Dartmoor National Park is not just an iconic landscape, it is home to a diverse spectrum of businesses that make a vital contribution to Dartmoor's success.

Agriculture, forestry, tourism and recreation account for around a third of employment and a quarter of turnover on Dartmoor. These sectors have strong links to both the National Park purposes of conservation and enjoyment and we work alongside them to support sustainable growth

DNPA's business leads are the Forward Planning Department, responsible for the Dartmoor Local Plan and community & economic projects. Follow us on Facebook /DartmoorPlan or Twitter @DartmoorPlan

Advice for Dartmoor businesses regarding Covid-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has impacted business on Dartmoor and has the potential to significantly impact our rural economy.

Whilst we as a National Park Authority are not in a position to provide legal advice or to provide public health advice, we can help share the various resources available for local businesses.

Please ensure that you get your advice from official sources. There is an increase in fraudsters seeking to exploit the situation businesses find themselves in due to Covid.

Plan B headlines for Dartmoor Businesses:

  1. From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings: You must wear a face covering in shops and on public transport. Face coverings should be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and pupils or students in year 7 and above.
  2. From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so: Anyone who cannot work from home should continue to go into work - for example, to access equipment necessary for their role or where their role must be completed in person. In-person working will be necessary in some cases to continue the effective and accessible delivery of some public services and private industries. If you need to continue to go into work, consider taking lateral flow tests regularly to manage your own risk and the risk to others. Employers should consider whether home working is appropriate for all workers, and consider government’s Working Safely guidance when preparing their health and safety risk assessments, and put in place suitable mitigation.
  3. From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption. This means that those aged 18 years or over must show their NHS COVID Pass, or an alternative proof of a negative test result, such as an email or text proof, to gain entry into these venues. There are some settings that will be exempt from requirements to use the NHS COVID Pass.
  4. New rules on self-isolation: If you’re a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant (you will be informed by Test and Trace), you must self-isolate for 10 days, regardless of your age, vaccination status or any negative test results.
  5. Booster vaccines: People aged 40 to 49 can now get a booster vaccine 3 months after their second dose.

Measures to support businesses

The Government is continuing to announce a range of measures to help support businesses during these times. There is also local support and advice available. The following are useful resources for finding grant funding and advice available to you.

  • The Heart of the South West Growth Hub (HoSWGH) has a range of information, and links to government measures to support businesses: HoSWGH Covid 19 Support
  • Coronavirus Business Financial Support Finder Tool - The Government has launched an online tool to help employers and the self-employed find Coronavirus financial support. The support finder will show which loans, tax relief and cash grants that businesses can access. Use the Business Financial Support Finder tool
  • Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership Covid-19 Toolkit to help guide you to restarting your business safely: BBFA Covid-19 Toolkit

Projects Officer

In October 2021 we appointed a Projects Officer into the Forward Planning & Economy Department. Will's role is to build partnerships with communities, businesses, and local enterprise, and develop and deliver projects including the ongoing Community Resilience Project.

For advice, to register interest in a project, or to suggest ideas for working collaboratively with Dartmoor National Park Authority, please contact Will to share your thoughts and ideas on

Mobile Boost Scheme

Are you a business struggling with poor indoor mobile coverage? Connecting Devon and Somerset may be able to help. It has announced the expansion of the Mobile Boost Programme, which aims to upgrade indoor 4G coverage in “not-spot” areas.

Businesses and households can apply for a voucher of up to £1200 towards the cost of one of a number of mobile signal booster options from a registered supplier. The value of the voucher will be dependent on the type of technology most suitable for the premises. Suppliers will be able to advise on the most appropriate option. Businesses and residents will be required to make a contribution to cover the cost of installation.

For more information and to apply visit Connecting Devon and Somerset - Mobile Boost Scheme

‘Open Up To Skills’ funded training

From March 2020 to March 2021, output in Devon’s hospitality sector dropped by around 60 per cent, leisure and arts fell by around 35 per cent, and non-food retail experienced a reduction of 25 per cent. These sectors also suffered the most job reductions, with around 8,000 jobs being lost during this time.

Now a new 'Open Up To Skills' initiative is being launched as part of our economic recovery response to the coronavirus pandemic.

It will provide training opportunities for people working in Devon’s catering, hospitality, leisure, retail and tourism sectors to help businesses and the community overcome the devastating impact of the pandemic.

A wide range of skills support will be on offer, covering everything from digital, financial and operational management skills to diversification into areas such as food hygiene, and other practical skills including customer service.

The support will either upskill employees within their existing workplace or deliver new skills to improve the opportunities available to those seeking alternative employment within other sectors.

The training will be delivered by Seetec Outsource, so for more information and to express your interest in this great opportunity, please visit their website. There's a webpage for individuals and another for employers.

Business Impact Survey

The latest Business Impact Survey for Autumn 2021 (Round 4) is now closed. We will share the results in the coming weeks.

The aims of this survey were:

  • To provide us with evidence of the longer-lasting impact of the restrictions imposed on Dartmoor businesses as a result of the Covid response
  • To gain an understanding of what you require to aid recovery and to build a mandate to inform our response as we work with you and partners into a new phase of economic recovery
  • To enable us to compare results from 2020 and assess the changing position and needs of Dartmoor businesses
  • To provide our new Projects Officer with a starting point for how businesses on Dartmoor are coping in unprecedented times
  • To strengthen or establish a direct line of communication and offer relevant support to your business

Previous survey results:

Round 3 (October 2020): Business Survey 3 Results

Round 2 (July 2020): Business Survey 2 Results

Round 1 (May 2020): Business Survey 1 Results. An infographic of the key results is also available.

If you have any questions or would like to talk or share anything else about the survey, please email or call 01626 832093.

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