Our investment in the city centre has helped to support a strong high street against a difficult national picture. It is our priority to keep retail within the heart of the city as well as supporting our district shopping areas including Cowick Street, Fore Street Heavitree, Magadalen Road, Topsham, Pinhoe and Whipton Village Shops.
Under Labour, Exeter is open for business – the arrival of John Lewis shows business knows that our city is a good investment. This investment is key to our success; we will continue to work in partnership to deliver Exeter Science Park so high-tech businesses can locate here and thrive.
Creating opportunities and jobs, particularly for young people, is vital to our city’s continuing prosperity, but we must also ensure our residents are able to take advantage of these opportunities. We will continue to work closely with our partners in business and education to support local people, and we will lead by example through an Exeter City Council Apprenticeship Scheme, equipping people with skills and vital work experience. Investing in skills will also enable the city to attract a greater range of high quality jobs.