Living and Working in Plymouth

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Plymouth’s vision is to be one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities, where an outstanding quality of life is enjoyed by everyone. 

Nestling between the sea, rivers and the dramatic expanse of Dartmoor, Plymouth offers the perfect work life balance. As recently cited by The Guardian, “Plymouth is now officially the optimum place to buy a property in Britain, with the best balance of schools, housing, culture and scenery.”

Plymouth is a spectacular waterfront city which has seen many exciting changes over the last few years. These include the growth of Plymouth University, the redevelopment of sites such as the Royal William Yard, the opening of Plymouth Life Centre – one of the best sports and leisure facilities in the country – a growing events programme and a burgeoning reputation as a foodie heaven.

This is an ambitious city and there are many exciting major changes ahead. Our reputation as a centre of excellence for marine sciences and engineering will expand as the City Deal programme provides a launchpad for small companies and increases the space available for marine-related industries. Our universities continue to attract attention around the world and our schools, including the new University Technical College, increasingly work with industry to nurture future talent.

Plymouth has a huge amount to offer, including an unrivalled lifestyle with its amazing green spaces, stunning waterfront and close proximity to some of the best beaches and landscapes in the UK, as well as all the advantages of a vibrant urban culture of a big city. 

Quick Facts about Plymouth

  • Plymouth was recently awarded with £9.5 million to form the first ever National Marine Park, generating hundreds of jobs and putting in place environmental safeguards for marine life within the Plymouth Sound.
  • Plymouth ranks third for its quality of life against 20 of Britain’s largest cities according to the Sustainable Cities index
  • We are only three hours from London by train, less than an hour from Exeter and two hours from Bristol international airports, as well as being a major port with Brittany Ferries offering passenger and freight services to Roscoff in France and Santander in Northern Spain.
  • Plymouth is the greenest City in the UK, with 40% of the city being green space.
  • Plymouth boasts the second highest number of Gold Anchor marinas in the UK offering some of the best berthing facilities.
  • 12% of Plymouth jobs are in the manufacturing industry, exceeding the national average of 8.3%
  • 98% of Plymouth postcodes are covered by Ultrafast broadband, rating Plymouth as the 5th in the country for broadband connectivity.
  • A global centre of excellence for marine science and technology and has one of the largest clusters of expertise in the world.
  • Plymouth has been rated as one of the best place for families to live according to The Sunday Times
  • Plymouth’s digital sector is a growth industry and ranks as the eighth highest location for job growth in digital industries in the UK.

What they say about Plymouth

  • “To overlook this city would be to miss out on its rare charm and cultural scene which, given upcoming multimillion-pound investments, is set to flourish.”
    The Times
  • “The coolest little city by the sea. Discover Plymouth first and retain bragging rights forever”
    GQ
  • “One of the top 10 growth clusters in the UK. ‘Britain’s Ocean City’ is not just picturesque, it is making waves with an early stage cluster of science and digital tech businesses too.”
    Tech Nation