Why the Heart of the South West?

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.

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. Excellent transport and 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.

The Heart of the South West has been at the forefront of innovation in the marine industry, as well as experiencing success and growth in the aerospace industry for many years. The area is now home to the largest construction project in Europe, with an £18 billion investment into new nuclear for a generation. Recent growth in the Photonics industry, with a new state of the art innovation centre opens even more opportunities for businesses investing in the Heart of the South West. For more information on these opportunities see the links below.

Are you a foreign owned business thinking of relocating to the Heart of the South West? Or a foreign owned business already benefiting from what the Heart of the SW has to offer? Find out about our newly launched grant scheme

For all enquiries please contact Carla Modley.

Email: Carla.modley@heartofswlep.co.uk

Telephone: (+44) 07784 361495

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