Bristol is consistently being ranked highly for its tech scene – Huawei ranked it the number 1 regional Smart City in a report last year, and McKinsey and Co found the city to have the fastest-growing, most globally significant tech cluster in the UK. Worth noting by any potential investor looking to Bristol.
But another important consideration for companies or individuals looking to move to or expand in the area is quality of life, and now the Sunday Times have ranked Bristol top, as the best place to live in the UK.
As Tim Palmer writes: “There are jobs – lots of them glamorous, creative, hi-tech and professional – no wonder it’s first choice for restless folk looking to take half a step off the treadmill and swap a dismal commute for a brightly coloured period house within walking distance of work, and weekends on a surf board or mountain bike.”
This accolade is not just measured on quality of life, but also opportunity and creativity:
“What makes the city so special is its extraordinary culture. This is the place where creative individuals seem able to thrive, collaborate and prosper”, and Tim quotes Dick Penny, managing director of the Watershed saying: “It’s a quirky city, and there’s a really strong sense of independence and unorthodoxy” whilst mentioning that the Watershed is “among the many co-working or co-operative spaces that make Bristol such fertile ground for entrepreneurs.”
Tim goes on to talk about the improvement seen across secondary schools – with 19 out of 20 rated outstanding or good by Ofsted – the co-operative spirit which saw Bristol named European Green Capital in 2015, and the culinary explosion which the city has seen over the last few years.
In all, Bristol the Sunday Times show Bristol taking the lead on “creativity, culture and community spirit” – the legacy of Brunel and Banksy lives on.