Business

Business

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.


Supporting Dartmoor Businesses

We Are Dartmoor

We Are Dartmoor is a directory showcasing Dartmoor’s producers, shops, arts and crafts, trades, businesses and community services.

The directory is for everyone to use and builds on the successful ‘We Are Dartmoor’ campaign created by Dartmoor National Park Authority in 2020 and subsequent campaign supported by Welcome Back funding as part of the Authority’s wider efforts to support the National Park’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, helped by a £10,000 funding boost from The Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF).

Own a business on Dartmoor? Sign Up!

Dartmoor businesses are invited to promote themselves on an online directory showcasing the best of the National Park. Businesses who want to sign up can do so via a button on the home page of the website for free.

How can I support?

There are a number of ways in which people can support Dartmoor businesses. For example:

  • Popping into a National Park Visitor Centre and buying from the Dartmoor Range
  • Make a local café, restaurant or pub your next stop
  • Buying locally made gifts in shops or online
  • Sharing the #WeAreDartmoor hashtag on social media accounts, tagging your favourite places and sharing what you love about them!
  • Leaving positive feedback on websites such as TripAdvisor or Google.

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.

Headlines for Dartmoor Businesses

  • Workers are no longer asked to work from home if they can. Employers should talk to their workers to agree arrangements to return to the workplace.
  • There is no longer a legal requirement to wear a face covering. The government suggests that people continue to wear one in crowded and enclosed spaces where they may come into contact with people they do not normally meet.
  • Venues and events are no longer required by law to check visitors’ NHS COVID Pass. They can still choose to use the NHS COVID Pass on a voluntary basis.

Rules on self-isolation: As of the 24th February 2022, if you test positive for COVID-19 you are not legally required to self-isolate however you are advised to stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people. If you come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 you do not need to take daily tests and are not legally required to self-isolate.

Booster vaccines: Everyone aged 16 and over who had a 2nd dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 3 months ago can get a booster 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

Helpful links


Funding for Businesses

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

Between March 2020 and 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.

Following this, a new 'Open Up To Skills' initiative has been launched as part of our economic recovery response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Running until March 2023, 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 economy@dartmoor.gov.uk or call 01626 832093.

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