Bristol is a great place to live, work and play, and the proof is in the pudding (or numbers)!
Not only did it rank 4th place on Rough Guide’s list of the best cities to visit in the world, but it was also named Britain’s coolest city, ahead of both London and Edinburgh. This is largely thanks to it being the birthplace of world-famous graffiti artist, Banksy (with many of his paintings being found throughout the city), as well as its friendly and diverse inhabitants, close proximity to the countryside, unique and thriving nightlife, and its great range of places to eat, shop, and socialise.
In fact, the city is so cool that it even has its own currency (the Bristol Pound), and it’s the place where many of our favourite sugary treats were invented. In Bristol in 1847, Fry’s produced the first chocolate bar as we know it, and Ribena was invented at Bristol’s National Fruit and Cider Institute in 1933.
However, the city is also renowned for its low rate of unemployment and higher-than-average salaries, as well as being a thriving location for various industries, including manufacturing, construction, retail, transportation, scientific and communications. This makes it a great place to base your business, which is just one of the reasons that Rombourne has serviced offices in Trym Lodge, St Brandon’s House, and the Aztec West Business Park.
Want to know the ins and outs of why Bristol is such a popular and thriving city? Check out some facts and figures on Bristol below…
- Bristol has a diverse population of around 400,000
- According to data from 2015, the city has the 8th largest population in the UK.
- Bristol’s population is expected to reach half a million by 2027.
- In terms of driving distance, Bristol is 117 miles from London, and 44 miles from Cardiff.
- Travelling from Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington by train takes just under 2 hours.
- In 2017, The Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide named Bristol the best UK city to live in.
- It was named one of the 10 happiest cities to work in Britain by The Guardian in 2016.
- As of last year, over 17,500 businesses are based in Bristol.
- Bristol’s technology sector is now worth £8.2bn (and is only behind London’s and Reading’s).
- Bristol ranked 2nd in the Start-Up Cities Index
- Around 2,795 new start-ups were launched in Bristol in the year 2016.
- In 2016, the unemployment rate was just 7% in the South West (including Bristol).
- The financial services sector employs 59,000 people in the city.
- In 2015, Bristol was the 1st city in the UK to be awarded the status of European Green Capital.
- This year, it was reported that over 80 people a week are moving from London to Bristol.
- 35% of the world’s nature programming is created in Bristol.