Employment and inward investment

Finding the right balance of appropriate skills to support the current and future needs of individuals, businesses and the local economy is a key priority for the Economy and Enterprise team. Ensuring our workforce have the appropriate skills is also crucial in order to optimise Devon’s offer as a business destination and attract inward investment to the county.

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Inward Investment

As well as ensuring that our workforce have the skills businesses need, we also put significant resources into attracting new business investment into the county and supporting existing businesses to grow. In addition to enquiry handling and regular marketing campaigns, we are responsible for Devon’s inward investment website which showcases our county as a top business location.

Case Studies

The Devon Delivers Ambassadors programme, which is part of Devon County Council’s inward investment campaign, allows companies across Devon to share the benefits of working and living in the county. Ambassadors are businesses and organisations which have a shared passion and enthusiasm for Devon and include companies such as the University of Exeter, the Met Office, Axminster Tools & Machinery, Foot Anstey, Darts Farm and many more . These organisations champion Devon as a location that delivers for business and they play a role in encouraging companies to consider relocating to the county.

As well as promoting Devon as an attractive business location to new businesses, we also provide advice and support for existing businesses. At the beginning of 2016 we introduced a Business Promotion Grant where 12 Devon businesses were awarded grants of £1000, through a competitive bidding process, to cover direct exhibiting costs of attending trade shows or events this year. Businesses benefitting from the grant include: Cgon, Simpleware, eCow, Cottonsafe, Lifesaver Technology Ltd, Applegate Marketplace, Eye Sky Group, Westcountry Concrete, The Virtual Jet Centre, Twool, Lockabox and Exciting Education.

Workforce Skills

We undertake a programme of research each year to ensure we have up to date information and evidence about the nature of skills levels within Devon. Below are links to our latest reports.

Undertaking key pieces of research is central to the delivery of the action plan. The most up to date research report is the State of Skills In Devon Annual Report- November 2015


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We fully support the role of apprentices within businesses in Devon and encourage businesses to consider taking on an apprentice through marketing communications activity, and a dedicated Apprenticeships website.

 Stakeholders briefing papers

Labour market data