Companies choose to relocate here to become part of established advanced engineering, manufacturing and hi-tech 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.

This is a particularly strong environment for entrepreneurs and small to medium-sized businesses, with many large companies also flourishing here.
Prestigious companies operating from the Heart of the South West, include:

  • Leonardo Helicopters, Arconic and Barden within Aerospace and Advanced Engineering.
  • Babcock, Plymouth Marine Laboratories and Princess Yachts operate within the growing Marine Industries and Renewables sector.
  • EDFEnergy is constructing the 1st UK Nuclear Power Plant in a generation.
  • The Met Office’s SuperComputer will enhance the area’s excellent reputation for Agritech research and innovation.

The area offers a highly skilled, affordable labour supply and exceptional quality and competitive development sites, offices, innovation centres, Enterprise Zones and a Food Enterprise Zone. Enterprise Zones offer simplified planning and business support and incentives, find out more in the Business Support section.

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. Please see the Business Support section for details.

Success Stories

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Plymouth Marine Laboratory
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Rigid Containers Limited
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Effect Photonics BV
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