Advanced Engineering

Somerset is home to some of the best known aerospace and advanced engineering companies in the country, with South Somerset alone boasting the biggest cluster of companies in these industries in the South West, including AgustaWestland, Honeywell Aerospace UK, Aerosystems International, Numatic International (which makes Henry vacuums) and the Ariel Motor Company.

Around 9,500 people are employed in Somerset’s first-rate aerospace and advanced engineering 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.

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. 

Located in the heart of the South West, Somerset is extremely well-connected thanks to excellent road and rail links, meaning access to markets is maximised whilst the cost of transportation can be kept to a minimum. London is only two hours away and with a choice of international airports on the doorstep, Europe and the rest of the world are within easy reach.

Commercial property is significantly cheaper than in London and the South East, and even than in neighbouring Bristol. Somerset also provides good schools, affordable housing, clean air, low pollution and easy access to both coast and country.

Somerset 3D offers valuable assistance to companies considering moving all or part of their business to Somerset. Somerset 3D has strong links with government agencies and decision-making organisations at local, county and regional levels. In addition, bespoke services are available to assist companies in relocating, including assistance in finding suitable commercial properties. 

For more information about how Somerset 3D can help your business maximise the many opportunities that the aerospace and advanced engineering industries in Somerset offer, please call us on 0845 1222 066 or email