Economy & Enterprise
The Economy and Enterprise Team works to promote sustainable economic growth in Devon through commissioning and delivering a range of activities, both independently and through partnerships with other organisations and also work closely with the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
Our overarching aim is: ‘To ensure that Devon has a flourishing and balanced economy, with strong economic growth and high quality employment.’
There are 3 main strands to our work:
- Supporting growth - we work in partnership with bodies such as the LEP and Devon and Cornwall Business Council to stimulate business growth. This includes improving access to finance, delivering improved connectivity, assisting businesses in finding appropriate workspaces and ensuring our workforce has the skills businesses need. Our team try to take advantage of every available opportunity to interact with the business community; for example through focus groups and attending events.
- Attracting new business – we are constantly working to raise the profile of Devon as a world-class business location, for example through our Inward Investment marketing campaigns and attending events. We maintain Devon’s inward investment website and our team also works closely with UKTI to ensure that we are aware of all businesses looking to expand into Devon
- Economic evidence gathering – within the team, we undertake continual analysis and monitoring of both local and national economic data, as well as monitoring any policy developments that may be relevant to our work. We are also responsible for commissioning and maintaining the Devonomics webpages which provide a portal for economic data that can be used as an evidence base to inform decision making.