Major Business Sectors

 

Wiltshire’s economy is as innovative as it is diverse, hosting world class companies in a range of sectors and internationally recognised research and development organisations.

The county prides itself on nurturing an innovative and productive environment, with high growth companies developing the latest scientific, technological, medical and creative breakthroughs in both the UK and the world.

Key sectors range from advanced manufacturing, ICT and logistics and life sciences, to food and drink, renewable energy and tourism. Wiltshire is also particular strong in the defence and pharmaceutical sectors.

Wiltshire has a strong entrepreneurial spirit with excellent business start-up and survival rates, the result of an  environment conducive to business development, the available workforce, an entrepreneurial spirit and the quality of life that can be achieved in the area.

There is an active and supportive business networking scene in the county supported by the local Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and sector associations and their networks.  

Wiltshire is also looking much further ahead, undertaking regeneration projects in Wiltshire's towns and cities to ensure Wiltshire adapts to the demand of a growing economy and shapes an exciting future providing opportunities for further development.  Chippenham Vision, Transforming Trowbridge and Salisbury Vision are examples of this progressive approach.

Key Statistics 
Population: 459,800
Workforce: 227,700
Avg. wage rates (week): £508.90
Avg. office rent (sqft/annum): £5.00
Avg. industrial rent (sqft/annum): £8.80