Plymouth is committing itself to boosting the construction sector in the city and is launching what is hoped to be the first of many free trade exhibitions.

On September 24th, the expo, presented by the Plymouth and Cornwall Building Control Partnership, will get underway and is already generating a buzz.

It is hoped to become a hub of activity for construction industry professionals, who will be able to network with others, listen to expositions on the latest happenings and develop partnerships with other organisations.

"Planning laws and building regulations are constantly changing and builders and contractors need to keep up to speed," said councillor Brian Vincent, cabinet member for the environment.

"This event will make it easier to catch up with developments. We want to get Plymouth building again. It is good for the city, good for Plymouth's economy and for the families who earn a living from the building trade."

It will be attended by representatives from the Federation of Master Builders, the Royal Institute of British Architects and key members from the development teams at the council.

The city is committed to investing in the construction sector, and will no doubt have been buoyed by recent figures that suggest activity in the industry is accelerating.

As part of its Plan for Jobs, the council has launched a Get Plymouth Building programme, which will help "unlock" land that can be used for development and support the creation of jobs in construction.

"We have seen heaps of progress in terms of developers wanting to invest in the city over the last year and our Get Plymouth Building programme concentrates on the larger developers," Mr Vincent added.

"But we do not forget the many smaller businesses who work hard to build extensions and other household developments."

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