What is the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone (EEDEZ)?

The Enterprise Zone supports four major employment sites and enjoys excellent transport links. It is strategically located on the edge of the vibrant city of Exeter and nestled within Devon’s outstanding countryside and close to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognised for its outstanding rocks, fossils and landforms. From start-ups to corporate headquarters, the Zone is the perfect place for businesses to thrive.

What are the benefits of locating in the EEDEZ?

The Enterprise Zone is the perfect location for business to grow. It provides sustainable and contemporary business premises suiting a variety of needs, from incubator space to flagship office space alongside new homes at Cranbrook, expected to reach 8,000 by 2031. It offers simplified planning to accelerate development. The Zone enjoys outstanding connectivity by road, rail and air, with nearby Exeter Airport providing access to direct flights to Edinburgh, Dublin and onward connections to the USA.

Why should I locate my business there?

Located on the edge of Exeter, which has a reputation for world class education and good economic growth [Latest news – Results of THE Impact Rankings 2023 – Sustainability – University of Exeter], the Zone is nestled within Devon’s outstanding countryside and close to the World Heritage Jurassic Coast. The Zone enables a perfect work/life balance with adventure sea sports, beaches, coastal walks, national parks and national nature reserves nearby.

What are the four employment sites?

Exeter Science Park is 25 hectares in size, focussing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine. Buildings are net zero in operational energy and EPC A+. The Science Park is expected to create 3000 jobs.

Skypark is 40 hectares in size. Skypark combines sustainable office, industrial and distribution space in a landscaped environment next to Exeter Airport and close to Junction 29 of the M5. Skypark is expected to create 6,500 jobs.

Cranbrook town centre is 5 hectares in size, focussing on retail, services, business and leisure activities to support the growing new town, expected to ultimately reach 8,000 homes. The town centre is expected to create 500 jobs.

Power Park is 8 hectares in size and has a Local Development Order in place to accelerate development. Once developed, Power Park will become home to new and growing businesses. Located adjacent to Exeter Airport, it is expected to create 500 jobs.

Who can I contact about locating in the Exeter and East Devon Enterprise Zone?

Contact the Enterprise Zone Programme Manager, Naomi Harnett, on enterprisezone@eastdevon.gov.uk.

Name some of the businesses already located in the Enterprise Zone

The University of Exeter’s Centre for Smart Grid and VSimulators, which is a multi-£m worldwide, unique, state-of-the-art research facility; Binit, Stovax Gazco, Livewest, Oneserve, Ambulance Special Operations Centre, Cranberry Farm pub. Exeter College’s Future Skills Centre training academy, Lidl Regional and Amazon Distribution Centres sit on the edge of the Zone.

How is the Enterprise Zone managed?

The Enterprise Zone is a public-private partnership. It has a Board representing partners from the following organisations: East Devon District Council, Devon County Council, Exeter Science Park, Skypark, Oxenwood and Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.