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Living And Working In Bristol

The city of Bristol lies in the south west of England and is situated on the River Avon. It is bordered by both Gloucestershire and Somerset. With a large population, it is classed as the most populated city in the south west of England. It is a culturally and ethnically diverse city with many different languages being spoken within the city.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
March 6, 2024

The city of Bristol lies in the south west of England and is situated on the River Avon. It is bordered by both Gloucestershire and Somerset. With a large population, it is classed as the most populated city in the south west of England. It is a culturally and ethnically diverse city with many different languages being spoken within the city.

Bristol is a little less than 120 miles from London and around 25 miles from the city of Bath with which it is often associated. The city boasts its own small yet very busy airport which sees millions of passengers each year.

In the past due to being a seaport, Bristol was a well known and established trading centre for a variety of goods which were both imported and exported. Bristol now boasts a highly skilled workforce and a strong and successful economy. This includes a variety of diverse sectors such as finance and professional services, creative and digital media, technology and IT, manufacturing, finance,  healthcare and life sciences, renewable energy and sustainability, logistics and distribution, electronics and advanced engineering. It has been recognised that the city’s successful  economy is mainly driven by the expansion of knowledge industries which include artificial intelligence and life sciences, all of which are identified as experiencing significant growth.

Bristol has very high expectations and delivers its promises. Bristol has one of the most vibrant and successful economies in the UK with sustained growth and high productivity. The local economy is predicted to grow by 8.9% over the next five years which will significantly outpace much of the UK. Bristol has the largest office market in the south east area, after London and is an unrivalled hotspot for investors.

Within the last few years, it has regularly been voted as the best city to take a short break, one of the best places to live and also the happiest city! With millions of visitors each year, Bristol has one of the largest visitor economies in the UK.

Bristol is a former European green capital which is a highly prestigious award. It has achieved the status of gold sustainable food city and it is also a fairtrade city. Bristol is committed to promoting clean methods of transport and energy and it was named as the UK’s greenest city in 2019. It was also the first cycling city in the UK which actively encourages cycling and is therefore one of Europe’s most bike friendly destinations.

Bristol offers plenty of historical and cultural experiences which include Bristol Museum and Art gallery, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Brunel’s SS Great Britain which dates back to the mid 1800’s and the century old Calbot Tower. Bristol Cathedral is a magnificent and historic landmark located in the heart of Bristol which dates back centuries and has some spectacular Gothic architecture. The interior features vaulted ceilings, stone carvings and beautiful stained glass windows with some being especially known for depicting scenes from the Bible.

You can find peace and tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle by visiting one of the many quieter local areas like Castle Park, Brandon Hill Park, Troopers Hill Nature Reserve and Snuff Mills with its beautifully relaxing water feature but do beware of the resident ghosts!.

Bristol's bustling Harbourside was once a thriving dock used for trade but has been cleverly converted into a modern development which houses hotels, shops, restaurants and an assortment of attractions including water sports. The exciting and modern Millenium Square is situated nearby with a big screen and a large water feature where various events are held.

As you would expect from a city of this calibre, there are two highly regarded universities in Bristol. The University of Bristol and The University of the West of England both offer fantastic opportunities to students from all over the world.

Bristol offers the best of both worlds with a colourful, historical and thriving city centre yet venture somewhat out of the city and you'll discover a slower pace with pretty villages, ancient farmland and forest trails all set in charming countryside.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on March 13th between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Bristol Beacon, BS1 5AR which is an award winning venue and Grade 2 listed building, conveniently situated in the heart of the city.

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