Somerset - Perfect for Business * Up to 30% more cost effective than London & South East  * Superfast Broadband to 90% of areas on target for 2016* Excellent rail links (under 2hrs) to London & SE, Midlands & far SW  * Regionally strategic - M5 & A303 connecting to M3  * 1hr from 4 international airports  * 1hr from ports at Avonmouth and Weymouth  * Commerical property available: county town, market towns and rural locations.  Businesses move to Somerset to grow ...

 

Food and Drink

Somerset is at the forefront of the food and drink industry, with an established reputation for high quality produce. It is a buoyant £500million plus sector, with a dynamic and dedicated network of over 8,500 farmers and food producers – the highest number of food producers in any UK county.

Somerset produce benefits from a strong reputation

Somerset's strong reputation is an advantage for food and drink companies moving to the county, helping them to market their products more successfully. High quality ingredients are on the doorstep, there is a vast amount of agricultural land available at a good price, and the strong, natural link with tourism gives a great boost to the market for Somerset produce.

Somerset's thriving food culture

This is a supportive and collaborative industry, where food and drink businesses can prosper thanks to a thriving local food culture. Somerset residents are keen to buy locally-produced food and drink, and people outside the South West see it as a strong sign of quality and authenticity, making the Somerset location an excellent sales tool for businesses in this sector.

An active business support network is in place thanks to groups such as Levels' Best and Taste of the West, and there is a packed calendar of consumer and trade food events, farmers' markets, county shows, livestock markets and much more.

Case studies

Bay Tree Food Company - “Somerset is very business-focused and has a great diversity of small businesses. The people are generally friendly and helpful. The potential for business space at a reasonable price is good so you can spend more money on your business."

Hilton Herbs - Relocated to allow their business to develop and expand. "Somerset provides reasonably quick access to main routes around the country for distribution of product and access to trade/public shows.”

Read about Filbert's Fine Foods relocation to Somerset. "we’ve improved our efficiency straight away here, which has given us immediate cost savings."

Westcombe Dairy is a family business in Shepton Mallet, Somerset. The business was relaunched in the 1990s to become a specialist artisan cheese-maker, retaining traditional values.

Our Customers Say

"If you like rural spaces, but with a strong business and driven lifestyle, Somerset has it all."

Neil Macdonald
The Orchard Pig, West Bradley, near Glastonbury

Somerset's Food Industry

Somerset is at the forefront of new development in the food industry, thanks to its dedicated network of 8,500 farmers and food producers – the most in the UK.

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