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West Somerset Area

Minehead is the principle town for West Somerset, with Williton and a range of other small towns making up the very rural district where much of the area lies within the Exmoor National Park. The existing Hinkley Point Nuclear Power site lies within West Somerset, and with the envisaged development of Hinkley Point 'C' the energy sector is likely to play a key part in the District’s economy for the foreseeable future. The Creative Industries and tourism are also strong sectors along with food and drink production. Specialist businesses, such as Shearwell Data, Singer Instruments and Miles Tea are home grown companies with an international reach.

There are enterprise units available for rent at three locations in West Somerset:

  • Minehead
  • Dulverton
  • Wheddon Cross

These centres provide modern light industrial and fully serviced office units together with a free tailored business support service providing new and growing businesses in Somerset a full support package. Somerset Enterprise Centres are part of the South West Business Centres network. For further details please contact 0300 123 1876, info@swbusinesscentres.co.uk .

For all details about what West Somerset has to offer please contact Gordon Dwyer on GDwyer@westsomerset.gov.uk - tel: 01984 635219

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Case Studies

Evert and Veronique Veltink

Evert and Veronique Veltink

Entrepreneurial business and design couple, Evert and Veronique Veltink, found the inspiration in the open spaces and unspoiled beauty of Exmoor National Park gave them the incentive to relocate to Somerset.

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Singer Instruments

Singer Instruments

Singer Instruments is an example of a high tech, high value company successfully operating within a National Park. The company has been located in the Exmoor village of Roadwater for over 30 years and now employs over 20 people designing and manufacturing laboratory robotics for cancer research, exporting to over 60 countries across the globe.

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Miles Tea, Minehead & Porlock

Miles Tea, Minehead & Porlock

This is the story of how it all began, from Derek Miles. ‘I started working in the Tea Trade in the early 1950's, in the City of London, first for a Dealers and then for a firm of Brokers in Plantation House, Mincing Lane. My background was in tea, as my grandfather Henry Miles started a blending business in Birmingham in 1888 and my father and uncle ran it until 1974 after which I purchased it with a friend Norman Halls, and we incorporated it into D.J.Miles & Co.’ – Derek Miles

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