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Sector success: an update from our 11 key sectors

At the end of October, we launched the Sector Action Plans for Resurgam which focus on 11 key economic sectors to support recovery and growth in Plymouth.

The Council has been working across all areas of the city’s economy and through a number of business representative organisations to bring sectors together for mutual support and to identify areas of opportunity as we continue to fight against this pandemic.

There have been a number of notable successes recently across all of the sectors, which were shared in an update to Plymouth City Council’s Cabinet in November (available to watch online now).


  • Construction: Mapped every public sector construction project and are bringing these forward where possible – the pipeline is also being shared with local construction firms. Over £9 million has been secured from the Get Britain Building fund to accelerate the work on the train station concourse.

  • Creative Industries: Planning is underway for a month long ‘immersive futures’ festival when the immersive dome at Market Hall opens next year

  • Digital: Investment for fibre connectivity across Plymouth is now in the pipeline.

  • Defence: The Council is working to build a stronger working relationship with Babcock and is also supporting the new regional defence cluster through a staff secondment.

  • Health and Care: Secured £1 million for a new medical manufacturing Centre of Expertise at Plymouth Science Park

  • Fishing: Helping Plymouth Trawler Agents to sell fish boxes through merchants and looking to supply Plymouth fish into the national Crown procurement service.

  • Manufacturing: Secured £300,000 for a new welding centre at City College Plymouth to help local young people access jobs in manufacturing. Plymouth Manufacturers’ Group has signed a partnership bond with the University of Plymouth who are currently investing £50 million in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics building.

  • Marine: Department of Trade has identified Plymouth as a high value opportunity for marine autonomy. The Marine Business Technology Centre’s Smart Sound Connect project, offering 5G connectivity across the water, is underway.

  • Retail: The ‘Geddon Plymouth’ consumer campaign is encouraging the people of Plymouth to shop local and support independent shops. The Shop 4 Plymouth website showcases the city’s retailers and is being updated during lockdown to highlight who is adapting to offer a different service, for example through delivery or click and collect. The Box has helped to drive footfall to the city centre since it opened in September and research by the Centre for Cities found Plymouth was in the top ten (10th of 64) for spend recovery across the UK’s cities and large towns.

  • Tourism and Hospitality: Working on a 10 year strategic plan for the visitor economy. Secured SailGP, a spectacular event known as the ‘grand prix’ of sailing which will take place in Plymouth next July.

  • Transport and Distribution: Working to change people’s travel patterns for a healthier, cleaner city and using the Transforming Cities Fund to develop supporting infrastructure. Also working to help young people get to work using bus services.

To find out more, you can read the detailed Sector Action Plans here.


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