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Plymouth business news

26 November 2021

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

  • A closer look at manufacturing
  • Businesses say YES to Plymouth Waterfront Partnership
  • Support from Culture Recovery Fund
  • Your views on Civic Square restoration
  • Help the Council prioritise Plymouth’s pounds
  • New proposals for taxi trade
  • Funding for seven new city centre projects
  • Green Tech Boat Show partners with Maritime UK SW
  • New podcast from Theatre Royal Plymouth
  • Events
  • Funding streams

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

Drone image of Plymouth Hoe with the city in the background

A closer look at manufacturing

Cath Parnall, Senior Economic Development Officer at Plymouth City Council and the team's Manufacturing Lead, shares more information about her role in our latest Staff Profile. She explains why she will be reaching out to the city's manufacturers - and the support offerings available to them - in the coming weeks.

Read her full blog here.

Recent manufacturing success stories:

Businesses in Sutton Harbour

Businesses say YES to Plymouth Waterfront Partnership

Businesses have voted to renew Plymouth Waterfront Partnership’s Business Improvement District (PWP BID) for another five years.

PWP supports hundreds of businesses along the city’s incredible waterfront – from Royal William Yard to Mount Batten, including the Barbican, Queen Anne’s Battery and Plymouth Hoe - and this will be its third term.

The BID will now run until at least March 2027. PWP’s new Business Plan aims to support businesses by encouraging increased footfall and economic prosperity, making continued improvements to the public realm and supporting wider city initiatives such as the new Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.

Find out more.

Woman viewing Songlines exhibition at The Box

Plymouth benefits from Government's Culture Recovery Fund

A number of creative and cultural organisations in Plymouth are among the 925 organisations that have been awarded funding from the third round of the Government's Culture Recovery Fund. The grants will help them to deal with the ongoing challenges created by the pandemic: 

  • The Box has been awarded a grant of £146,500 which will provide valuable support as it continues its recovery from the challenges of the pandemic and firms up its plans for an exciting 2022 and beyond.
  • Theatre Royal Plymouth will receive a grant of £700,000, allowing the theatre to continue its work in local communities and bring outstanding theatre to the South West.
  • Plymouth Arts Cinema has been awarded a grant of of £4,797 by the British Film Institute which will help it to continue to deliver its rich programme of films.

Aerial view of civic square

Your views on Civic Square restoration

We’re finalising our plans to restore and upgrade the Civic Square and want to know what you think.

We’re hoping to start work on the square early next year to restore its most important heritage features, while at the same time re-imagining it for the 21st Century. The project is part of Plymouth’s High Street Heritage Action Zone, a partnership between Historic England and Plymouth City Council. 

This project builds on what the public told us when we presented ideas as part of the Better Places Plymouth scheme in 2018. As it Civic Square is a grade II Registered Park and Garden with unique heritage properties, this project is considered an area of special interest by Historic England. It is part of the civic layout of Plymouth planned in 1956 based on Patrick Abercrombie and J Paton Watson's post-war plan for Plymouth of 1943.

The consultation is now underway and runs until Monday 20 December. Feedback can be provided by responding to this consultation or emailing

Find out more here


Help us prioritise Plymouth’s pounds

We want to hear the views and ideas of Plymouth residents and businesses as we work on plans to set a budget for next year.*

We are facing big challenges in setting a revenue budget of around £198 million for delivering local services next year. Like most councils, our funding and income continue to decrease, while demand for services rises.

These pressures mean that in order to set a balanced budget we need to identify how we will close a £20 million gap between our resources and costs.

Our Prioritise Plymouth Pounds budget engagement exercise is asking which services people value most and for feedback on our current proposals for balancing the books.

Have your say

*Survey ends Sunday 28 November at 11.59pm

Proposed green taxi livery

Share your views on taxis

More taxis on Plymouth streets, greener and lower emission vehicles and new green livery are the key proposals being unveiled to help the city’s taxi trade. The new draft Taxi Licensing Policy also includes proposals to encourage more people to join the taxi trade.

A 12 week consultation has started this week, and Plymouth City Council wants to hear the views of passengers as well as the trade.

Find out more and have your say. 

Plymouth city centre, looking across Royal Parade towards the Piazza

Seven projects awarded funding to celebrate Plymouth’s historic city centre

Seven Plymouth projects are celebrating success after being awarded ‘High Street Sparks’ grants from the High Street Heritage Action Zone (HSHAZ) initiative.

Funded by Historic England, the HSHAZ is working with partners across the UK to unlock the potential of more than 60 historic high streets.

The ‘High Street Sparks’ funding scheme has been set up to gift up to £2,500 (and in exceptional cases £5,000) to community projects that will help breathe life back into Plymouth’s city centre. The funding focuses on projects that put the spotlight on a specially designated conservation area around Royal Parade and the Civic Square and respond to its heritage. 

The winning projects include performances and events, art displays and even the creation of selfie walls. 

Read about all the projects here.

Green Tech Boat Show in Plymouth

Green Tech Boat Show partners with Maritime UK SW

MDL Marinas is partnering with Maritime UK South West for its Green Tech Boat Show for the second year in a row.

Returning to MDL’s Queen Anne’s Battery Marina  in Plymouth on 16 to 18 June 2022, the Green Tech Boat Show is a dedicated platform for the marine industry to highlight its green products and technologies, allowing consumers to understand the sustainable options available to them. 

Building on last year’s successful partnership, MDL is collaborating with Maritime UK SW to introduce a new trade aspect to the Green Tech Boat Show on the Friday, which will include an innovation hub. 

Find out more here.

Adrian Vinken and Bill Martin on The Lyric stage

Theatre Royal Plymouth launch podcast with outgoing CEO Adrian Vinken

As Theatre Royal Plymouth’s CEO Adrian Vinken prepares to step down from his post, the organisation has launched an in-depth podcast with their leader of the past 30 years.

The podcast sees Adrian Vinken speaking with Bill Martin on The Lyric Stage as they discuss Adrian’s career. They look back on how Adrian came to lead TRP, his fondest memories and biggest challenges, along with how he came to the decision to leave the organisation after 30 years at the helm.

Find out more and listen to the podcast.

Tinside Lido

Vacancy: Consultant needed for tourism product development

Destination Plymouth Limited is looking to appoint an experienced and suitably qualified consultant to help create and develop new sustainable and environment-led tourism products and experiences, as part of our National Marine Park development programme.

A key part of the role will be to work with existing and potential new local businesses to explore opportunities for new bookable products.

Find out more about the role.


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

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Chartered Manager "Fast Track" Degree Apprenticeship Information session

University of Plymouth | Online | 29 November

The University of Plymouth's  Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship is a flexible alternative to traditional university study, giving existing and aspiring managers the opportunity to gain a BSc (Hons) Degree and Chartered Manager Status through the two year "fast track" blended learning apprenticeship. The next cohort starts in March 2022, find out more in this information session.

Find out more.


Senior People Professional L7 Apprenticeship Launch

University of Plymouth | Online | 29 November

Exciting developments are underway at University of Plymouth to launch the Senior People Professional Apprenticeship - MA Human Resource Management. The apprenticeship has been designed to help you to equip your staff with the skills and capabilities required for a strategic role in HR or develop as a line manager.

Find out more.


Make It Net Zero Launch Event

SWMAS | Online | 30 November 

The fully funded 'Make it Net Zero Plymouth' programme aims to get more than 50 local SME Plymouth businesses committing to achieving net zero. They will act as a trailblazer cluster of companies to help other firms across the region learn from and understand the key steps needed to be taken to become carbon neutral.

Join SWMAS for this virtual and interactive launch event, and hear from their Net Zero Specialists, who will outline the importance of lowering carbon emissions (including the benefits and cost savings this can bring to your business).

Find out more.


Ideas Into Action Workshop

POP | Devonport Guildhall | 1 December

Do you have a great idea for a community project, but aren't sure where to start? This online workshop is aimed at anyone in Plymouth who is interested in running a community project or developing a new idea. It will give you the tools, guidance and support you need to develop your community ideas into action.

Find out more.


If you build it, will they come? Coral reef restoration using 3D printing and advanced eDNA monitoring

Smart Citizens Programme | Online | 9 December

With declining coral populations across the globe, marine scientists and architects from the University of Hong Kong have combined digital fabrication with the latest in marine research to create an artificial seabed using 3D printed terracotta tiles.

In this Smart Citizens Design Talk join Dr David Baker, Associate Professor in the University of Hong Kong’s School of Biological Sciences and Swire Institute of Marine Science, as he discusses the development of these tiles and how, alongside advanced eDNA monitoring, these pioneering ecoshoreline technologies can support the restoration of coral reefs.

Find out more.


Funding streams

Co-op Foundation Announces Carbon Innovation Fund for Food and Farming Sector

Funding is available to organisations operating in and supporting the UK's food and farming sector for projects and activities designed to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

The three-year, £3 million Carbon Innovation Fund is being delivered in partnership by the Co-op Foundation and the Co-op. The funding has been donated by the Co-op through the sale of compostable carrier bags in the UK.

Funding of between £75,000 and £100,000 is available. In most cases, funding will be offered as a grant, but in some circumstances, it may be offered as an interest-free loan or equity investment.

First stage applications is now open and will close at noon on 10 December 2021.

Find out more here

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Find out more about Plymouth's Climate Emergency Action Plan


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