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South Hams

Catch some waves before the first meeting of the day or feel renewed with a wild swim. Living and working in the South Hams means you can strike the dream work/life balance every day. No wonder then that the South Hams comes top as the happiest place to live in Devon. We’re perfectly positioned to explore miles of spectacular coastline to the south, Dartmoor to the north and the vibrant university cities of Exeter and Plymouth a short trip to either side.

Local Priorities

  • Maintain our position as the happiest and best place to live in Devon.
  • Be the leading destination for new and established businesses who love what our countryside, coast, villages and towns have to offer as much as we do.
  • Cultivate our strengths in the marine industry, agriculture, tourism, and food and drink.
  • Support clean growth principles and green recovery.
  • Respect our heritage and natural landscapes.

Key sectors

  • Food and drink (including the 2019 Great British Pub of the Year).
  • Marine industries
  • Lifestyle
  • Tourism (including The Sunday Times Eco Hotel 2020).

Business Types

  • From international players to sole traders, our supportive, like-minded business communities and inspiring landscapes nurture a wide range of businesses to flourish.

Centres of excellence

  • South Devon Marine Academy, Kingswear.
  • Schumacher College, Dartington International College for Ecological Studies.

Infra-structure / Connections

From Totnes:

  • Mainline rail link to London in 2 hours 40 minutes and Birmingham in 3 hours.
  • Exeter airport 40-minute drive.
  • Bristol airport 1 hour 50-minute drive.
  • South Hams is part of a £2.2million project to expand reach of super-fast broadband.

Our Natural Capital

  • Our countryside, coastline and communities are what make the South Hams special.
  • Miles of golden beaches and artisan coffee shops in thriving towns attract business owners who know that a happy team is a productive team.


  • The new Sherford town development will result in 5,500 new homes and over 80,000 m² of employment and retail space.

Available premises 

Our Place & Enterprise team is here to help your business thrive:

Website: South Hams – Business

Be inspired by leading local businesses:

Significant supplier of
organic produce

Producing healthy and
delicious free-from foods
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Ethical & Eco-Friendly Homeware, Furniture & Lighting
ribeye logo

Leisure Boats and
superyacht tenders
Salcombe Gin Distillery logo

Distillery, Bar, Gin School
and Shop

bandvulc logo

Keeping British and European trucks on the road

Supported by Devon County Council