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West Devon

Fresh air, wide open spaces, a resourceful attitude and welcoming villages and towns all combine to make West Devon an attractive choice for everyone looking for a better work/life balance. Coming out joint first as the happiest place in Devon, Dartmoor is on the doorstep and Devon and Cornwall’s beaches are only a short drive away.  With credentials like these, and a growing hub of forward-thinking businesses, we’re perfectly poised to help you make the most of the shift from city to country living.

Local Priorities

Supporting businesses to succeed is key to our local focus on enhancing the well-being of the people who live and work in our area. Our investment in creating a thriving rural community includes:

  • Enhanced connectivity
  • Embedding clean growth
  • Addressing climate change and biodiversity challenges
  • Nurturing our strengths in agriculture, food and drink
  • Respecting our heritage and natural landscapes

Key sectors

  • Food and drink
  • Tourism
  • Lifestyle
  • Creative industries

Business Types

From iconic family-favourites like Ambrosia Rice Pudding to artisan makers keeping traditional crafts alive, our inspiring landscape is a hub for businesses of all sizes.

Infra-structure / Connections

  • Driving from Okehampton:
    • Exeter Airport 1 hour via A30
    • Plymouth 1 hour via A30
  • West Devon is part of a £2.2million project to expand the reach of superfast broadband.
    • Re-opening of the Okehampton to Exeter railway line confirmed.

Our Natural Capital

  • We’re home to England’s largest industrial UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape.
  • The historic, inspiring landscape of Dartmoor National Park is also a magnet for creative minds.
  • Our flourishing towns and villages are home to a growing community of artisan makers who are receiving national attention for their wares.


  • 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 

From industrial units to offices with a view, find your perfect new location:

Economic Development / Business Support Contacts:

Our Place & Enterprise team is here to help your business thrive:
Website: West Devon – Business

Some of our outstanding businesses

Be inspired by other companies like yours who have forged success in West Devon

A full range of British milk-based puddings

Forthglade Natural Pet Food

Producers of
natural dog food

Global aerospace
parts supplier

British Sheepskins and Accessories
Supported by Devon County Council