"Bristol is developing the creative people and networks critical to economically successful city-regions." Stephen Peacock, Director of Enterprise and Innovation at SWRDA.
Bristol is internationally recognised as a premier UK city-region and capital of the South West.
The city ranks amongst the most attractive, successful and culturally prestigious cities in the UK and enjoys a rising profile within Europe, USA, China, Japan and other countries.
This is due to the City's world-class knowledge economy based on aerospace, defence, engineering, ICT and electronics, financial services, media, creative and environmental industries, and the global reach of its four outstanding universities.
The Bristol economy has been relatively resilient during the recession and will return to growth quickly as a centre for those sectors of the economy set to blossom in coming years. The significance of Bristol’s contribution to future UK economic growth is highlighted by the fact that, outside of London, Bristol produced the highest level of private sector employment growth in England between 1998–2008 (Centre for Cities, 2010).
A diverse and consistently buoyant economy is evidenced by the fact that Bristol has the most competitive and productive economy of any large English city outside of London according to the UK Competitiveness Index 2010 and ONS
World class companies established here include Airbus UK, Rolls Royce, Aardman Animations, BBC, Royal Bank of Scotland, Halifax Bank of Scotland, AXA, Toshiba Research Europe, Lloyds TSB, Bank of Ireland, Orange, Hewlett Packard and Garrad Hassan.
Please contact the Economy Enterprise & Inclusion Team of Bristol City Council for further information on the Bristol economy.
Tel: +44(0)117 92 22928