Devon County Council’s Economy Service is supporting and delivering the following activities to strengthen the Devon economy and create additional wealth and prosperity for our residents. :

Strategic Investments – facilitating the creation of exemplary strategic employment space and flagship projects such as the Atlantic array.

Attracting new investment – creating the right environment in which to do business and to raise the profile and image of Devon as a business destination, whether aimed at existing businesses or attracting inward investment. This includes improving broadband connectivity and managed workspace opportunities.

Business Growth – improving job opportunities and increased wage levels across Devon by improving business competitiveness through access to new markets and reducing cost bases. This includes supporting key sectors such as tourism and food and drink, improving skills and stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in emerging sectors such as renewable energy.

Evidence base – establishing a robust and inclusive evidence base to underpin Growth and Economic Development strategies, policies and interventions and allow the impacts and outputs of our activities to be measured.

Workforce Development - improving skills attainment amongst employees and our future workforce, 14-19 year olds, improving graduate retention rates and career opportunities to retain skills and knowledge within the county.

Partnerships – harnessing and developing productive and effective partnerships, building solid relationships with key organisations and businesses, maximising scare resources and delivering activity that has real impact and benefits.

Funding – accessing new sources of funding to support the delivery of economic development priorities, including EU funding opportunities