23 September 2019/ rent_commercial_property_guide

5 commercial property hotspots in the West Country

The West Country might be better known for its rolling fields, endless varieties of cider and its stunning coastlines, but it’s also a buzzing business destination. From the media offices of Bristol to the spacious industrial units of Swindon to the leisure properties of Barnstaple, businesses of all varieties flourish in the West Country. It’s well connected by rail, with services running direct from London to Bristol and then beyond both south and north and road, with the M4 and M5 connecting the region to the capital and its key cities to each other. Check out our take on the best places for commercial property in the West Country.


London’s edgier, up-coming alternative, Bristol is a key destination for many industries including media, engineering and technology. The port city has been a key shipping destination for centuries, with the Avonmouth area welcoming more than 12 million tonnes of goods each year. Aerospace is also a massive industry in the city, with Airbus, Boeing and Rolls Royce all having a large presence. It’s also a leading shopping destination, with shopping centres like Cabot Circus and Cribbs Causeway attracting millions of visitors each year. Explore Bristol’s commercial properties here.



Swindon is home to many manufacturing and distribution companies, making it the ideal place for industrial businesses to base themselves. The town also developed into a hub for IT companies during the development of 3G and 4G mobile networks. It’s also well-located for those who need to regularly travel to London, as it’s just an hour’s train journey from Paddington station, but has far lower rental rates than the capital and the towns that directly surround it. Take a look through our wide range of commercial properties here.

3 Newbridge Square


Situated at the mouth of the River Taw, Barnstaple is one of Devon’s busiest towns. It attracts visitors from the nearby seaside resorts looking to visit the busy shops, historic markets and vibrant bars. Despite its growth over the years, the town has managed to retain plenty of quaint charm, with period buildings and colourful floral displays dotted across Barnstaple. Whether you’re looking to open a seaside boutique or base your business in sunny Devon, check out our commercial properties in Barnstaple here.  

Green Lanes Shopping Centre


Exeter has been named as one of the top 10 most profitable places to base a business in the UK. It’s not surprising, as its rich academic landscape and lively town centre make it an excellent place to choose for your company. Despite being close to the coast, the city is more evergreen than other towns nearby with tourism making up just 7% of employment opportunities. Check out our commercial properties in Exeter.

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Located on the coast of southwest Devon, Plymouth has a strong maritime history and is where the Royal Navy is largely based. In fact, Devonport Dockyard accounts for 10% of Plymouth’s income alone, due to its unique nuclear submarine refitting facilities. The city is also one of the top five retail destinations in the south west, thanks to popular shopping centres like Drake’s Circus. Scroll through our commercial properties in Plymouth here.

Drake Circus Leisure