Tiverton & the Exe Valley
The Exe Valley

Exe Valley Plan

An outlook of the Exe Valley around Tiverton

Extracts from the Exe Valley Plan al local community plan which in the main has been abandoned by Council.


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Tiverton Town

Tiverton market town area economic activity

There are marked contrasts between Tiverton parish and the remaining parishes in terms of economic activity. 

There are some significant contrasts between Tiverton parish and the other parishes in the market town area, notably in the higher proportion of self-employed in the rural areas.  

Both manufacturing and the wholesale retail trade employ around 20.3% of the workforce in each sector in Tiverton parish, representing 40.6% of the workforce. In the remaining parishes, these percentages were close to the County averages at 12.8% and 14.6% respectively, representing 27.4% of the workforce. 

The Tiverton Parish figure is above the average for England (14.8% for manufacturing and 16.9% in wholesale and retail trading). 9.2.6 In the remaining sectors, Tiverton parish has 3.3% employed in agriculture, hunting and forestry while the percentage for the remaining parishes is 12.4%, significantly above the Mid Devon average (7.2%), the Devon average (4.6%) and the English average (1.5%). 9 . 2 . 7 

The percentage employed in hotels and catering for the market town area is significantly below the Devon County average (6.6%) and England average (4.7%) at 4.1%. Further information on tourism employment is provided in Section 11.1.6. 9 . 2 . 8 In the other sectors, employment in the Tiverton market town area is close to the Mid Devon, Devon County and English averages.

To some extent, the proportion of businesses parallels the main features of the employment statistics, with the wholesale and retail trade accounting for 4.2% of the businesses in Tiverton and 6.4% in the rural areas, and manufacturing accounting for 4.3% across the market town area. Real estate, renting and associated business activities account for 11.7% of the businesses in Tiverton and 8.8% of businesses in the rural area, reflecting the smaller numbers of employees in these businesses by comparison with manufacturing and the large retailers.

Most businesses employ less than 4 employees, Tiverton has over twice the number of businesses employing 5-49 employees than the rural area (5-9 employees: 120 compared with 56; 10-24 employees, but Tiverton market town skills and qualifications in Mid Devon is well below the regional and national averages in the percentage of professionals as a proportion of economically active residents. 

Managers and senior officials, on the other hand, formed 21.4% of the workforce for Mid Devon, significantly higher than the south west regional average of 15.2% and Great Britain average of 14.9%, reflecting the significance of industrial businesses in Tiverton.