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Exeter City

Exeter is one of the UK’s fastest-growing economies and home to a range of established and start-up tech businesses. The city is working towards the quality of life being considered at every stage. It holds a reputation of being a thriving city centre, within a network of thriving rural and coastal towns and villages. Easy to get to by plane, train or road its connectivity extends through to a culture of real collaboration.

Local Priorities

  • Clean Growth & Net Zero Carbon
  • Healthy and inclusive
  • Innovative and sustainable
  • Liveable and connected

Key sectors

  • Knowledge Industries
  • Big data / Digital
  • Professional Services
  • Health
  • Visitor Economy
  • Construction

Business Types

  • Over 4,000 businesses
  • Predominantly SME’s
  • Some key national organisations

Centres of excellence

  • UK’s Met Office
  • Science Park
  • South West Institute of Technology
  • Exeter University (Russell Group)

Infra-structure / Connections

  • Major road links
  • Exeter Airport 
  • 2 hour – access to Bristol Airport
  • 2 hours from London Paddington – train

Our Natural Capital

  • The River Exe
  • Close proximity to the moors and other sights of interest


  • Exeter has demonstrated a particularly resilient economy during the pandemic. There have been a great number of start-ups in the digital and tech space.
  • The proximity to key businesses and organisations such as the Met Office and the University of Exeter provides a wide range of opportunities for businesses operating in the research and innovation space.

Available premises 

Economic Development / Business Support Contacts:

Website: Business – Exeter City Council
Tel: 01392 265344

Some of our outstanding businesses

Please see examples below and our website for more details Exeter Live Better:


Leading crowdfunding platform
BPA Quality

Business management and transformation

Building cyber security confidence

RHS – Inspiring everyone to grow / RHS Gardening
Stephens Scown Logo

An employee owned law firm
Fowler Financial Planning

Financial Planning – For life’s financial journey

Low Emission car hire by the hour, day or week
Air Marketing

Telemarketing, business
development and telesales
Supported by Devon County Council