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.

Advice for Dartmoor businesses (COVID-19)

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

Government statements on movement and travel, and business closures will impact our communities and business, but must be adhered to. Information on how this should be considered on Dartmoor is set out on the Coronavirus Update Page.

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 current situation.

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 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

Business Impact Survey

Round 3 (Summer Review) of the Business Impact survey has now closed. In this round we gathered information on the summer season of Dartmoor businesses, and their plans heading into the winter. The deadline for completing the survey was Wednesday 14th October. A summary of the responses is now available:

Business Survey 3 Results

Many businesses on Dartmoor are adjusting rapidly, some struggling to keep going, and may face an uncertain future. Whilst there is a lot of information at a regional and national level about the impact of lockdown, we also need to understand how Dartmoor is really affected, and the challenges ahead as you see them.

Round 1 of the Business Impact Survey was open in mid-May 2020. An overview of the results is published here. An infographic of the key results is also available.

The more responses we get, the better picture we have and the stronger case we can build to get the support Dartmoor needs.

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

Local Response

Many businesses are demonstrating how adaptable, creative and resilient they are, supporting their local communities and protecting their employees in these difficult times. More detailed information on the measures described above is available on Local Authority websites. There are links to these below.

Planning for recovery

We have postponed the Moor Otters Arts Trail until later in the year. We hope to re-launch it as part of our business support recovery plan as and when restrictions are lifted.

We recognise that there will be a lot of work ahead to support our communities and businesses as restrictions begin to lift.  Please contact us, and share with us your thoughts and ideas on

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