The Value of Students is the Talk of Business Dining Event

19 December 2016 | Business & Enterprise, College News, Employers

student community - talking business @ PL1

Plymouth’s leading business dining event, run by City College Plymouth in partnership with The Herald, is taking on a new name in 2017. Talking Business @ PL1 debuts with the hot topic, ‘The student pound: do businesses earn while students learn?’

With two universities, a further education college and an art college, Plymouth’s reputation as a centre of educational excellence is growing. It brings with it a large number of students from other parts of the UK and overseas, 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, as is the development of the Derry’s site set to revitalise the West End, not to mention the creation of more student accommodation in the so-called ‘northern triangle’. These sit alongside plans for Bretonside and the old Foot Anstey building. Economic prosperity should follow this influx of students, but what are the benefits, trials and tribulations?

Leading the debate are guest speakers James Deacon, Sales and Service Manager at Clever Student Lets; Adrian Dawson, Head of GAIN projects and Partnerships at Plymouth University; and Jay McDonnell, General Manager at Popworld and Chair of Best Bar None.

“The student population in Plymouth is growing, which will undoubtedly impact on businesses across a range of sectors in the City,” said Pauline Hands, Director of Marketing, Corporate Relations and Enterprise.

“I’m sure this will be a really lively exchange, with lots of different views, and a great way to launch Talking Business @ PL1. Our dining events are an invaluable opportunity for networking and we always have an interesting mix of businesses represented. If you haven’t been before, please do come and join us.”

Talking Business is held at City College’s
 PL1 Restaurant. The evening of questions and good food costs £17.50 per person, including a two-course meal with wine. Book and pay online at

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