General Opportunities

Companies relocate to this area both from within the UK and overseas, often attracted by a growing economy, a strong entrepreneurial spirit and excellent R&D facilities and expertise, linked to world-leading colleges and universities.

Key Facts


  • 78.7% economically active (77.4% UK average)
  • 13.8% skilled trade occupations (10.5% UK average)
  • 6.4% process plant and manufacturing operations (ONS, 2014).
  • Unemployment rate 2.3% (UK average 3.7%) (NOMIS, 2013).
  • 137,000 in professional occupations.
  • 77,900 managers, directors and senior officials.
  • Higher proportion of skilled tradespeople than the UK as a whole.
  • Despite skills levels being above the national average, labour costs are average at £11.24 per hour (£13.25 UK average).

Success Stories

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Plymouth Marine Laboratory
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Rigid Containers Limited
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Wolf Minerals Drakelands
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