The third sector (also known as the social economy) in Bristol is a thriving and innovative movement, and an important part of the city's economy.
It is comprised of voluntary and community organisations, social enterprises and co-operatives, working successfully to deliver lasting social and environmental change. The third sector is amazingly diverse, ranging from childcare and recycling services to transport providers and major cultural venues.
These organisations play a vital role in developing and supplying goods and services, new routes and opportunities into quality employment, and improving the quality of our lives in a variety of creative ways.
The sector is extremely dynamic: for example, 'The Social Economy in Bristol Audit 2004-05' found that it contributed £275m to the local economy and is growing at a rate that is 3% faster than the overall of the economy. It is also one of the largest in the country, with over 1,100 organisations, 9,000 employees, and 21,000 volunteers.
In addition, the performance of the third sector in Bristol has won national recognition due to the work of C3, an EU- and Bristol City Council-funded Partnership promoting the development of excellent third sector organisations through the embedding of continuous improvement. Bristol City Council has consistsently supported the growth of the sector, recognising its unique value as part of a mature business infrastructure in the city.
Please contact the Economy Enterprise & Inclusion Team of Bristol City Council for further information on Corporate Relocation Assistance
Tel: +44(0) 117 92 22928