Why Bristol?

A cultural hotspot

Bristol Temple Quarter is set in the heart of one of the most historically inventive cities in the UK. Set around an historic harbour, Bristol is a vibrant, dynamic city that boasts a mix of internationally-acclaimed cultural institutions, world-class festivals and events and a diverse mix of shops and markets.

An enviable talent pool

Home to two prestigious universities, the University of Bristol and the University of the West of England, Bristol boasts one of the highest levels of graduate retention anywhere in the country. It also offers the most competitive and productive economy of any large English city outside of London (UK Competitiveness Index 2010 and ONS) and access to an available workforce of 600,000.

Commitment to sustainability

Long recognised for its sustainability commitment and aspirations, Bristol has been awarded the title of European Green Capital for 2015. It’s also the UK’s first Cycling City. It’s green in all senses of the word: it is home to over 450 parks and green spaces, and is surrounded by rolling hills and countryside, making it a highly desirable place to live and work.


  • Bristol was the first city in the UK to be granted European Green Capital status in 2015
  • Bristol was ranked the best place to live in the UK by the Sunday Times in 2014
  • The 2014 Centre for Cities Report confirmed the Bristol city region's status as one of the strongest performing outside of London on a range of economic indicators, and it was the only city region to constantly outperform the national average
  • In 2014, Bristol was named as the only fast growing, globally significant tech cluster in the UK (McKinsey and Co)
  • Bristol’s £500 million retail development, Cabot Circus, won the ‘Best Shopping Centre in Europe’ award at the 2008 MAPIC International Retail Development Conference in Cannes and is now the number one retail destination in the South West of England.