Somerset at-a-glance

Regionally strategic location with the M5 and the A303 running through the county

  • 5 motorway junctions and 3 services
  • A303 artery linking to the M3 and the South East
  • A358 linking the south coast to the north of the SW peninsula
  • Less than 2 hours to the M25 & Heathrow
  • 2 hours to Birmingham and the M6
  • 1 hour from South Wales via the Severn Bridge
  • 2.5 hours to London
  • 1 hour from Yeovil to Exeter, with Taunton to Exeter just 30 minutes
  • 50 minutes from Bridgwater to Bristol

No more than 1 hour away from 4 international airports: Bristol, Exeter, Bournemouth and Cardiff

  • UK internal flights
  • European flights
  • Links from Bristol and Exeter airports to 'hub' airports such as Amsterdam or Heathrow means travellers from Somerset can reach any international destination

Excellent railway links to London and SE, the Midlands and the far SW, and less than an hour's drive from sea ports at Avonmouth and Weymouth

  • Bristol Port Company handles over 12m tonnes of freight per year
  • The Port of Weymouth is less than an hour’s drive away and offers regular ferries to Europe and daily fresh fish catches
  • 8 railway stations in Somerset as well as growing freight traffic including aggregates from the Mendips into London and SE
  • Rail from Taunton/Yeovil to Brussels 5 hours (NRE)
  • Rail from Taunton to London (Paddington) 2 hours (NRE)
  • Rail from Yeovil to London (Waterloo) 2 hours 15 minutes (NRE)
  • Rail from Taunton/Bridgwater to Bristol 40 minutes (NRE)
  • Rail from Yeovil to Exeter 1 hour (NRE)
  • Rail from Castle Cary to London Paddington 1 hour 40 minutes

Cost effective and varied commercial property options

  • 3 principle urban centres of Bridgwater, Taunton and Yeovil
  • 21 other market towns
  • Large network of rural villages and hamlet settlements
  • Average price of commercial property is c.30% cheaper than London & SE

Somerset has skilled workforce

  • Local delivery provision from 6 universities – Plymouth, Exeter, Bournemouth, Bristol, UWE and Bath
  • Excellent FE provision at Bridgwater College, Richard Huish, Somerset College of Arts & Technology, Strode College and Yeovil College
  • Additionally, sixth form centres at Frome College (13-19) and Wadham School (13-19), Crewkerne and West Somerset College
  • Over 90% allocation of first choice of secondary school

Somerset is located at the Heart of the South West

  • Circa 5 million residents representing 8.6% of the UK population
  • Population of SW has increased by 3.9% since 1991 (UK average is 2.5%)
  • SW economy worth over £90billion

Home to numerous business parks and industrial estates spread throughout the market towns

  • 9 key business development sites across the county:
  • Taunton Deane - Firepool, Taunton; Blackbrook Business Park, Taunton; Chelston Business Park, Westpark 26, Wellington
  • Sedgemoor - Express Park, Bridgwater; J24 Rural Business Centre, Bridgwater; ex-BAE Energy Park Site, Puriton
  • Mendip - Commerce Park, Frome; Moorlands Enterprise Park, Glastonbury; Gate Lane, Wells
  • South Somerset - Lufton, Yeovil; Bunford, Yeovil
  • Business Parks and/or Industrial Estates located off all 5 motorway junctions as well as off the A303 at Wincanton, Yeovil & Ilminster
  • A network of unique high quality rural business developments, often in the grounds of historic farm homesteads

Most wonderful rural landscape and market town environment in which to live and raise a family

  • 3,450 square kilometres of gloriously diverse picturesque countryside
  • Average house price is £225K less than in Islington, London
  • Very low crime rate compared to UK average
  • Highly rated hospitals and other health services
  • Attracts circa £1billion of visitor and tourist spend per year
  • Home to the historic city of Wells and the ancient abbey at Glastonbury as well as 21 other quintessential market towns
  • Famous for Europe’s largest and most culturally influential music festival – Glastonbury!
  • 3 AONBs (including two thirds of Exmoor National Park) and 126 SSIs as well as the world renowned landscape of the Somerset Levels and Moors
  • 40 miles of coastline
  • 11,500 buildings listed as special architectural or historic interest
  • 523 scheduled ancient monuments; 192 conservation areas
  • 41 parks and gardens; 36 English Heritage sites
  • Over 350 church towers with working bells – second only to Devon
  • More than 20 National Trust properties

See also Somerset facts and figures

Somerset 3D is the inward investment organisation for the county of Somerset

We offer unbiased advice, help make the right connections for your business, and assist in finding premises for entrepreneurs and companies of all sizes considering new locations in Somerset. We are funded by the County and District councils with private sector sponsorship.