Which will be right for your business?
Bath and North East Somerset is noted worldwide for its historic built environment and the beauty of its countryside, but in addition offers a combination of strengths for business. Find out more via the profiles below and visit the Case Studies section to find out more about which companies which are based here and why. .
Bath is a World Heritage City with Roman roots and today, has a business community operating firmly in the 21st Century. Home to dynamic, high-tech and multi-media businesses, Bath’s economy benefits not only from its historic past and its vibrant retail scene, but increasingly importantly, from the high-value, niche businesses which operate in the city.
Bath itself is the focus of ambitious regeneration plans and a swathe of its riverside core has been identified by central Government as one of four Enterprise Areas in the West of England meaning it will be the focus of further significant inward investment over the next decade. Find out more about the Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area in the Invest section.
The Somer Valley, in the South of the Authority, is where some of the area’s most technologically advanced businesses choose to base themselves, set against an important industrial legacy. Companies in the towns of Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Westfield, Paulton and Peasedown, include printing and packaging companies and firms working in the field of advanced engineering and microelectronics. A regeneration scheme for Radstock is coming forward in July 2014.
To the West, 90% of the Chew Valley falls either within the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or the Avon Green Belt, yet one of its key towns, Chew Magna, benefits from just a 13 minute drive time to Bristol International Airport. The area has M5 access within 30 minutes’ drive time and will additional benefits will come from the £15million improvements to Junction 21 as part of the Weston Package to ease congestion and improve the general connectivity of the immediate area.
Keynsham, the northernmost town in Bath and North East Somerset, is located between Bristol and Bath and benefits from easy access to the M4 and commuters can be in both Bristol or Bath within ten minutes by train.
It has a rich history as a market town and world-wide notoriety as the historic home of Cadbury’s. The ‘Somerdale Garden City’ as the confectionary giant’s production facility was named, was completed in 1935 and at its height had a workforce in excess of 5,000. It had its own power station and railway, with connection to the London mainline. Today, after the company’s acquisition by Kraft, the buildings are the subject of exciting redevelopment plans and parts of the former factory will be preserved and converted into beautiful new office accommodation seeing the vital employment use reinstated on the site.
The already underway £34million regeneration of Keynsham town centre will be transformational and by the end of 2014 it will have a striking new development at its core. Please get in touch with our team if you would like to find out more about Keynsham.
It is this combination of natural, historical and contemporary business strengths that will be built upon in the coming years in order to advance the area's overall reputation as a vibrant commercial centre offering a high quality of life. Bath’s position is further enhanced by its participation in and involvement with the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership and the sub region’s strategic marketing office ‘Invest in Bristol and Bath’. Link to the inward investment service website via www.bristolandbath.co.uk