Somerset is ideally situated in the heart of the West Country, close to the cities of Bristol and Bath, and within easy reach of London and the South East, and of the Midlands. The County offers the perfect balance of traditional values and modern-day business success.
The main towns of Taunton, Yeovil, Bridgwater and Frome provide a diverse and affordable range of property, shops, sports and leisure activities. Meanwhile, Somerset's vibrant market towns and tranquil, rural villages offer a wide choice of stunning locations for both businesses and families - with property considerbly cheaper than in London, and much cheaper than in, say Bath or Bristol.
Quality of life for families and employees
Two of the most important factors in the choice of business location are quality of life for families and for employees - and Somerset offers an outstanding lifestyle for both.
Somerset is big and beautiful. It is the UK's 12th largest county, boasting the Levels, the rolling hills of Exmoor, the Mendips and the Quantocks, as well as laying claim to 30km of glorious coastline. Wildlife is in abundance and there are many hidden corners to discover for young and old.
The county's traditional landscape and architectural heritage has always been an inspiration to those lucky enough to be living and working here. Delicious food and drink are also vital elements of traditional Somerset life and our 8,500 farmers and food producers make up the largest number in the UK.
Living in Somerset
Somerset offers quality housing at competitive prices. Average house prices in Taunton, for instance, are around a third lower than similar homes in and around London. Somerset has plenty of tranquil villages and bustling towns, with a variety of housing to suit every style and budget and a range of distinctive architectural styles - from chocolate-box thatched cottages to converted barns and pioneering eco-friendly houses.
Health and wellbeing
The quality of life in Somerset is first class and living in a healthy, low-pollution environment enhances the wellbeing of Somerset's residents. In fact, residents of the South West have the highest life expectancy in England, according to official figures.
Somerset's crime rates are very low - it is one of the safest regions in England, according to Home Office figures.
Sport and leisure
there's so much to do in Somerset, however you like to relax. From top professional sports clubs to grass-roots enthusiasts, you're sure to find a wide choice of sports and leisure pursuits to suit you. Some of your options include:
- Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton - also the headquarters for Women's Cricket in England
- Yeovil Town Football Club - Somerset's Football League team - formerly renowned for their 'Giant Killing' Cup history, they've more recently achieved the feat of promotion to the Championship, but are now playing in League 2.
- Yeovil Town Ladies FC - playing at the very top level of Womens Super League in 2017/18
- Outdoor pursuits, including walking and climbing on any one of the 4 hill ranges in the county, or the more sedate Levels and Moors
- 18 registered racehorse trainers (NTF) and two National Hunt racecourses at Wincanton and Taunton
- Equestrianism at top class venues such as at Pontispool, near Taunton and Stockland Lovell, near Bridgwater, together with pony and riding clubs
- Watersports at venues such as Wimbleball Lake on Exmoor and on reservoirs at Bridgwater, Cheddar and Yeovil
- A range of other local sporting facilities including 23 golf courses; multiple local cricket, football, hockey, netball, basketball and rugby Clubs; Athletic tracks and Clubs; and a variety of indoor and outdoor pools and sports centres for community use.
Culture and the Arts
Whilst the County gains world-wide media coverage every year thanks to the Glastonbury Festival of Performing Arts it's by no means the only cultural event that takes place in the County:
Professional Arts Centres and Theatres at Bridgwater, Frome, Taunton, Minehead, Yeovil and Street, amongst others, offer a full range of year-round mixed programming of live and recorded performances - plays; dance; films. These are augmented by many Community theatres and village hall events provided by local groups or professional agencies such as Take Art and Somerset Film.
In addition there are profesional galleries dotted around the County - some of which take part in the annual Somerst Arts Work fortnight showcasing the range of artists. There is also the internationally acclaimed Hauser&Wirth gallery in Bruton. Other galleries/spaces include Contains Art at Watchet, the Black Swan Gallery & others in Frome and the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen in Wells, in addition to those in Taunton. Many of these have adjoining workshops for new creatives. (below - the Round House Tower at Black Swan Gallery, Frome)
You may be familiar with various locations in the County from TV exposure, including many of the National Trust properties such as Montacute House, or Barrington Court that have provided the backdrop for period costume dramas. Wells Cathedral and the Bishops Palace have also featured considerably of late with a number of scenes filmed for 'Poldark'. There are also some great 'hands on' museums to visit - the Museum of Somerset in Taunton tells you all about this great County, whilst the soon to be re-opened Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury explores the traditional way of life.
Hugely appreciated, and major events on the local calendar every autumn, are the sequence of Illuminated Somerset Carnivals that take place across the County. Newcomers to the county always wonder why they've not heard of these before.
There are some other very special, hidden away, cultural events such as the bi-annual Wedmore Opera togther with outdoor theatre performances at various locations during the summer months. These and many more events can be discovered when you re-locate to Somerset. Check out the Creative Somerset website for all things creative.