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Exeter is predicted to have one of the fastest growing economies in the country next year, according to a new report.

The new UK Powerhouse report says Exeter will move into the top 10 cities for GVA growth in 2022. (Gross value added (GVA) is the measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of an economy)

The report predicts Exeter will see growth in jobs and economic output next year.

UK Powerhouse reckon that Exeter will be the South West’s leading city next year with economic output increasing and the number of jobs growing.

The report says Exeter is expected to see output remain steady, at a predicted 3% by the end of 2022, maintaining the city’s 8th place spot out of 50 British cities surveyed.

Exeter is also predicted to see a significant improvement in jobs with 1.9% year-on-year growth, lifting the city from 22nd place in 2021 to 12th by the end of 2022.

Exeter’s growth to a GVA of £5.5bn will see Devon’s capital as the leading city in the South West, ahead of Bristol and Plymouth.  

The report is produced by legal and financial services firm Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics & Business Research (Cebr), and highlights the value of innovation to the success of businesses in the South West.

A key area of growth is set to be innovation and UK Powerhouse shows the South West has the largest share of businesses involved in innovation, at 41%.

This equates to 9,900 businesses actively innovating in the region, with improving the quality of goods or services the key factor driving the change.


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We have chosen Jays Aim and we have donated £250 towards this fantastic charity .

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Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy Christmas and a wonderful New Year


Exeter ranked amongst world’s most prestigious universities in latest global league table

The University of Exeter has been recognised as one of the world’s top 200 most prestigious universities in an influential league table. 

Exeter has been ranked in the 151-175 category of the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2022, released on October 27th

The Times Higher Education rankings are based on the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior, published academics. It asks academics to name the universities they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field, based on their own experience. The latest survey to compile the rankings consisted of  150,000 votes from 10,963 experienced, published academics, providing their views on excellence in higher education research and teaching around the world.  

Results are weighted using UNESCO data to reflect the global distribution of scholars to ensure consistency across response rates, with 19 countries represented in the rankings. 

This is the latest success for the University of Exeter in global league rankings. Earlier this year, it ranked 143rd in the world in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and also broke into the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings for the first time, securing 149th position. 

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) saw the University retain its place amongst the top 200 ranked global institutions, while Exeter also ranked 31st internationally in the CWTS Leiden Rankings, which offers key insights into the scientific performance of the major universities worldwide.  

Date: 27 October 2021

Exeter given £6m boost for major projects

More money than anywhere else in England - for plans around the Cathedral and Quay and Mary Arches car parks,

Exeter has been awarded more money than anywhere else in England for projects that will help use land for new homes and jobs.

Devon and Torbay have been awarded more than £8.4 million of Government funding to help drive economic recovery, with Exeter receiving just under £6m.

Cash will go towards huge plans for the centre of Exeter around the Cathedral and Quay and Mary Arches car parks, as well as for Bonhay Meadows, Belle Isle and Exeter Canal Basin.


Projects in Exeter, Newton Abbot, Dawlish, Brixham, Torquay and Ilfracombe have all been backed through the One Public Estate programme to deliver initiatives which create economic growth by unlocking land for new homes and jobs.

Cllr Rufus Gilbert, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for economic recovery and skills, said: “The Devon and Torbay OPE Partnership has successfully received the full amount of its bid in this latest round of funding, highlighting the benefits of working closely together.

“All of these schemes will regenerate and redevelop sites to open up opportunities for housing and economic growth as we look to ensure a strong recovery right across Devon.”

The successful bids are:



Exeter City Council has been awarded £5,966,470 for the following sites:

  • Cathedral and Quay car park
    • Mary Arches car park
    • Bonhay Meadows
    • Belle Isle
    • Exeter Canal Basin

Exeter Cathedral and Quay car park (Image: Daniel Clark)

Cllr Laura Wright, Deputy Leader of Exeter City Council, said: “This is excellent news for Exeter. This funding will help kick-start some very innovative housing projects which have been identified for key strategic sites in Exeter.

"We need to create more quality homes in the city but, to protect the greenfield ridges surrounding Exeter, we need to prioritise building on previously developed brownfield sites.

"So it is excellent news that the funding is now in place to further progress these important schemes.”


Renting Out Property In 2021: Why Do People Become Landlords?

Renting out property is a big decision and can be challenging. So why do people become landlords? Some fall into it accidentally, whilst others choose a buy-to-let for extra income or a retirement fund. In fact, 38% of landlords told us they let property as a long-term investment (UK Landlord Survey 2021).

There are many other reasons people may choose to let their properties. But what are they?

Renting out an inherited property

Sometimes, landlords fall into renting because they inherited a property from a relative (5% according to the UK Landlord Survey 2021). In 2017, Royal London estimated that £400 billion worth of property was set to be passed from grandparents to younger generations. With an aging population, this figure looks likely to increase.

If they already have a home of their own, many people in this situation choose to let it out. Some decide to sell a home they’ve inherited, but this can be difficult if the property is old and needs improvement. Renting the property out, whether short or long term, generates income to pay for repairs and redecorating whilst the property value increases over time. Plus, if it has a particularly sentimental value such as being a childhood home, some may prefer to keep the property ‘in the family’ rather than sell it on.

Letting a property for additional income

In our UK Landlord Survey 2021, 31% of landlords said they let their property as a second source of income. If you already have a full-time job, renting out a property can provide a steady secondary income on top of your monthly salary.

If you own the rental property outright, the monthly rent payments can be a big boost. If you don’t, the money can cover the mortgage and maintenance of the property. Any money left over after expenses goes straight into your pocket.

A huge benefit of receiving a rental income is the financial security it can provide. Getting a consistent monthly recurring revenue is a number one priority for 43% of landlords (UK Landlord Survey 2021

Renting out your property instead of selling

If you’re ready to move, but the market conditions aren’t favourable, you can rent out your property instead of selling it for a loss. Renting gives you time to reconsider your options, whilst making some extra cash, then you can sell once you are in a position to make a profit, or at least not a loss.

Renting out property as a long-term investment

Demand for rental properties is high, especially amongst the younger generation. The UK’s rental sector is continuously expanding, with a sixth of the population now living in rented accommodation from private landlords. As such, there is plenty of scope for making money from buy to let properties

According to our UK Landlord Survey 2021, 35% of landlords let their property as a means to fund their retirement or pension. Investing in property allows you to invest without risking too much capital, as you can secure finance. The value of your property will still increase based on the entire investment, which can result in significant profit, giving you options and providing further financial security.

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