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Plymouth business news

25 February 2022

Please find below an overview of the latest business advice and guidance, as well as events and funding streams. In today's newsletter you will find news and updates on:

  • Plymouth gets ready to make a splash with National Marine Park
  • Reminder to apply for Omicron Business Grants
  • Latest news from iMayflower
  • Plymouth Digital Boost ending 31 March 2022
  • Babcock and Plymouth Science Park launch advanced manufacturing lab in new innovation partnership
  • Theatre Royal Plymouth launches consultation to help shape future development
  • Outset Business Support
  • Makeover for Colin Campbell House
  • Heart of the SW ERDF Inward Investment Support Grant Scheme
  • New project connecting people from disadvantaged areas to their coast and coastal wildlife
  • Knowledge Transfer Partnerships business information sessions
  • Promote your business on the big screen at Military events!
  • Opportunities to exhibit at the Run & Cycle Show
  • Events
  • Funding streams

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

Plymouth Sound

Plymouth gets ready to make a splash with National Marine Park

Get ready to dive in and get involved as the Plymouth Sound National Marine Park (NMP) launches a 12 month engagement plan of exciting activities for everyone in Plymouth to enjoy and get involved in shaping the Park’s future. The highlights include:

  • The official launch of the activity programme with the National Marine Park Open Weekend – an exclusive free event for Plymouth residents at the National Marine Aquarium taking place 1 to 3 April
  • ‘Sea in the Park’ – bringing the wonders of the NMP to a green space near you
  • ‘Give it a Go’ – get on, in, under and next to the Sound through a programme to give Plymouth people the opportunity to try out what the NMP can offer for free
  • Want to get more involved - a pilot programme of National Marine Park Rangers, volunteers and environmental ambassadors will be running throughout the year
  • Designing a ‘digital park in the sea’ – innovation labs will run to generate and test idea that could virtually uncover the treasures under the waves.

The 12-month programme has been designed to not only enable people to have fun and explore but also for residents to be able to have their say and shape the NMP, which is being made possible thanks to £9.5 million funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Find out more here

Opportunities are available for local businesses, organisations and charities to get involved in the free residents National Marine Park Open Weekend at the National Marine Aquarium.

Find out more about business opportunities to be involved here


Reminder to apply for Omicron Business Grants

Plymouth businesses that have been affected by the Omicron variant are be able to apply for grant funding:

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) administered by Plymouth City Council offers grants of £1,500. 

Please note there is a very limited amount of funding available, so these will be dealt with on a first-come, first-served basis, so eligible businesses are urged to apply as quickly as possible.

Find out more and apply here

Omicron Hospitality and Leisure business grant

Hospitality, accommodation and leisure businesses in Plymouth can apply for the Omicron Hospitality and Leisure grant, with grants of up to £6,000 available.

Applications will close on 18 March. Please remember to check the eligibility criteria.

Find out more and apply here


Latest news from iMayflower

Plymouth is a creative city with a proud track record and growing international reputation for creative digital and immersive tech. We have come together through iMayflower to ensure that Plymouth makes the most of this platform for the benefit of current and future generations living, studying and working here. 

The latest iMayflower digest includes:

  • Opportunities for students, residents, and businesses: student memberships at Market Hall; Crowdfunding new coaching hub; University of Plymouth's Digital Badges; Plymouth Startup Weekend 
  • Immersive Technologies and Digital Fabrication: Illuminate 21 roundup; LEGO Legue; Market Hall's sensory needs support; Plymouth Sound’s archaeological artefacts brought to life through 3D Scanning at Fab Lab Plymouth 
  • People making it all happen: Temporary iMayflower Project Officer, Mandy Toze talks us through her time on the project; Adrian Vinken CBE leads thanks to outgoing Mayflower 400 Chief Executive, Charles Hackett 

Read the full digest here

To receive regular updates about iMayflower, sign up here.

Digital Boost Plymouth

Plymouth Digital Boost: free, fully-funded digital skills training ending 31 March 2022

Are you looking to boost your business this year? Want to develop your digital skills and increase your skills, so you’re using all the tools available to engage your target audience?

Our Digital Boost Programme for businesses in Plymouth offers free, fully funded digital skills training, but watch out, it’s only until March 31 2022!

 Want to know more on:

  • Cyber Security and GDPR
  • Productivity, Collaboration and Remote Working with MS365
  • Social Media, including Facebook and Instagram
  • Digital Marketing

We’ve got the digital training workshops on all these and more. Here’s a selection of a taster series of workshops coming up over the next few weeks for you to join:

To learn more, explore other available topics and secure your place visit Cosmic’s Eventbrite page. Alternatively email the Support team on or call 0330 088 3005.

We also provide 1:1 digital skills training and advice tailored specifically to your business’s needs, so if there’s something you want to deep dive into and get all the support and advice you need, we’re there to help.

Our Digital Boost Programme is only available until the end of March 2022, so sign-up now!

Babcock PSP

Babcock and Plymouth Science Park launch advanced manufacturing lab in new innovation partnership

Babcock International, the aerospace, defence and security company, has opened a new state of-the-art Additive Manufacturing centre today as part of a new partnership with Plymouth Science Park (PSP).

The facility will allow Babcock to ramp up its advanced technology capabilities to address critical needs across the engineering and defence support industry and will include the development of a digital and data skills programme in collaboration with PSP. The facility will enable the company to direct print metal parts for the first time as it needs them, increasing efficiency and sustainability.

Find out more here

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Theatre Royal Plymouth launches consultation to help shape future development

Theatre Royal Plymouth’s (TRP) Chief Executive, James Mackenzie-Blackman has launched a year-long series of conversations under the banner ‘Your Voice Matters’ that will help steer the organisation’s future development.

The first set of conversations are for people working in the performing arts sector with a call-out for individuals to join one of a series of workshops that will consider what creative and artistic leadership of TRP could look like in the 21st Century.

To manage this ambitious project, TRP will be working with a team of independent creative industry experts, led by Producer David Micklem which includes Angie Bual (Artistic Director, Trigger), Suba Das (Artistic Director Designate, Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse), Emma Gladstone (Independent Producer, previously Artistic Director and CEO, Dance Umbrella), Ned Glasier (Artistic Director, Company Three) and Laura Horton (playwright and Plymouth Laureate of Words 2021-22). They will be facilitating the sessions and contributing to a report and action plan.

Find out more here


Based in Plymouth and about to start your business or wanting some help to move your existing business forward?

Outset is delivering fully funded support in the city featuring webinars, online learning resources and 1:1’s with local advisors for individuals who are thinking about or ready to start a business along with support for existing businesses too - across business strategy, marketing and finance.

Click here for some of our latest webinars.

Email: for more information on all of the support that is currently available.

Ready to start your business? 

Come along to our new weekly Friday Start-up Club.  Meet the team and network with other like minded entrepreneurs ready to get started and also hear from business owners and partners on what they've learned along the way!

Book your place here


Colin Campbell House

Makeover for Colin Campbell House

The only surviving Art Deco building in the city centre could be getting a makeover as part of regeneration plans for the West End.

Colin Campbell House, in the corner of Colin Campbell Court, could be in line for some renovation under a scheme to encourage a new tenant into the building.

A design, costing and schedule of work exercise has been carried out to complete works to the ground floor to improve the quality of the space.

Work will focus initially on the ground floor and the exterior but it will also involve appropriate fire and acoustic separation to minimise disruption to the ground floor tenant during later redevelopment of the upper floors.

The proposal also includes installing an access ramp, so a planning application will be submitted in the next few weeks.

Find out more here


Heart of the SW ERDF Inward Investment Support Grant Scheme

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSW LEP) has launched a new £900,000 grant scheme for foreign-owned companies investing in the area to create jobs in Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. 

Find out more here

To discuss the grant scheme and your eligibility in more detail please contact the LEP’s Inward Investment Manager Carla Modley at

KTM Partnership

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships business information sessions

These online events will show how different businesses can benefit from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project and also explore other services for business that are available from the University.

Discover how to use KTP to harness business growth but also to find out more about different ways to work with the University of Plymouth.

Designed to be quick, informative, relevant and useful in terms of future collaborative and innovative business opportunities.

  • If you have an idea for your business but do not have all the in-house expertise needed to develop it, a Knowledge Transfer Partnership may be the answer.
  • Could you benefit from access to their world leading research or facilities?
  • Could a Plymouth graduate or student help your business?

University of Plymouth are here to guide you through their business support options, and look forward to meeting you.

Find out more here

Rockpool Project

Major new project to connect people from disadvantaged areas in Plymouth to their coast and coastal wildlife

The Rock Pool Project has launched a new ‘Blue Recovery’ project to inspire and connect people from disadvantaged areas in Plymouth and Falmouth with their local marine wildlife, after receiving almost £150,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Every year, millions of people are drawn to the South West’s spectacular coastline. However, a rising number of locals are becoming disconnected from their nearby beaches and marine heritage, missing out on this coastline’s numerous benefits: fresh air, sea views, discovery, exercise, restfulness and fun.

Today, The Rock Pool Project begin their exciting two-year Blue Recovery Project aimed at addressing this issue, made possible with a grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Thanks to National Lottery players, the innovative not-for-profit organisation will help hundreds of local people to explore, understand and care for their local wildlife and coastline. Adults and families from eligible postcodes will have the opportunity to enjoy free, expert-led rock pooling events, join the new Blue Recovery community, receive citizen science training and experience the fun and freedom that comes with a rock pool ramble and time spent with friends at the beach.

Find out more here

LED Screen

Promote your business on the big screen at Military events!

Armed Forces Day 2022 and the Rehabilitation Triathlon, hosted by the Royal Marines, will have an LED Screen which will be used for digital signage, advertising, scoreboards etc.

The screen size is 5m wide by 3m high and will be positioned to the side of the main stage, for three days from the start of the Rehabilitation Triathlon on 23 June, through to Armed Forces Day on 25 June.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your business to thousands of visitors, local community and Military personnel, Veterans and their families.

There are two options available:

  • Still Image Content £250 +VAT
  • 30 Second Video Content £500 +VAT

Click here to view the technical details. The deadline for all artwork is 1 June 2022.

If this is of interest to you, please get in touch, email

Run & Cycle Show

Opportunities to exhibit at the Run & Cycle Show

Redrok Events (organisers of the Britain’s Ocean City Running Festival) will be running the South West’s Run & Cycle Show on Saturday 18 June, bringing the latest brands, technology, wellbeing and nutrition from the world of running and cycling.

Between 8,000-10,000 visitors are expected on the day, including all athletes who will be collecting their race packs prior to the Britain’s Ocean City running festival the following day.

Exhibition stands are now available, for more information on the event please visit where you can fast track your booking by selecting 'quick book'. 


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


Marine Autonomy in the South West of England: Opportunities for Investment

DIT | Online | 2 March

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and partners in the South West of England invite you to the “Tap into a growing £103bn marine autonomy global market: design, test, validate and manufacture your automation technologies to meet demand in offshore wind, defence, aquaculture and shipping industries” webinar.

Find out more here


Plymouth Startup Weekend: meet, greet & learn

University of Plymouth | Online | 2 March

Join the Plymouth Startup Weekend team for this virtual pre-event meetup. We will hear from some inspirational speakers, dive into the details of Plymouth Startup Weekend Culture & Tourism edition and answer any questions you may have.

Find out more here


Access to Finance Webinar Series

Growth Hub / SWIG Finance | Online | Various dates

The Growth Hub has partnered with SWIG Finance to offer a series of webinars exploring how finance options could support your business objectives. These five informative webinars will take businesses through the essentials of approaching business finance and provide expert insight at every stage.

  • Different Types of Business Finance – 3 March, 9.30am
  • Why you Might Need Business Finance – 10 March, 9.30am
  • Cashflow Forecasting & Making your case to lenders – 17 March, 9.30am
  • Business Loan Approval – What You Need to Know – 24 March, 9.30am
  • Top Tips for Applying for a Start Up Loan – 31 March, 9.30am

Enrolled businesses can also access a range of additional resources including guides, videos, and case studies. Find out more online and book onto the webinar series.


Knowledge Transfer Partnerships business information sessions

University of Plymouth | Online | 3, 10 March

These online events will show how different businesses can benefit from a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) project and also explore other services for business that are available from the University.

Find out more here


Plymouth Startup Weekend, Culture and Tourism Edition

University of Plymouth | Online | 11 to 13 March

A startup weekend is a 3-day programme designed for those who want to learn how to start their own business by taking a raw idea from concept to creation.

Find out more here


Film Plymouth Crew Night

Film Plymouth | Market Hall | 17 March

Film Plymouth in partnership with the Filming in England team at Creative England are hosting a South West regional crew night to celebrate the launch of the newly established Film Office service in the city.

All crew and experience levels are welcome to attend and there will be opportunity to network for the remainder of the evening to build further industry contacts and view the demonstration of content in the immersive dome.

Find out more here


Third Sector Workshop

University of Plymouth | Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth campus | 7 April

The half day workshop is designed to show how Plymouth Business School’s expert academics and students are able to help your operations.  Speakers will offer advice and insight on key current issues facing the Third Sector, and explain a wide range ways in which our staff and students can engage and support you in your operations.

Find out more here



Outset Business Support workshops

Outset | Online | Multiple dates

Outset Enterprise Coaching delivers a full support programme combining modular business workshops, rich online learning resources and 1:1 support. It’s open to all Plymouth residents, and fully funded by Plymouth City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

Find out more here



Digital Boost Plymouth

Cosmic | Online | Multiple dates

Digital Boost Plymouth offers free, fully funded digital skills training to all businesses based in the Plymouth City Council area, until March 31 2022.

A broad range of high-quality, digital skills training is available right now.

Future workshops include:

  • 1 Mar – Understanding GDPR & Cyber Security
  • 17 Mar – Instagram: Next Steps
  • 23 Mar – Facebook: Next Steps

Find out more here


SWMAS - Make it Net Zero 

SWMAS | Online | Multiple dates

SWMAS design, deliver, and support Net Zero events, workshops, and training opportunities that are tailored to meet the needs of manufacturers - and for small and medium-sized manufacturers across the South West, the cost can be fully funded through their range of support programmes.

Find out more here


Diversity in Business

BIPC Devon | Online | Multiple dates

Whether you are a sole trader, employer or employee, you need to consider how you communicate in business. Our Diversity in Business Programme will help you to improve your business environment, communication, hiring practices, and relationships with others.

Find out more here


Hip Hop Antidote

Street Factory CIC | Multiple dates

Free 23-week programme of mentoring and workshops to rebuild yourself, confidence and life, which will help;

  • Advance equity
  • Develop confidence and motivation
  • Provide educational & employment opportunities
  • Support people to feel more connected with their families, friends and the wider community

Find out more here

Funding streams

Amazon Launches Accelerator with Funding for Environmentally Focused Start-ups

The Amazon Launchpad Sustainability Accelerator is a three-month programme designed to support start-ups and entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of building sustainability focused products.

Participants will be offered a range of support to help navigate the challenges of starting a business within sustainability.

The deadline for applications is 25 March 2022.

Find out more here


Launch of the 2022 Global CleanTech Challenge

The CleanTech Challenge is an international business plan competition for innovative clean technology product ideas. It brings together business and technical students to create viable start-ups. Teams compete for a prize, awarded during Bootcamp finals. Entrants are mentored by industry experts from the cleantech, entrepreneurial and related sectors.

The winner(s) will receive a cash award of £7,500+.

The first stage of applications closes on 30 March 2022.

Find out more here


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