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Local economic strategy

Local economic strategy review 2013 to 2014

The review of the city’s Local Economic Strategy (LES), led by the Plymouth Growth Board, has been carried out over a number of months and engaged a variety of stakeholders to reflect on progress since 2006, enduring challenges and future growth opportunities.

The LES review forms a key building block in the emerging Plymouth Plan – the overarching framework for growth and development in the city – as well as serving as the city’s contribution to wider Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership strategy developments.

It seeks to build on progress set in train by Plymouth’s 2006 strategy and concentrate efforts on the things that will generate the greatest returns to our economy. It recognises the opportunity presented by Mayflower 2020 as a major milestone in the reinvention of Plymouth as Britain’s Ocean City and as a catalyst for business growth in marine and related industries, the visitor economy, the culture of the city in its broadest sense, and raising the city’s profile and reputation in global markets.

Underpinned by a refreshed evidence base, the review proposes a series of six flagship areas designed to take the city’s economy to a new level of focus and ambition. The flagships are supported by a set of strategic objectives and actions. More detailed delivery and performance management arrangements will be summarised in a forthcoming Implementation Plan.

The strategy is very much about Plymouth leading growth beyond its administrative boundaries and playing a greater role on the global economic stage. For further information, please contact

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Local economic strategy 2006

Plymouth is changing and that change is tangible. You can see it in the major new developments across the city as Plymouth realises its ambition to become one of Europe's finest, most vibrant waterfront cities.

Plymouth’s widely applauded approach to accelerated growth requires a step change in the economic performance of the city and the sub region. This now consists of the all-inclusive private sector sub-regional consensus, led by the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce, and an exemplary track record of community involvement in both economic development and regeneration.

The Plymouth local economic strategy sets out a clear joined-up framework for the transformation of the Plymouth economy. The public, private and voluntary sectors, together with sub-regional partners, have come together to produce a coherent set of actions that can be turned into reality on the ground.

We invite you to read the strategy below to discover what the new Plymouth has to offer, and to join us as we move forward as one.

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Update 2011

Through the Local Strategic Partnership Plymouth Growth Board, the local economic strategy action plan will now be updated on a rolling basis.

The Leadership theme was discussed in October 2010, the Business theme in December 2010, the Skills theme in February 2011, the Participation theme in May 2011 and the Centres theme in July 2011.

The reports of these reviews, including the revised action plans for these themes, can be accessed below. This process will ensure that the local economic strategy action plan is reviewed on an annual basis.

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