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Plymouth business news

14 May 2021

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

  • Next step of the roadmap out of lockdown confirmed
  • SailGP downloads for your business
  • English Tourism Week 2021
  • Customer notice posters for shops and hospitality outlets
  • Letter to Hotels and B&Bs
  • Latest news from Smart Citizens
  • Is your business planning for Thank You Day?
  • Virtual events/webinars

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

Next step of the roadmap out of lockdown confirmed

From Monday 17 May, most businesses in all but the highest risk sectors will be able to reopen. In all sectors, COVID-Secure guidance will remain in place and businesses may not cater for groups bigger than the legal limits. Indoor hospitality will reopen - and as in Step 2, venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks; nor will there be a curfew. Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated.

Other indoor locations to open up in Step 3 include indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas and children’s play areas; the rest of the accommodation sector, including hotels, hostels and B&Bs; and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes. The government will also allow some larger performances and sporting events in indoor venues with a capacity of 1,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number), and in outdoor venues with a capacity of 4,000 people or half-full (whichever is a lower number). In the largest outdoor seated venues, where crowds can be spread out, up to 10,000 people will be able to attend (or a quarter-full, whichever is lower).

COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Hotels and B&Bs

As hotels and B&Bs get the green light to reopen from 17 May 2021, we are writing to you to ensure that you have up-to-date information to help you run your business in a COVID secure way.

There is guidance on the Government’s website that details the practical measures you should be taking

It is important that you frequently check this guidance as it is regularly updated and will probably be updated around the date of your reopening.

Read the full letter here

Download the NHS poster here

Download the Covid-19 Poster for providers

Customer notice posters for shops and hospitality outlets

Ahead of the next step of the reopening roadmap, Plymouth City Council’s Licensing and Graphics teams and have created posters for shops and hospitality outlets to help get the messages out about the importance of keeping yourself and Plymouth safe and sound.

Download the A4 posters here:

SailGP downloads for your business

SailGP is sailing redefined. Not only for the sailing enthusiast - but for anyone that wants to be part of a truly thrilling, adrenalin packed, annual global sports championship. It will culminate with a $1 million winner-takes-all match race in the final in San Francisco in March 2022.

However, major events such as SailGP bring more to a city than fan excitement. In addition to the thrills of the on-sea action, SailGP will funnel millions of pounds into the local economy - whilst attracting global attention and supplying the cobbles with a boost to tourism.

Find out how your business can benefit from SailGP with our Digital Business Engagement Pack, found below.

You can also download SailGP backdrops for your Zoom & Teams meetings and Social Media!

Other than the saying ‘you’re on mute!’ custom virtual backgrounds are probably the hottest new trend to emerge from 2020 and 2021. To celebrate the arrival of SailGP you can now wow your attendees by downloading the impressive imagery of SailGP in action.

SailGP not offers truly stunning imagery, but the British have a very talented team led by Ben Ainslie.

By downloading the backdrops and graphics, you can show your support in their bid for the global championship.

You can access and download the assets via Google Drive:

English Tourism Week 2021

With less than two weeks until the start of Visit Britain's annual campaign, English Tourism Week, there’s no better time to start getting involved.

Taking place on 22 to 31 May, English Tourism Week highlights the economic importance of English tourism to local economies and promotes the innovation, quality and range of products and services on offer to encourage more domestic breaks.

This year they are sharing the message “Here for Tourism” to show support for businesses and destinations as they reopen and rebuild.

You can get involved in the campaign by downloading their online toolkit with logos, posters, graphics to share your support and message across your marketing channels in the run-up to, and during, the week.

Find out more here

Latest news from Smart Citizens

Fab Lab is excited to announce they can now welcome people back to their in-person Smart Citizens workshops and training, including:

Win Laser Cut Coasters for You and a Friend!

Competition Deadline: 17 May 2021, 12pm

Enter their new competition to win the chance for you and a friend to create your own laser cut wooden coasters in a workshop at Fab Lab Plymouth!

To be in the chance of winning, simply email Sophie ( sharing the following by 17 May, 12pm:

  • At least 50 words sharing what you enjoyed or learnt at a Smart Citizens workshop you have attended.
  • At least 1 image of a design or object you have created using skills gained at a Smart Citizens workshop (screenshots accepted).

This workshop will be held on 27 May 2021, 5.30pm to 8pm, and you will be able to make 5 coasters each. Full terms and conditions can be found at the bottom of our competition page.

Upcoming Online Webinar

Smart Citizens Introduction Webinar

11 May, 6pm to 6.45pm

Interested in attending a Smart Citizens workshop, but would like to learn more? Join their short introduction webinar to learn about the programme and discover how they can help you design and make almost anything.

Find out more here

In case you missed it...

Missed one of the Smart Citizens workshops, talks or meet-ups? Head to their Wistia channel to catch up on all their events, including their highlights from April:

Catch up on all their events

Is your business planning for Thank You Day on 4 July?

Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on so many people, and it’s tested us in ways we never expected. But for many of us, it has also bought us closer together. Closer to our families and to our communities. 

As a country we aren’t always great at saying thank you to each other. But this year, we want to be part of changing  that. To choose one day where we all pause to say thank you to each other. To remember what binds us together, not  just what pushes us apart. 

We all have different people to thank, from family members to key workers, good neighbours to volunteers. 

If you're a business or community and are interested in taking part in the first ever national Thank You Day on 4 July, then please let us know so we can help push the message. Get in touch with us at

Find out more here

Virtual events/webinars

Train4Tomorrow Jobs Fair

Train4Tomorrow | Wednesday 26 May, 9am to 4pm

Local employers are invited to host a virtual table where they’ll have the chance to meet learners who have invested in their skills and successfully completed a government funded 12 week intensive digital bootcamp in one of the following areas:

  • Digital Insights with Exeter College
  • IT Readiness with BluescreenIT
  • Cyber Readiness with BluescreenIT
  • Data analyst to data scientist with Learning People
  • Software development with Learning People
  • Digital healthcare professional by Bridgwater and Taunton College
  • Health and social care digital champions with Cosmic

If you’re a local employer looking to connect with highly skilled digital talent, please register to attend the jobs fair for free here:

If you have any questions about attending a jobs fair and what this involves please contact Train4Tomorrow:


An afternoon with Destination Plymouth


The State of Us

Real Ideas | Multiple dates

The State of Us, based out of Plymouth, draws inspiration from new municipalist movements across the world. Over a series of three events, in April and May 2021, featuring grassroots, national and international speakers we will explore how people are building power and economic democracy in different contexts: our work, in our public spaces and in environmental action. In the fourth and final session, we’ll ask what is next for The State of Us.

Find out more here


An Invitation to Engage and Work with Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance

Plymouth Health Innovation Alliance | 17 June, 10.30am to 12.15pm

You are invited join us where you can find out what the Alliance is, its purpose, and how you can engage with the Alliance Network including:

  • Connecting with the Health Innovation cluster in Plymouth  
  • Establishment of a network of health innovators
  • Utilisation of assets and facilities on the Health Innovation Campus
  • Providing a gateway service and advocacy for, Plymouth life science organisations
  • Access to the key Anchor Institutions in Plymouth
  • Showcasing excellence and providing opportunities on a regional scale and beyond
  • Developing research, collaboration and funding opportunities for the Alliance Network

Find out more here


Research Festival 2021  

University of Plymouth | 28 June to 2 July 

The University of Plymouth’s annual Research Festival returns to celebrate interdisciplinary research that creates an impact, locally and globally.

We invite academics, businesses, partners, students and the public to sample a diverse programme of topics, from the global challenges facing our health and our environment – both on land and sea – to engineering and cybersecurity, architecture and education.

Hear about the latest research from our leading academics and top keynote speakers, including COP26 Climate Champion Nigel Topping and BBC Rural Affairs Correspondent Tom Heap, and find out how your research or business could achieve greater impact through collaboration.

Join the conversation with #PlymResFest  

Find out more here 


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.


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