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Plymouth Software, Plymouth

Making full use of what Devon has to offer

“It’s sometimes been suggested to me that moving closer to Bristol or London might be better for my business. I disagree, and have seen friends and colleagues move away, ‘burn out’, and head back to Devon within a few years. What’s great, though, is that some of them have now started their own businesses here, and have found a new appreciation for the region. It’s the friendly, tight-knit business community that attracted me to starting up here. With everything that’s happening in Plymouth, and Devon as a whole, I’m incredibly optimistic about the future for both Plymouth Software and the wider business community across the region.”

Chris Blunt – Founder, Plymouth Software

Chris Blunt founded Plymouth Software after graduating from the University of Plymouth. Today, Plymouth Software has a growing portfolio of custom web and mobile applications. In January 2011, it moved to its current offices on Tamar Science Park, Plymouth. Before starting the company, Chris lectured at the University of Plymouth in programming, worked for large web development companies, and as a freelance developer.

plymouthsoftware-logoChris says: “I moved to Devon to study at the University of Plymouth on a four-year course. That was almost ten years ago, and since graduating in 2006 I’ve worked both as a freelance software developer and a full-time employee. I’d always planned to start my own business after University, and in July 2010 I founded Plymouth Software. Staying in the south west has been a great decision. The benefits of living in the region are already well known: the rugged landscapes of Dartmoor, stunning beaches and friendly people. We also have a large, vibrant and varied business community here producing innovative technical and creative work that’s often seen on the national and international stage.

It’s sometimes been suggested to me that moving closer to Bristol or London might be better for my business. I disagree, and have seen friends and colleagues move away, ‘burn out’, and head back to Devon within a few years. What’s great, though, is that some of them have now started their own businesses here, and have found a new appreciation for the region. It’s the friendly, tight-knit business community that attracted me to starting up here. With everything that’s happening in Plymouth, and Devon as a whole, I’m incredibly optimistic about the future for both Plymouth Software and the wider business community across the region.”