4. Plans in place for the future
The multi-million pound public and private sector investment partnership which works well together within the Exeter and East Devon Growth Point, a 20 year major economic development programme that was launched in 2007, aims to create an additional 26,000 jobs, and is indicative of the city's strength and the confidence in the area.
The development of Exeter Science Park illustrates Exeter's aspirations to have more knowledge-based businesses in the area. In terms of high value employment, Exeter has the second highest concentration of knowledge-based services within the South West, second only to Bristol.
Exeter’s retail scene that currently features most major national stores including John Lewis was refreshed in the summer of 2016 with the opening of seven new restaurants within the Guildhall Shopping and Dining Centre. The final eighth new restaurant will open here early in 2017. The Exeter Bus and Coach Station site development that is currently under consultation will bring a new bus station, a new swimming pool at St Sidwell’s Point and the Princesshay Leisure development. Ikea has plans for a new store to be built on the outskirts of the city centre and work will start on this in spring 2017.