Few cities can rival Plymouth and its rich seafaring heritage, its stunning waterfront and natural harbour, its vibrant cultural life and its close proximity to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. In short there’s nowhere quite like it. That’s why Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City.
A city with a reputation as a centre of excellence for marine science and engineering, it also has two universities with Plymouth University one of the largest in the country and ranked amongst the top ten modern universities in the UK.
Plymouth is the largest economic centre in the South West with nearly 7000 businesses generating £4.5bn of Gross Value Added. Britain’s 14th largest city, Plymouth has a population of 260,000, a student population of 50,000 and a workforce of nearly 170,000. As Britain’s “Ocean City”, it has the largest naval base in Western Europe and is home to luxury yacht builder Princess Yachts. Access to superfast broadband puts Plymouth in the UK’s Top 10 cities for broadband connectivity. Plymouth not only delivers a skilled talent pool of labour, but does so in one of the most attractive rural and marine environments.
The following are just a few more reasons why locating and growing your business in Plymouth is a smart move:
- Good quality, affordable business premises are on average 35 per cent cheaper here than in the South East.
- Superfast broadband – Plymouth is one of the top 10 locations in the country for superfast coverage, ahead of Bristol and Cardiff.
- Quality of life – nestling between the sea, rivers and the dramatic expanse of Dartmoor, Plymouth offers the perfect work life balance. As recently cited by The Guardian, ‘Plymouth is now officially the optimum place to buy a property in Britain’, with the best balance of schools, housing, culture and scenery.
- Access to markets – we are only three hours from London by train, less than one hour from Exeter and two hours from Bristol international airports, as well as being a major port with Brittany Ferries offering passenger and freight services to Roscoff in France and Santander in Northern Spain.
- A skilled and adaptable workforce with progressive, business-focused higher and further education provision, and specialist partners that can help source and develop your employees.
- Like-minded businesses – with concentrations of social enterprises, marine and marine renewables, medical and healthcare, advanced manufacturing, creative, business services, tourism and leisure businesses, the city provides a ready-made supply chain and market.
10 Reasons to locate your business in
Britain’s Ocean City:
- Just 50 minutes from the nearest airport
- Bright young students are heading here. Plymouth University is the 9th biggest in the UK with over 32,000 students which is great for recruitment!
- Plymouth has the highest number of post-war listed buildings outside London and is a unique example of a thriving 20th Century city.
- Plymouth boasts a Grade II listed swimming facility considered one of the finest examples of 1930s lido architecture in the country. The art deco lido overlooking Plymouth Sound featured in the Guardian’s top 10 UK outdoor swimming pools in 2013.
- Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is the largest teaching hospital trust in the South West. It employs over 6,000 staff working in 350 different roles within the Trust.
- The historic Barbican is packed with top quality restaurants, bars and cafes.
- Plymouth is the greenest city in the UK with 40% of the city being green space.
- Plymouth University is a top 50 research institute in the UK, with 80% of its work classed as either world leading or internationally significant.
- It is the gateway to Cornwall with access to many glorious beaches and surf schools.
- Oh, and possibly the world’s earliest pasty recipe dates back to 1509!
Work Life Balance
But Plymouth doesn’t just offer amazing business growth opportunities, it also allows you to create an enviable work/life balance. Finish work for the weekend and you can explore some of the historic sights around the area or sample some of the delicious freshly landed local fish. Just a short drive outside of Plymouth and you are in Cornwall where you are spoilt with the numerous sandy beaches; perfect for a stroll, surfing and other water sports or just to find a quite spot to sit and read a few pages of your favourite book.