Insider Devon 2040 Breakfast


TIME: 7:30 am — 9:15 am
VENUE: Melville Building, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP


  • Lizzie Jones – Operations Director, SC Group
  • Gavin Jones – Managing Director, Elixel
  • Karen Friendship – Managing Director, Alderman Tooling


These are exciting times for the region’s largest county. From plans around the vibrant Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone, covering developments like Skypark, Exeter Science Park, Cranbrook town centre and the Airport Business Park extension, to the first marine Enterprise Zone in the country – Oceansgate at Plymouth.

A child born in 2019 will be graduating into the world of work in the year 2040. Insider’s Devon 2040 breakfast poses the question of what the region specifically and the world of work generally will be like for them.

Insider will bring together a range of leading business leaders and experts from the region for a question and answer-style audience debate to examine the area’s successes, challenges and opportunities for the decade ahead.

We will discuss the business landscape in the region’s biggest county, examining evolving opportunities and challenges from the thriving manufacturing clusters of north Devon to the tourist hotspots of the south coast and landmark cities of Exeter and Plymouth, as well as delving into the exciting development plans for Torbay, the robust defence industry in the area, and the growing cluster of science businesses around food security, biosciences, healthcare and climate change analysis – led by the presence of the Exeter-based Met Office.