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Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AA
01752 307996

About us

Plymouth City Council is the unitary authority for Plymouth, Devon. Britain's Ocean City is one of Europe's most vibrant waterfront cities where an outstanding quality of life is enjoyed by everyone.

We offer

Plymouth City Council has pulled together a coordinated approach that will allow the city to have a single voice on its strategic priorities and help all key partners to pull together in the same direction. The Economy, Enterprise and Employment team provides a range of services to businesses to help sustain business growth.

Outset Plymouth provides support and guidance for those looking to start a new business in Plymouth. It provides a flexible, tailor-made support programme designed to suit individual needs and, after attending an information session, guidance is provided on the best starting place within a two-stage programme. It also supports existing businesses that have been trading for less than three years through post-start workshops and events. 

Outset Finance is a financial support resource that has been added to the Outset start-up programme for both established businesses and those setting up brand new businesses that need advice and guidance on how to finance their enterprises. They can provide the funding needed and help with putting a thorough and comprehensive proposition together. Key themes include: Money Matters / Fit For Finance / Money Sense / Pricing For Profit.

> We offer advice on business ratescommercial property searches, and we can help disadvantaged individuals to set up or expand their business. We have an onlinebusiness directory for those seeking or promoting local goods and services. 

Plymouth Patlib provides free patent searches by appointment at the Central Library

> If you operate a food business we offer advice on licensing and registering your business for approval with the Public Protection Team and also offer food safety training

> In addition we offer Health & Safety advice for employers who have a legal duty to identify and control hazards in the workplace. 

> Plymouth Trading Standards Service aims to protect and promote the safety and economic and environmental interests of Plymouth consumers and businesses.

> Through Digital Plymouth, Superfast Broadband has arrived in Plymouth and businesses and residents are taking full advantage of superfast broadband technology.

> Doing business with the Council is handled through The Procurement Unit. Procurement is the process of acquiring goods, works and services from suppliers.  

>  The 1000 Club supports young people into employment and help the city’s unemployed gain skills and experience to help them get work as well as retain talented graduates. It's aim is to identify 1000 companies in the Plymouth area to commit to providing a range of jobs, apprenticeships, graduate internships and work experience.

We support

  • Avon
  • Business Support
  • Specialists, Experts, Research
  • People
  • New Business
  • Conference, Meeting Rooms
  • Foreign Trade
  • Networks
  • Skills
  • Investment
  • Legal


The Economic Development Service was created as a direct response to the city's growth agenda and aims to secure sustained economic growth through a balanced, dynamic economy.

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