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South Hams Coastal Community Team given £10k to improve the local economy

The South Hams Coastal Community Team is one of 28 Coastal Community Teams to have been set up around the UK in a Government backed plan to revitalise the nation’s coastal communities. Each Coastal Community Team has been allocated around £10,000 to develop a plan to boost jobs, develop economic growth and rejuvenate the local area. On the South Hams Team are representatives of the South Devon Coastal Local Action Group, local business organisations, South Hams District Council, town councils and harbour boards, along with people representing the agriculture, fishing and tourism sectors.

Coastal Communities Minister Andrew Percy said, “The Great British Coast has enormous potential and we’re determined to see it thrive all year round. By 2020 we’ll have invested nearly a quarter of a billion pounds in our seaside areas providing thousands of jobs, training places and opportunities along the shore. Now we are backing another 28 coastal communities with cash and urging them to take back control of their own economic futures. We want to see radical plans of action and I’d urge these new coastal community teams to go out and create a further wave of enthusiasm along the shore.”

The South Hams Coastal Community Team’s first job will be to develop an Economic Plan, focusing on the key economic issues facing the area and setting out priorities for enabling economic growth. The Team will be assisted in this task by the DR Company, which has extensive experience in this field.  Between 2012 and 2015 the DR Company successfully coordinated a partnership involving South Hams District Council, South Devon Coastal Local Action Group and representatives of the fishing industry in South Devon to plan and implement a South Devon Fishing Industry Development Programme (SDFID) which helped grow business turnover, promote local fishing, increase sales of seafood and sustain local jobs.

John Yeoman, Chair of the South Devon Local Action Group said: ”I’m really pleased that a strong team has come together to help support the local economy.  Our previous work has shown that by working together we can pull in funds to make a real difference in the area. “

 To find out more about Coastal Communities Teams, visit www.drcompany.co.uk/coastalcommunities. For further detail on the work of the SDFID visit http://drcompany.co.uk/south-devon-fishing-industry-development-initiative/