Independent Somerset

Somerset residents have a reputation for independence.

Yeoman farmers with their patchwork of small farms rather than large estates have shaped this spirit over the centuries.

England’s final pitched battle was fought on Somerset soil in 1685, when around 3,500 artisans and yeoman farmers supported the Duke of Monmouth against King James II in the Battle of Sedgemoor. Centuries earlier, King Arthur reputedly founded Camelot in Cadbury and King Alfred chose Athelney in the Somerset marshes to build a base and defeat the Danes.

Today, Somerset is attracting ambitious entrepreneurs who want to run their business their way and are determined to succeed.

Somerset is a natural home to free-thinking entrepreneurs and has the highest business start-up rates outside London of 23 per 1,000, according to past Barclays SME Research.

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