Progressive Somerset

Somerset has a healthy mix of new and well-established companies operating at the cutting edge of their respective industries.

These businesses rise to the challenges presented by their global customers and continue to draw on the high quality of indigenous skills and standards developed over generations. They include businesses in advanced and aeronautical engineering; creative industries; business services; food and drink; energy and environmental services and tourism and leisure.

Some of the best people in these industries are attracted to Somerset by our powerful blend of traditional skills and contemporary thinking.

Among the famous names are:

  • Clarks Shoes – leading world footwear manufacturer
  • AgustaWestland – top helicopter manufacturer
  • Numatic – creators of the Henry Vacuum Cleaner
  • Yeo Valley –  manufacturers of 25% of UK yoghurt
  • Gerber Foods – makers of soft drinks
  • Mulberry  – luxury fashion
  • Robert Wiseman Dairies – national milk processors
  • Ariel cars – the fastest-accelerating cars in the world

Many highly-regarded Somerset food and drink companies, such as The Bay Tree Food Company and James Chocolates are producing food of the highest quality. Gaymer’s, Thatchers, Sheppy’s, Perry’s and Burrow Hill cider companies, have enhanced their product ranges, creating a growing status as premium brands that appeal to discerning, high-end consumers.

In a similar way, award-winning Cheddar cheese makers, Maryland, Westcombe, Montgomery, Wyke Farms, Green’s and Brown & Forest, are all creating niches, either as elite brands or popular, mass market products.