Survey Launched into Business on Exmoor


A major new survey into the views of businesses in Exmoor has launched as the next step in the Rural Enterprise Exmoor initiative. It aims to better understand the types of business activity undertaken across the National Park as well as the challenges and opportunities of doing business on Exmoor.  

Over 100 delegates from a broad range of businesses and support agencies on Exmoor met last week (Thursday 24th October) for the official launch of Rural Enterprise Exmoor. Attendees heard from three local companies that have grown on Exmoor, including the hi-tech work of Singer Instruments designing scientific robotics in Roadwater, Award-winning artisan gin maker Wicked Wolf based in Brendon, and the acclaimed West Country Blacksmiths who’ve recently expanded their premises at Allerford Forge. They were also introduced to the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, who are helping fund Rural Enterprise Exmoor.

“Bringing together so many business interests on Exmoor was a fantastic opportunity to consider how we can better work together to support the Exmoor economy, whilst respecting the special status of the area as a National Park” said Dan James, Exmoor National Park Authority’s Sustainable Economy Manager.

“There was a real buzz in the room and it was great to see so many businesses swapping ideas and contacts. During the session a key opportunity identified was raising the profile of Exmoor as a brand through celebrating the key strengths of the area and its businesses.”

The 5-minute online survey is open until the end of the year to any business based or operating within Exmoor. There is an option for respondents to complete a further set of questions after completing the survey, either online or by requesting a telephone survey, to explore some of the issues in more depth.

“It’s so important that we get to hear individual business views” continued Mr James. “With some of the highest proportions of micro businesses, self-employment and homebased working in the country it can be difficult, through official data, to fully comprehend the breadth and depth of business activity within the National Park. Rural Enterprise Exmoor will help ensure business, from the smallest one-man band to the largest employers on Exmoor, all have the chance to be heard and to raise the issues most important to them. We strongly encourage any businesses from any sector to participate in the survey and to encourage other businesses to do likewise.”

The survey is available at, on the Exmoor National Park website at and via @RuralEntExmoor on Facebook and Twitter. Participants could win a delicious Exmoor food hamper.

The Rural Enterprise Exmoor initiative is supported and funded by the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership, West Somerset Opportunity Area, Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, North Devon Council and the Exmoor National Park Authority.


Published: 29 October 2019

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