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Plymouth is one of the largest cities on the south coast and the 15th largest city in England, with an economic output of £5.2 billion, providing 108,000 jobs. Plymouth is the most significant economic centre in the southwest peninsula and the largest urban area in the Heart of the South West (HotSW) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), making it a key location for growth.

Plymouth is the location for Western Europe’s largest naval base, a thriving commercial and ferry port, a significant fishing industry, and one of the most significant global concentrations of marine research and production. The city is recognised for its strengths in the marine industries, advanced manufacturing and the defence sectors.

More facts and figures can be found in the Plymouth Report. Plymouth’s plans for delivering growth and providing employment are contained within the Plymouth Plan.

People in employment

In 2017/2018 Plymouth City Council…

created 375 jobs through council initiatives
created 3,873 jobs through schemes they’ve supported
started 3,770 new apprenticeships, which was up by 5.9 per cent on last year
organised events that 380,000 people enjoyed
secured £69.9 million extra funding for Plymouth projects

Weekly pay in Plymouth

Marine industry

Marine manufacturing brings in £408.6m in Gross Value Added (GVA) to Plymouth
7,100 jobs in marine manufacturing accounts for 21 per cent of the UK’s marine manufacturing capacity
The fishing industry brings in over £12m in Gross Value Added (GVA) to Plymouth
13.2 per cent of England’s total fish catch each year puts Plymouth in the top 3 fishing ports in England

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DATA Play 9 has arrived...

DATA Play 9 kicked off to a great start, once again helped by the great venue provided by the STEM Hub at City College. There was a great buzz in the room and it was great to see lots of new faces getting to know each other and discussing ideas.

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DATA Play 9 - Libraries and city challenges

We’re excited to be running another DATA Play day on 26 October which will explore how data and technology can help the city’s challenges. This time it’s focused on libraries!

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Submissions for DATA Play 8 now closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted their proposals for Data Play 8. The DATA Play community is really growing and it’s great to see more projects and people linking up.

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Meet Emoti-OS the 'emotive' chatbot

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DATA Play 8 … the fun continued

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DATA Play 8 is here...

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DATA Play 8 - Housing and social enterprise

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Submissions for DATA Play 7 now closed

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