Business & Economy

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Exmoor National Park is a living, working, landscape. In addition to playing host to some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes it also hosts thousands of  businesses.

In pursuing National Park Purposes the National Park Authority has a duty to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities, whilst working alongside colleagues in Local Authorities who hold the economic development remit.

We are very keen to encourage economic activity in the National Park which benefits from and enhances the local environment. This type of activity helps to make life in the National Park more sustainable. Examples of this could include:

  • Environmental technologies
  • Environmental land management
  • Traditional building restoration
  • Landscape enhancement
  • Sustainable tourism and leisure
  • Sustainable field sports
  • Local food and drink

If you have an idea for a project or business that could contribute towards developing our environmental economy, please contact the Rural Enterprise Team on 01398 323665 or email

Do follow and engage with us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram @RuralEntExmoor. There is also a closed facebook group that businesses can join to share and interact with each other.

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We are planning a Rural Enterprise Exmoor event on the 23 November 2021 from 4pm to 7pm (tbc) on the 23 November at Knowle Manor. Sign up to our e-news to be kept informed.

Rural Enterprise resources  & support

Our joint vision for Exmoor's economy

Discover the latest states and  research findings here.

Exmoor economy research and data

Discover the latest stats and research findings here.

WeAreExmoor and the Exmoor Brand

Discover how you can celebrate your business links to Exmoor through the WeAreExmoor campaign and use of the Exmoor brand here.

Workshops and support

Networking, training and support opportunities for businesses on Exmoor.

Business Directory - coming soon

Discover Exmoor businesses and submit your own business details here shortly.

Covid Support

Help and support for Exmoor businesses following the Covid pandemic.

Exmoor and Dartmoor Economic Prospectus

Published in Autumn 2015 the prospectus demonstrates the pioneering role National Park Authorities have played to support rural economic development and further outlines investment opportunities that will help to deliver sustainable rural growth in the future.

Economic opportunities

Download the summary prospectus (PDF) 

Download the full prospectus (PDF)

Download the current Exmoor Investment Opportunities (PDF). This is a live list of current investment opportunities that could help to deliver sustainable economic growth within Exmoor. The list contains a mix of strategic and local opportunities of which some are investor ready, whilst others require development work. It is not exhaustive and includes projects led by other organisations in addition to those led by the National Park authority itself.