Photonics & Electronics

Delivering world changing technology

Gooch and Housego-Torquay-SatelliteTorbay is one of the top five locations in England for photonics expertise and a key location for advanced electronics engineering. It is home to both UK and US multinationals with end users that include all of the best-known names in telecoms, space, and optical systems technology.

An internationally important centre for research, product design and new development in hi tech manufacturing, Torbay has a strong local supply chain, highly trained employees, excellent access to markets and the kind of integrated business network that is only possible in a well-established cluster.

A growing community of international hi tech companies

Global leaders in technology like Oclaro, Gooch & Housego, SpirentBay Photonics, Effect Photonics and II–VI Photonics are all located in Torbay. These companies are committed to major ongoing investment in the region. Alongside these are other smaller, specialised companies in photonics integrated circuits (PIC) packaging and other hi tech manufacturing. This has cemented our reputation as one of the most important locations in the UK for advanced electronics, and particularly photonics, knowledge and expertise.

A dedicated Electronics and Photonics Innovation Centre

Construction has started on a the new Electronics & Photonics Innovation Centre (EPIC) in Whiterock, Paignton, which will further enhance Torbay’s reputation as a centre of excellence for photonics and microelectronics. This is an £8m project that will create up to 220 jobs and respond directly to the needs of the sector, supporting prototyping, test development methodology, R&D and shared space for innovative hi tech start-ups. Funding has been secured from Torbay Council, the Coastal Communities Fund and the Heart of the South West Growth Deal. The centre will be operational in Spring 2019. If you are interested in taking space within the centre please call Jason Buck, TDA, Investment Development Manager on 01803 208799 or email:

Watch our animation of the EPIC centre HERE on our YouTube channel.

Significant local expertise and dedicated training

With a legacy of training and expertise within the sector, Torbay has an enviable pool of skilled and experienced staff at all levels. The creation of a new Hi-Tech Skills Training Centre at South Devon College will provide training in specialist skills in areas such as electronics, photonics, advanced engineering and computer programming at Level 4 and 5 to directly support the needs of our growing local companies and inward investors.

A firmly established business network

The growth of the Torbay cluster is further strengthened by the Torbay Hi Tech Forum, a local network of hi tech businesses, universities and trade associations. The forum is also a member of the European Photonics Industry Consortium and is highly integrated and active in pursuing opportunities for collaboration, innovation and investment.

No shortage of skilled engineers and technicians

Quality of life, affordable commercial property, competitive wage rates and good connectivity make Torbay an excellent place for businesses to relocate to. With salaries competitive to other comparable tech locations in the UK and a pool of highly skilled individuals, finding qualified engineers is easy.

For free, confidential and specialist advice on relocating to Torbay, call Jason Buck, Investment Development Manager now on 01803 208799 or



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