With the longest coastline in England, and some of the best weather to boot, the South West region of England is well known for the traditional fishing towns that line its shore. In addition to being famous for its seafood, the area is also the birthplace of several of England’s most famous culinary offerings, from Devon cream teas to Cornish pasties. The UK’s most popular cheese, Cheddar, originated in the area, and was named after the village of Cheddar in Somerset, where it has traditionally been matured in the caves of Cheddar Gorge.
South West England Coast.
Given its coastal position, it’s no surprise that the economy of South West England was built on maritime trade. Bristol, one of the region’s largest economic centres, was once one of the main centres for shipbuilding in England, and its second-largest port. The city consequently served as the starting point for several famous voyages during the Age of Exploration. Notably, John Cabot set of from Bristol on his 1497 voyage to North America.
South West England
Starting in the early 20th Century, the aerospace industry has come to play an increasingly important role in the economy of South West England. Airbus UK, Rolls Royce, and BAE Systems all have manufacturing sites in Filton, and Augusta Westland has a manufacturing base in Yeovil.
South West England Town
In recent decades the region has also been attracting an increasing number of companies in the services sector. Aztec West, a major business park in South Gloucestershire, is home to no less than 120 companies employing more than 7500 people. Companies that have moved into offices in Aztec West include Orange UK, EE, General Electric, HSBC, Liverpool Victoria, and Broadcom.
South West England Landscape.