which have created hundreds of jobs, some much-needed joy and a sense of a city going places were delivered in the last 12 months – despite the global pandemic.

Councillor Tudor Evans gave the city’s budget scrutiny committee the full rundown of incredible schemes that have happened in 2020. He said: “Last year I sat in front of this very panel and promised a big year for Plymouth with Mayflower 400 ahead of us. No one in the room could have possibly foreseen that terrible impact of Covid19.

“In spite of terrible difficulties we have delivered an extraordinary programme for Plymouth in 2020. Perhaps as big as we ever have. By always working on our five year pipeline this also means that we can better weather economic shocks.”

The Council stepped up to support businesses severely affected by COVID and lockdown. As well as becoming the trusted place for information and support, it has so far paid out over £52m in business grants to over 7,000 businesses.

It also set out a recovery framework to protect our economy and grow back better, the Resurgam Progamme. Despite tiers and lockdowns, the programme has already notched up some key successes.

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iMayflower: Powering up Plymouth’s Creative Digital Economy

iMayflower is helping Plymouth shout about its culture and creativity offer; develop a long term, sustainable legacy; and provide skills and learning opportunities through events and community engagement. It is also supporting creative sector businesses to become more visible on an international stage.

The project involves working with partners across the city who are developing digital technology – this includes 3-D printing, virtual reality, or immersive technology – all of which help the city expand its expertise in advanced manufacturing, robotics, and digital making.

iMayflower’s array of programmes, activities and events are now more accessible with the arrival of its very own website. Here you will find opportunities to:

  • Expand your business by receiving mentoring, support, product development and knowledge exchange.
  • Enhance your capabilities with schemes designed to improve your skills in the likes of business, immersive technology and digital fabrication.
  • Be inspired as the array of events will help you see Plymouth and the talent we possess in a new light.

It’s an incredibly exciting time for Plymouth’s creative scene so whether you are a local business, student, or enthusiast… iMayflower is confident they have something for you.

Find out how the project can benefit you and your network on the iMayflower website below.

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'Geddon' board with new promo opportunities

Our #GeddonPlymouth shop local campaign is growing! And we’re looking for more city businesses to “geddon” board. The campaign was launched in 2020 to help small businesses continue to reach their customers and discover new ones during the COVID restrictions. It’s been a huge success. Retail, food & drink, arts & crafts, home & gifts, and services have all benefited, while customers have been able to carry on supporting independent local businesses.

But now, we want to do even more to help businesses thrive and customers to shop safely. Which is why we’re shouting out to small businesses in Plymouth that have an online offering to join in.

What we need you to do 

Come up with a special deal for your customers and set up a ‘GEDDONPLYMOUTH’ discount code on your website or food delivery app. It can be anything from money off, free delivery, bonus sample, whatever matches your business. 

What we’ll do for you

We’ll share your GeddonPlymouth deal across social media and on our Shop4Plymouth website, where you’ll be included in our Hall of Fame of local businesses. Our team will shout from the rooftops about the amazing places where GeddonPlymouth code gives you a reward for shopping online with locals.

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New financial support for the UK’s fishing businesses that export to the EU

Seafood exporters across the UK will receive government funding of up to £23 million, to support businesses which have been most adversely affected by the COVID pandemic and the challenges of adjusting to new requirements for exporting.

This is in recognition of the unique circumstances of the fishing sector, which has had the most significant new requirements to adjust to, and for whom even a short delay can lead to goods perishing - at a time when the industry is facing lower market prices and demand due to the pandemic.

The fund will be targeted at fishing export businesses who can evidence a genuine loss in exporting fish and shellfish to the EU. Support will be available immediately and paid retrospectively to cover losses incurred since 1 January 2021. The scheme will be targeted at small and medium enterprises and the maximum claim available to individual operators will be £100,000.

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Virtual events/webinars

For further information on the latest events, visit Invest Plymouth's event page.

If you have a Plymouth event you'd like promoted, you can submit your own events here


Meet the Marketing Expert – How to do more with less

Meet the Expert Business Support Programme | Mon 25 & Wed 27 January, 10am

As we move into 2021 now is the ideal time to carry out or review your marketing strategy plans for the year ahead. 

We will be holding two FREE Interactive business advice workshop on how to do more with less to help support your business growth aspirations.  The workshop will cover practical tools and tips that you can take away and implement within the workplace. 

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Money Sense Online Workshop

Get Set for Growth | Wednesday 27 January, 9.30am to 12.30pm

This workshop is designed to help provide you with practical skills and approaches to successfully raise finance for your business.

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Meet the Expert – Social Media Masterclass

Meet the Expert Business Support Programme | Tue 2 & Thurs 4 February, 11.30am

The Social Media Masterclass will be delivered by Scott Grenney of Eddystone Media as part of the ‘Meet the Expert’ Business Support Programme and will offer practical advice and tools to boost your online business presence. The interactive workshops will be delivered over two sessions.

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Branding for Growth

Get Set for Growth | Friday 12 February, 10am to 1pm

This interactive workshop looks at the importance of your brand as the core part of a wider marketing growth strategy. We will cover all aspects of branding such as positioning, promise, personality and story to ensure your brand and niche is a winning combination for your business.

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