Council plans new role to boost Exmouth businesses

PUBLISHED: 14:54 06 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:54 06 July 2017

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH


Exmouth Town Council is to consider appointing a new officer to help boost town businesses.

The council’s majority Conservative group says that, in the coming weeks, it will put forward proposals to hire an economic development manager.

The council has previously budgeted for a deputy town clerk, but the new plan would see this money go towards a new post that mainly focuses on developing the town’s economy, while still including some deputy town clerk functions to support the day-to-day running of the council.

Members will also call for the council to increase support for local businesses, and take an increased role in developing a strategy for a sustainable economy and job creation.

Councillor Darryl Nicholas said: “While a key element of the role will be to support local businesses, we want to appoint someone who also has the experience and skills to think strategically and ambitiously - helping the local economy to grow in a sustainable way that creates jobs for young people, opportunities for residents of all ages, and understands our need to develop the digital infrastructure of the town.

“This will be an important appointment in helping to ensure the town reaches its full potential and has a bright future.”

Cllr Richard Scott said: “Exmouth has seen a steady stream of quality investment in the last few years from both the public and private sector.

“Companies like Marks and Spencer and Premier Inn have clearly indicated their belief in our town, and this proposal means we can have the right strategy in place to ensure town council funds are used wisely to leverage in additional funding from a range of sources.”

Other measures to be proposed include a review of the council’s structure, to see how the local economy, job creation, digital infrastructure, tourism and events can be prioritised, a review of the council’s events calendar to ensure best value for council funding and the biggest benefit for local businesses and residents, and a proposal to increase the number of apprenticeships being offered by the council, working with education providers to offer on-the-job experience.

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