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 ...


Advanced Engineering

Somerset is home to some of the best known advanced engineering and aerospace companies in the country, with South Somerset boasting the biggest cluster of companies in these industries in the South West, including:

  • Aerosystems International
  • AgustaWestland
  • Ariel Motor Company
  • Honeywell Aerospace UK
  • Numatic International (makes Henry vacuums)

First-rate skills and worldwide reputation

Around 9,500 people are employed in Somerset’s first-rate advanced engineering and aerospace industries and there is worldwide demand for the county’s technical, engineering and logistical expertise in these fields. A highly skilled workforce and exacting standards make Somerset a natural location for engineering companies looking to relocate or expand.

Somerset benefits from its proximity to key Ministry of Defence bases such as Yeovilton, Abbey Wood and Portsmouth, with Somerset companies already handling a number of lucrative MOD contracts.

Complementary supply chain resources

The complementary skills and existing supply chain resources that come from other key sectors in the county, such as nuclear power and renewable energy, reinforce the strength of Somerset’s network of professional expertise and technical know-how.

Case studies

Gooch and Housego - International award-winning company with eight manufacturing facilities around the world, including its Somerset headquarters, where it started trading in 1948.

Numatic International - The company that is now famous for the Henry vacuum cleaner launched in 1969 with just a few staff. Today, it has 800 employees.

The Ariel Atom is the fastest accelerating road car in the world and is designed and built in Crewkerne, Somerset.

Our Customers Say

"We have slowly grown over the years and have never had a problem in finding skilled labour, even though we are incredibly picky about who we employ. Working for Ariel is more than a job, it’s part of a growing family… we have never once had an employee leave."

Simon Saunders
Ariel Motor Company

M5 Accessibility

The M5 has five motorway junctions in Somerset, each offering commercial business accommodation.

Somerset Relocation Directory

Somerset County Council