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Living And Working In Plymouth

March 22, 2022
Joanna Clare

Plymouth is a port city situated in south west England which is in the county of Devon. It is the second largest city in the south west and is a fairly built up area with circa 263,000 residents and an expanding population.  It is a little over 79 squared kilometres (30 miles) and borders on to Cornwall in some parts. The distance is approximately 315 kilometres (193 miles) from London.

Plymouth has long been known for its maritime and established military connections with the Royal Navy. Sir Francis Drake himself apparently masterminded the defeat of the Spanish Armada from Plymouth. In 1690, the first Royal Dockyard was constructed just to the west of the city, followed by further docks and then a large Naval network. Plymouth Dock was renamed Devonport in the early 1800s. Plymouth had many important roles in both World Wars, despite being especially heavily bombed in the second war.

The sea has always been of great significance and has prospered from a small town that made its living mainly by fishing and trading to a thriving city which is now home to HMNB Devonport, the largest naval base in Europe. The base employs several thousand service personnel and civilians, whilst supporting hundreds of local companies.

The city of Plymouth has an economic yield of over five billion pounds. It is a highly ambitious city that has been generously invested in and  that recognises its own huge potential. This is apparent in that the city is a centre of excellence for marine science and manufacturing with Plymouth accounting for around ten percent of England's marine industries. Medical sectors, construction, manufacturing, tourism, leisure and hospitality, creative, life science and health care are all expanding, helped by the very latest technology.

Two award winning universities attract the very best of highly skilled and talented students who will become the dynamic workforce of tomorrow.

Eating out is a real treat here and there are some tremendous places to try with of course, freshly caught fish often on the menu and if you enjoy shopping then you won't be disappointed at all.

Plymouth is host to an array of diverse performances, festivals and events all year round. There are many interesting attractions here ~ The Barbican which is a stunning and traditionally architectured waterfront location where you can locate several of the cities most popular pastimes like the National Marine Aquarium and the Barbican Leisure Park, along with many great places to eat, relax with a drink or simply potter around the shops, museums and galleries.

Living in Plymouth will probably find  yourself either surrounded by water or countryside. The property market is fast paced and ever changing yet there are such beautiful properties here and also in the surrounding areas such as the South Hams, Tamar Valley of Outstanding Natural Beauty or Dartmoor National Park which are both within easy reach. The cost of living here is substantially lower than many other towns and cities in the southern parts of England yet offers an unrivalled quality of life.

At The UK Careers Fair, we provide job applicants to find openings and opportunities to find their new corporate home. If you’re looking for career fairs in the UK, you’ll be glad to know that there will be a career fair held in Plymouth at the New Continental Hotel on Wednesday 23rd March and Thursday 15th September from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Download your free candidate ticket here!

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