Debate on business growth in Plymouth

Posted on Jul 14, 2015


The National Marine Aquarium was the setting for an engaging discussion about Plymouth’s growth agenda and what it’s really like doing business in the city.

The breakfast event was aimed at bringing out views, stories and advice around sustaining growth and attracting investment into the city.

Sponge’s Managing Director, Louise Pasterfield, joined an invited panel, chaired by business journalist and editor of Insider magazine, Miri Thomas. Louise said:

“It was really interesting to hear how plans are progressing in Plymouth in terms of initiatives such as City Deal which is creating more than 800 jobs in the marine services sector. I was encouraged to hear about the passion, ambition and vision of the business community in Plymouth, and able to offer my own perspectives on growing a business in city. Plymouth has many advantages in terms of lifestyle and location, and there appears to be a growing determination to do more to promote the city as a great place to live and work.”

The Question Time-style debate covered a wide range of topics including rail links, the quality of life in Plymouth, waterfront regeneration and English devolution.

Chairman of Plymouth Science Park and Chief Executive at Succession Group, Simon Chamberlain, was also on the panel along with Jason Schofield, Chief Executive, Sutton Harbour Holdings and Patrick Hartop, Head of City Deal, Plymouth City Council.

The event was hosted by leading business publication, Insider South West and sponsored by the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW), Wales & West Utilities and communications agency, Remarkable Engagement.

A full report of the debate will be featured in the September edition of the magazine.

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