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January Resurgam Sector Action Plan update

Progress for Resurgam’s sector action plans continues at pace. Each month the Sector leads update Plymouth City Council on the situation in the sector and the progress being made on their action plan for recovery.

Aerial view of Plymouth looking north

This month, updates were given about:

Huge progress is being made, despite the increasing challenges of the current national lockdown restrictions continuing to put strain on Plymouth’s sectors.

You can see each of the sector updates individually by clicking the links above, or visiting the sector pages, but some of the highlights include:

The UK Lighthouse Labs Network:

Plymouth has been selected to be the South West Regional Testing Hub as part of the Lighthouse Labs Network.

This £30 million capital investment makes the city part of the biggest diagnostic lab network in British history. The lab will be going live on the 15 February, located in Estover and will be operated by the NHS. The lab will create new jobs for the city and be capable of analysing 40,000 samples per day.

Plymouth was selected for this by the Department of Health and Social Care because of Resurgam and the strong sector action plan that has been embedded in stakeholder working.

Health Technology Innovation Hub:

Plymouth has secured a £1.038 million grant offer from the Getting Building Fund via the Heart of the South West LEP, along with a revenue grant from the University of Plymouth to develop a Health Technology Innovation Hub that will include clean room laboratories for life sciences, 3D printing in Stainless Steel, Aluminium and Titanium for healthcare applications. The hub will also provide access to research & development 3D printing for other sectors.

£12.5 million awarded to Plymouth as part of the Future High Streets Fund:

Between Christmas and New Year it was announced that Plymouth had been successful in securing £12.5 million from the Future High Streets Fund to redevelop the Civic as an international conference venue with city living. This is all part of our plan for revitalising the City Centre. Through this activity our aim is to attract more people to live and work in the area and to develop events and conferencing with high footfall, which will in turn support retail and hospitality.

More of the extraordinary delivery that has been happening in the city was mentioned by leader of the council, Tudor Evans this month at the budget scrutiny committee. Read his speech in full here.


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