Case Studies

Gooch and Housego

Gooch and Housego

International award-winning company with eight manufacturing facilities around the world, including its Somerset headquarters, where it started trading in 1948.

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Numatic International

Numatic International

The company that is now famous for the Henry vacuum cleaner launched in 1969 with just a few staff. Today, it has 800 employees

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Ariel Motor Company

Ariel Motor Company

The Ariel Atom Motor car, designed and built in Crewkerne, Somerset, is the fastest aceelerating motor car in the world.

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Hilton Herbs

Hilton Herbs

Relocated to allow their business to develop and expand. "Somerset provides reasonably quick access to main routes around the country for distribution of product and access to trade/public shows.

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Filbert's Fine Foods

Filbert's Fine Foods

Filbert's Fine Foods relocated to Somerset. "We've improved our efficiency straight away here, which has given us immediate cost savings."

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Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) - Yeovil

Leonardo (formerly AgustaWestland) - Yeovil

Leonardo (formerly Agusta Westland), based in Yeovil, is one of the world's leading helicopter manufacturers. The company is a key employer in the South West's high-tech engineering sector.

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EMCAS

EMCAS

Specialising in reclaiming consumers' money when they have been mis-sold financial products - such as Endowments, PPI, and Savings & Investments - EMCAS, has relocated to the former Taunton and Somerset Hospital, East Reach House, to allow for future growth.

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Jenny Schwarz menswear

Jenny Schwarz menswear

Read why Jenny chose Somerset to relocate her business and more about Somerset's growing fashion cluster.

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Hauser and Wirth

Hauser and Wirth

Hauser & Wirth gallery opening in Somerset highlights the county's creative appeal.

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Cuddledry

Cuddledry

The company now manufactures and supplies a range of top quality, organic bath, swim and beach towels and accessories for babies and young children, which is sold successfully in over 30 countries worldwide.

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Corbin O'Grady Studio

Corbin O'Grady Studio

Whether in their Somerset studio or on location around the world, their innovative approach allows professional photographers Anita Corbin and John O'Grady to get the best from their subjects and maximises client choice and value.

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Frances George

Frances George

Frances George was set up in Bristol by Sarah Edwards, who designs and creates bespoke, premium quality, hand-crafted leather goods.

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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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Dennis Maps of Frome

Dennis Maps of Frome

Dennis Maps have been working with Ordnance Survey since 2010, printing close to two million maps every year from their modern printing facilities in Frome. They use state of the art digital facilities and draw on a skilled workforce from the local area, continuing a printing tradition which goes back over 160 years. .

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Mundy Veneer of Wellington

Mundy Veneer of Wellington

Mundy Veneer of Wellington is one of the UK’s premium merchants of veneer, buying and selling a huge range of natural wood veneers from across the World for the UK market. It has a reputation for high quality as well as first class customer service.

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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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Haley Engineering

Haley Engineering

William Haley Engineering was founded in 1986 and is part of the Haley Group; a family owned business and is one of the most advanced steelwork manufacturers in the country. Using a state-of-the-art manufacturing process, the company produces steel structures for a huge range of buildings in a variety of business sectors.

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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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Intelligent Enterprise Products (IEP)

Intelligent Enterprise Products (IEP)

Intelligent Enterprise Products (IEP) is an innovative software development and systems integration company based at the Yeovil Innovation Centre in South Somerset. Specialising in Microsoft Cloud technologies, IEP builds software solutions for the maritime, legal, health care, and sales and marketing sectors.

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Probiotics International

Probiotics International

Dedicated to producing innovative research based products of the highest quality for animals and humans, Probiotics Int Ltd (Protexin) was founded in 1992 with Managing Director Toby Lewis at the helm. Born and bred in Somerset he wanted to stay in this beautiful part of the world and moved to premises in Stoke sub Hamdon.

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RIGID Containers

RIGID Containers

With over a 100 years of history in the corrugated cardboard manufacturing industry RIGID containers is able to provide cost-effective packaging solutions to an array of customers in virtually all sectors.

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Business Hubs in the Mendip area

Business Hubs in the Mendip area

There are a range of business hubs available throughout the County, and in the Mendip District they can be located at: Frome – One large workspace and hub drop in is operated by Forward Space Company at the Old Church School; the other drop in hot desking facility is at the Cheese & Grain Glastonbury –the Red Brick Company on the Old Morlands site Wells – The Mendip Hub on Southlands

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Serviced office space in Taunton

Serviced office space in Taunton

Exchange House is Taunton's only shared office space provider. Users can enjoy all the benefits of a professional office without the costs and the hassle.

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Somerset Energy Innovation Centre

Somerset Energy Innovation Centre

Ben Powis oversees the management of the Centre for SWMAS on behalf of the owners, Somerset County Council. Ben introduces us to the Centre.

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Yeovil Innovation Centre

Yeovil Innovation Centre

Flexible, vibrant, supportive office space in Yeovil: for businesses looking to grow and thrive.

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Highbridge Enterprise Centre

Highbridge Enterprise Centre

Highbridge Enterprise Centre is one of the 5 Somerset County Council owned Centres across the County. The Centres are managed by TDA Ltd on behalf of the Council. Here are some examples of why businesses have chosen to locate at the Highbridge Centre, which was opened in 2015.

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