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Living And Working In Bristol

Joanna Clare

Bristol, a city and county, lies in the hilly south west of England, situated on the River Avon and is bordered by both Gloucestershire and Somerset. With a large population, it is 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. It is a little less than 120 miles from London.

In the past, Bristol was a well known and established trade centre for a variety of goods which were both imported and exported but now Bristol's economy has been transformed with a strong emphasis on financial, I.T., creative media, technology, defence, electronics and aerospace engineering. Bristol has the strongest digital media supply chain outside of London. It is a fantastic city for fresh enterprise and has been named as the best business incubator in the world. Last year, the former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, visited in person to the Rolls Royce site in Bristol to meet with engineers from the naval and defence facilities who are leading towards net zero carbon emissions.

Bristol has its own airport offering around 130 domestic and international destinations.  

This year, it has been voted as the best city to take a short break and with millions of visitors each year, Bristol has one of the largest visitor economies in the UK worth billions of pounds.

Bristol was the first city to be named European Green Capital and is committed to promoting clean methods of transport and energy. It was also the first ‘cycling city’ in the UK which actively encourages cycling and even has its own Bicycle Mayor.

Despite all the technology, Bristol offers plenty of history such as Bristol Museum and Art gallery, Bristol Cathedral, Clifton Suspension Bridge, Brunel’s SS Great Britain which dates back to the mid 1800’s and the century old Calbot Tower. There are so many more historical and heritage sites in this wonderful city just waiting to be explored. You can find tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle by visiting one of the many quieter areas like Castle Park, Brandon Hill Park, Troopers Hill Nature Reserve and Snuff Mills with its beautifully relaxing water feature.

Bristol's 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 water sports with the exciting Millenium Square situated nearby.

As you would expect from a city of this calibre, there are two world class universities here. The University of Bristol and The University of the West of England both offer highly regarded courses and fantastic opportunities.

In recent years due to people assessing their lifestyle and initiating changes, Bristol has seen a staggering demand for properties and one area last year was voted as the strongest sellers market by Rightmove with the South West having seen the largest increase in property prices in the whole of the UK.

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 pretty villages, ancient farmland and forest trails all set in charming countryside.

Looking for a Career in Bristol? We are hosting a careers fair at Bristol Novotel Centre on Wednesday 26th October, between the times of 10am-2pm. Ours event are completely free for jobseekers and are a great way to meet hiring companies around the city. Find out more here!

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