Economic professor tells community organisations and businesses: ‘If you stand still, you are actually falling behind.’

Organisations, businesses and key stakeholders with an interest in the Exmouth economy have attended workshops to discuss the core economic issues facing the town.

The workshops were hosted by the Exmouth Coastal Community Team and facilitated by Nigel Jump, an independent economic consultant and Professor in Regional Economic Development. Nigel introduced each workshop with a presentation about the importance of economic growth, to coastal communities. He emphasised: ‘If you stand still,   you are actually falling behind.’

The workshops encouraged participants to share their thoughts and experiences of the economic challenges, opportunities and aspirations for Exmouth.

Formed in 2015, the Coastal Community Team has received support and funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).  The team’s first task is to submit an Economic Plan to the DCLG. This document has to capture relevant local economic information and will be a guide to the Coastal Community Team.

Councillor Philip Skinner, Chairman of Exmouth Coastal Community Team and East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy, said:

Exmouth is a fantastic place for living and leisure and we need to plan for its economic future. Surrounded by areas of high growth, particularly the city of Exeter, it’s readily acknowledged that Exmouth will benefit hugely from a focused and achievable economic vision. 

Both workshops were well attended and provoked lively and positive discussions about how we can work together to achieve this.