The Plymouth & South West City Deal

Many thanks to Cate Taynton who gave an overview of the Plymouth and the South West Peninsula City Deal at our General Meeting in August. Download a copy of Cate’s presentation here.

The Plymouth and South West Peninsula City Deal is a ground-breaking deal with government to deliver economic growth in the south west in exchange for the government devolving powers and funding. The deal area covers Plymouth, Cornwall, Devon, Torbay and Somerset.

The deal will tackle low rates of productivity, a key barrier to economic growth by playing to the peninsula’s strengths and growing the marine and advanced manufacturing sectors. The south west has 14 per cent of the national marine supply chain, employing 26,000. It is home to global companies such as Babcock Marine, Princess Yachts International, Pipex px, Pendennis Ship Yard and Agusta Westland.

The Deal will tackle low rates of productivity by:

  • Growing the marine and advanced manufacturing sectors by developing a marine industries production campus led by South Yard in Plymouth. This will provide additional research and commercialisation facilities and the relocation and development of supply chain companies, enabling the growth of the marine sector across the peninsula.
  • Providing tailored business support programmes to all small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and marine sector companies.
  • Implementing a Deal for Young People that will tackle youth unemployment in Plymouth and the peninsula.

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