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Plymouth is one of the largest cities on the south coast and the 15th largest city in England with a population of approximately 263,070. The city provides 109,000 jobs and has an economic output of £4.99 billion (2016). Plymouth is the most significant economic centre in the South West 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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Published 15 February 2019
DATA Play has helped Plymouth City Council reach the final of the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Excellence…

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DATA Play 9 was a great success with discussions around open data in libraries and reflection on past challenges…

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DATA Play 9 - Libraries and city challenges

Published 4 September 2018
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Submissions for DATA Play 8 now closed

Published 27 November 2018
DATA Play 8 submissions are now closed. Thanks to everyone who submitted their proposals…

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