Bristol and its surrounding areas are home to the fastest growing digital hubs in the South West of England, so you don’t have to be in London to find examples of thriving tech communities in Britain. This area is the UK’s fastest-growing ‘globally significant’ tech cluster outside of London.
Whilst London is a leading place for innovation and has seen some truly great companies form, Bristol too boasts connections to some of the biggest names in technology and it is obvious that Bristol (and nearby Bath) have a big part to play in the UK’s tech boom.
Bristol has always had associations with technology, with it's vibrant microelectronics industry. It is now the UK base for tech giant HP.
Technology in Bristol has already given the world “Wallace & Gromit”, “Concorde” and “Ribena”, and now a groundbreaking report has confirmed the city is still leading the way when it comes to technological innovation.
There are more people employed in the digital sector in Bristol and Bath than in any other regional area, according to the “Tech Nation” report. More than 61,653 people work in digital jobs in the Bristol and Bath region, second only to London.
Moreover, the city has the highest number of entrepreneurs per head in the UK.
Entrepreneurs in Bristol have come up with everything from Airbus to Fry’s Chocolate, and now they have turned their attention to the internet.
Bristol and Bath at a glance:
- More than 500m users view digital content produced in Bristol and Bath every month
- Named as the only fast-growing, globally-significant tech cluster in UK outside London in 2014 (McKinsey & Co/Centre for Cities)
- Bristol was recently chosen to host a testbed for cutting-edge Future Cities technology, including driverless cars
- 25 per cent of all natural history TV production comes out of Bristol and Bath
- Over 1bn TV set top boxes around the world are powered by microchips from Bristol and Bath
- Home to four leading universities and “SETsquared”, Europe’s number one business incubator (University Business Incubator Index)
- Home to the most productive financial and professional services sector in the UK outside London and Edinburgh, representing 25 per cent of Bristol’s economic output.
- One third of FTSE 100 companies have a base in the area
- Highest number of entrepreneurs per capita
- Home to the largest aerospace cluster in the UK
- Bristol was ranked the best place to live in UK by The Sunday Times, 2014
- Bristol was the first UK city to be granted European Green Capital status
- Named as one of the top ten city regions in Europe by The Financial Times, 2014
- Highest performing ‘Core City’ region in England