News & Events

Here you will find the latest information on news, archived press releases, statements from our Chief Executive, presentations and events as well as our corporate communications contacts.

Warm weather creates ‘perfect breeding ground for algae’

The recent high temperatures have caused an algal bloom in Plymouth’s waterfront, including Sutton Harbour.

The algae is a natural substance and floats on top of the water, sometimes clinging to harbour walls and marina pontoons.

Given its unsightly appearance in Plymouth’s waterfront including in Sutton Harbour alongside the Barbican, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc has tasked its litter boat with removing as much of the algae as possible to keep the city’s prime waterfront looking clean and tidy.

Pete Bromley, Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, said: “The warmer weather has created the perfect breeding ground for the photosynthetic organisms to grow, as algae requires warmth, sunlight and nutrients to reproduce. This particular type of algae forms the basis of the aquatic food chain.

“Some people have been understandably concerned by its appearance in the water however, as to the untrained eye it can make the water look dirty, so the Sutton Harbour Holdings litter boat has been working hard to clear algae and maintain a clean and tidy waterfront.”

Last year, Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc invested £38,000 in a specialist harbour cleaning vessel to help keep Plymouth’s waterfront clear of rubbish.

The company already spends more than £50,000 a year on litter collection and removal services to cover the cost of running a litter boat to pick up rubbish which is blown – or sometimes deliberately thrown – into the harbour.

The algal bloom is being tackled by cleaning crews, and Sutton Harbour Holdings Plc has notified both the Environment Agency and the Department of Public Health at Plymouth City Council.

Algae is usually composed of either phytoplankton (microscopic algae) floating in the water column, or macro algae (seaweed) growing on the seabed. Different species bloom at various points of the year, depending on the environmental conditions.

You can alert the Sutton Harbour cleaning team to a litter problem in the water by emailing

French sailing race returns to Sutton Harbour

Destination Marina

Sutton Harbour will host another international sailing event this summer, just months after Plymouth’s historic waterfront was the setting for world-famous sailing race The Transat bakerly.

The Plymouth to La Rochelle Revival Race is organised by the Yacht Club Classique in France in association with the Royal Western Yacht Club of England (RWYC) and held every other year, last taking place in Britain’s Ocean City in 2014.

Plymouth to La Rochelle Race returns to Sutton Harbour

This summer, the popular race will see 48 French and British classic boats berthed in Sutton Harbour from Sunday 10th July until they depart Plymouth on Tuesday 12th July for the 600km race to La Rochelle in France.

Visitors will be able to view the classic sailing yachts ahead of the race, including the 28-metre long Notre Dame des Flots, which will not compete but will moor alongside the quayside to add atmosphere to the event.

The Plymouth to La Rochelle Revival Race will be followed weeks later by the enormously popular annual Sutton Harbour Classic Boat Rally, this year taking place from Friday, July 29th until Monday, August 1st.

Both events follow Sutton Harbour’s hosting of international sailing race The Transat bakery, when some of world’s top sailors berthed in the harbour before embarking on the single-handed trans-ocean race, leaving Plymouth for the 3,000 journey to New York on May 2nd.

Charlotte Malcolm, Commercial Marketing Manager for Sutton Harbour, said: “The Plymouth to La Rochelle Revival Race attracted hundreds of visitors to Plymouth’s waterfront in Sutton Harbour the last time this great event was held in 2014, showcasing the spectacular seafront setting our city enjoys, and we are expecting similar interest again in 2016.

“This is an especially busy year for Sutton Harbour with so many world-class sailing events being held in the historic waterfront quarter, and helping to put Britain’s Ocean City on the map as a destination for international sailing excellence.”

The Plymouth to La Rochelle Race has been a popular event in the sailing calendar since the first race was held in 1939, the event having been created by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) with the support of the Société des Régates Rochelaises (SRR) and the Royal Western Yacht Club of England (RWYC).

Following a break during World War II, the race resumed in 1947 and continued until 1981. The race was revived in 2012 and is now a biennial event. This year, 48 classic French and British yachts have already confirmed their involvement.

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A pioneering ethical fishmonger business helping to support local fishermen has opened its first hub in Plymouth.


Pre-Close Announcement, Strategic Review and Commencement of Offer Period


Sutton Harbour Holdings plc announces its pre-close trading update for the year ended 31 March 2016.


RNS Notification to Shareholders in accordance with FRS 101


4 April 2016
(“Sutton Harbour Holdings” or “the Company”)
Notification to Shareholders in accordance with FRS 101
On 1 April 2016, the Company posted a letter to shareholders, the full text of which is set out below:


Sutton Harbour swing bridge to close for repairs

Corporate Destination

The Sutton Harbour pedestrian bridge will be closed for three days in April to enable necessary maintenance work to take place.


Renewed and extended bank facilities


The Company is pleased to report that it has renewed and extended bank facilities with Royal Bank of Scotland on improved terms for a three year period commencing March 2016.


Sutton Harbour lock gates to be repaired

Corporate Fisheries Marina

Repairs to the lock gates at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth will begin next month and continue into March.


Local produce to take centre stage at relaunched Sutton Harbour café and deli-bar


A popular cafe is expanding at a prime Sutton Harbour location and relaunching to include a delicatessen shop after being bought by a regular customer.


Call for ‘bold approach’ to realising city’s ambitions

Corporate Destination Fisheries Marina Property Regeneration

Planners are being urged to make ‘brave decisions’ and take a ‘bold approach’ to job creation and economic development if Plymouth is to realise its potential as Britain’s Ocean City and make the most of the Mayflower 400 celebrations.