Guide East Devon business coronavirus update - 9 October 2020

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1. Introduction from Cllr Paul Hayward

Cllr Paul Hayward, East Devon District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Economy and Assets introduces this week’s business update:

"I’m delighted at the fantastic news for our local economy emerging from our Enterprise Zone recently. An immediate 100 jobs have become available as Exeter Aerospace opens its doors at Exeter Airport.  These high value vacancies are for aircraft mechanics, engineers and aviation professionals and will start to fill the economic gap left by Flybe.

"Dublin Aerospace Group established Exeter Aerospace at the former Flybe Maintenance Services at Exeter Airport and have stipulated that one of the reasons for locating here is the pool of local aviation and engineering talent.  In time, Exeter Aerospace plans six Aircraft Overhaul Bays in addition to a range of support shops and test facilities. Further jobs will become available as airlines and aircraft return to the skies. Over the next three to four years, it aims to have over 250 aviation professionals working at Exeter Aerospace. In addition, the business plans to establish strong Aircraft Engineering Apprenticeship and Aircraft Mechanic Traineeship programmes in partnership with the UK Government and Exeter College.

"More good news from the west end of the district includes the Council's £20m investment for jobs and clean growth in the Enterprise Zone and the ‘topping out’ of the Ada Lovelace building, Exeter Science Park’s latest building for Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine businesses.

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"We are providing specific and tailored support for East Devon businesses of all shapes and sizes so they can ‘adapt and thrive’ at this uncertain time.  The £40,000 adapt and thrive programme is being delivered by specialists at Cosmic and BIP.

"If you are interested in registering for support and would like an initial consultation, complete this simple enquiry form, or find out more: cosmic.org.uk/adaptandthrive

"As always, stay safe, support your local shops and businesses, support each other and follow health guidance. We can get through this by helping each other and working together.”