Companies choose to relocate here to become part of established advanced engineering, manufacturing and technology industry clusters, powered by innovative research and design linked to world-leading colleges and universities.

Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay are vibrant and diverse areas which make up the Heart of the South West – the destination of choice for growing companies – proud to be in the UK, Europe’s leading Country for foreign direct investment.

Many prestigious companies operate from the Heart of the South West, particularly within the area’s 4 prominent sectors. For example; AgustaWestland, Alcoa Hamnett and Barden within Aerospace and Advanced Engineering. Babcock, Plymouth Marine Laboratories and Princess Yachts operate within the growing Marine Industries and Renewables sector. EDF is constructing the 1st UK Nuclear Power Plant in a generation and the Met Office’s SuperComputer will enhance the area’s excellent reputation for Agri-tech research. Any company involved in these, and many other industries, will thrive within the Heart of the South West.

The area offers a highly skilled, affordable labour supply and exceptional quality and competitive development sites, offices, innovation centres, and science and business parks, to suit all budgets and needs in city, coastal & rural locations. This is a particularly strong environment for entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses, with many large companies also flourishing here.

An enticing mix of cities, rural and coastal areas ensure an unbeatable quality of life, and excellent transport & connectivity links mean the Heart of the South West is within easy reach of London, the Midlands and countless international destinations by air, road, rail and sea.

As part of the Heart of the South West Soft Landing service, relocating and growing companies can access 1-2-1 support from a team of local experts and grants to cover familiarisation visit costs and unique on-going inward investment support.

Success Stories

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Plymouth Marine Laboratory
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Rigid Containers Limited
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Wolf Minerals Drakelands
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