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 features most major national stores including John Lewis, has been refreshed with the opening of eight new restaurants within the Guildhall Shopping and Dining Centre.
Preliminary works on the redevelopment of Exeter Bus and Coach Station site are due to start mid 2018. The council has planning permission to create a new bus station and a new leisure complex called St Sidwell’s Point. Future uses for the rest of the site are being considered.
Ikea is due to open its new store on the outskirts of Exeter’s city centre, near the Sandy Park Stadium, on May 1.