Do Businesses Earn from the Students who Learn? – Talking Business @ PL1 Debates The Student Pound

19 January 2017 | College News, Employers

student community - talking business @ PL1

Local companies came together for City College Plymouth’s first business event of the new year to discuss the benefits, trials and tribulations of the student community in the City.

Run in partnership with the Herald, ‘Talking Business @ PL1’ was an evening of good food and questions hosted by the BBC’s David Fitzgerald. Guest speakers included James Deacon, Sales and Service Manager at Clever Student Lets and Adrian Dawson, Head of GAIN Projects and Partnerships at Plymouth University.

“It’s a hot topic,” said City College Key Account Manager, Sean Gibson. “With two universities, a further education and an art college, Plymouth’s reputation as a centre of educational excellence is growing, bringing with it a large number of students from other parts of the UK and overseas, and resulting in inevitable changes to the City.

“The 22-storey skyscraper that will eventually provide 507 student rooms at the top of Armada Way is a prominent example, while the development of the Derry’s site is set to revitalise the West End and the creation of more student accommodation in the so-called ‘northern triangle’ sit alongside plans for Bretonside and the old Foot Anstey building.

“It was really interesting to hear people’s views on the impact of this influx of students and how this has benefitted the local economy.”

The next Talking Business @PL1 is on Thursday 30 March, 5.45pm-9.00pm. The event costs £17.50 per person, including a two-course meal with wine. Book and pay online at

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