The Plymouth Growth Board, a partnership between private sector business chiefs, third sector organisations, and senior public sector leaders has been set up in a bid to ensure increased earning and spending power in Plymouth.
The new board has been formed out of Plymouth’s Wealthy Theme Group, which was initially set up by the Plymouth 2020 Partnership to bring business leaders together to focus on economic development.
The Growth Board now includes more members from the private sector and comprises: Douglas Fletcher (chair, Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry), Dawn Bebe (Onshore Media), Simon Chamberlain (Ultimate Succession), Nigel Godefroy (Sutton Harbour), Graham Stirling (vice chair, Barden Corporation) and Peter Whitehouse (Babcock).
These private sector members join existing members Professor Julian Beer Plymouth University), Councillor Ted Fry (Plymouth City Council), Viv Gillespie (City College Plymouth), Roger Pipe (Millfields) and Richard Thomas (Federation of Small Businesses).
The new board will drive and oversee implementation of the Local Economic Strategy for Plymouth and link in to the emerging Local Enterprise Partnership currently being developed. It will continue to work and collaborate closely with the Plymouth 2020 Partnerships’ Healthy, Safe and Strong and Wise groups as well as the Plymouth Culture Board.
A number of priorities have emerged: the need for co-ordinated city marketing – which has already been moved forward through Positively Plymouth; improving the support available for new and existing businesses; and a need to accelerate the growth of the advanced manufacturing and marine renewables sectors through new sectoral plans to stimulate these sectors.