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 ...


Somerset's High Performing Business Sectors

Somerset has six high-performing key sectors that will reward inward investors with prospects of strong financial returns and collaboration with a network of successful world-class businesses.

  • The innovative Advanced Engineering and Aerospace sector supports around 9,500 jobs and is focused around a cluster of world-class companies in South Somerset.
  • Somerset's emerging Energy and Environmental Technology sector is rapidly expanding, with more than 100 companies specialising in everything from nuclear energy to power from vegetable waste.
  • The Nuclear power sector has been a strong force in the Somerset economy for over two generations, and an estimated £14billion investment will see the new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point C provide over 5,000 jobs during the construction phase and 900 jobs over its 60 year operational phase. There are increasing opportunities for all sectors within the Somerset supply chain.
  • The Creative sector is Somerset's fastest growing. The vast majority of firms are small businesses, who contribute a huge £314million between them.
  • Somerset's Food and Drink sector is worth more than £500million to the economy and is supported by 8,500 farmers and food producers - more than anywhere else in the UK.
  • Business Services companies - many of which have moved from the London  area – employ more than 31,600 workers.

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Business Connections Say

"Strong business networks are fundamental for business success. Somerset is brimming with successful networks that will help your business grow."

Rupert Cox, CEO
Somerset Chamber of Commerce