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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.

Bristol is a little less than 120 miles from London and 24 miles by car 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, Bristol, due to being a seaport, was a well known and established trade centre for a variety of goods which were both imported and exported. Bristol's modern economy has now been transformed with a strong emphasis on financial, I.T., creative media, technology, defence, electronics and aerospace engineering. Bristol has very high expectations and delivers its promises without fail - being predicted by top economists to be amongst the best in the whole of the UK for growth in employment by the second half of 2023.

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, a gold sustainable food city, a fairtrade city and it 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 with the aim of half of all city trips to be taken by cycle by 2030. It also foresees being carbon neutral by the end of the decade.

Despite all the state of the art 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 saw a staggering demand for properties and with that came an inevitable property price increase but this is now slowing down.

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 Thursday 9th February, 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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