The geographical area that we cover is shown on the map opposite, and details of the main Cities and towns are listed below:
The rich and eventful history of Bristol as a port stretches back over many centuries. The original town was listed in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 1051 as a port trading regularly with Ireland. Bristol played an extremely important role in sea trade for hundreds of years following this, but as the scale of business and trade grew in the city, so did the need to develop the narrow and relatively small harbour.
Bristol-built ships were constructed using the finest materials and most skilled techniques, and quickly became famous for their sturdy craftsmanship. Sailors visiting the port would comment on this, spawning the famous saying 'shipshape and Bristol fashion'.
Many of the buildings in Bristol are closely linked with both pirating and privateering. Queen Square, situated near the harbour, remains much as it was hundreds of years ago, and many of the city's leading businesses have offices there.
Bristol has a long association with the ‘green' movement and is proud of its status as a Green Capital. Not only is it the UK's first Cycling City, Bristol is also a Fairtrade City which sees it trading fairly with nearly five million workers in 58 developing countries.
To further boost its green credentials, Bristol is home to the Soil Association and Sustrans, the sustainable transport charity behind the development of the National Cycle Network.
Quality of life: Bristol is a vibrant and cosmopolitan European city - its international profile reflects a rich fusion of cultural heritage, surrounding natural beauty and a bustling mix of communities.
Business success: Bristol has the most competitive and productive economy of any large English city outside of London according to the UK Competitiveness Index 2010 and ONS. Bristol continues to thrive as a major economy attracting multi national companies looking to utilise its diverse workforce
Key sectors: Bristol is renowned for its excellence in knowledge-intensive and creative industries. Airbus, Rolls-Royce, Aardman Animations, BBC, NSN, Imperial Brands, Hewlett-Packard and Toshiba are all well represented in Bristol.
People & skills: Employers within Bristol have access to a 600,000 workforce and the greatest proportion of highly qualified workers of any comparable English city outside of London.
Science and innovation: Bristol is an officially designated Science City and hosts world class scientific research and development conducted in its universities and business sectors.
Infrastructure and connectivity: The Bristol city-region offers excellent access to other UK and major European cities via its road & rail network, Bristol Airport and the Port of Bristol. With the Metrolink opening during 2017 this will make commuting around the City far quicker and simpler, linking the different business communities and faculties together.
Green capital status: Bristol is the only city in the UK to have been awarded The European Green Capital Award.
Shopping: The redeveloped Broadmead shopping area (the South West's largest retail centre) and Cabot Circus (new £500m retail and leisure development) will put Bristol in the UK's top 10 shopping locations.
Bath is a world-class destination, rich in Roman and Georgian heritage. Nestling in a sheltered valley, surrounded like Rome by seven wooded hills and nourished by Britain's only natural hot springs, Bath has been luring visitors with its obvious charms for well over 2000 years.
The restoration of Bath's Spa, Thermae Bath Spa, is finally complete - the latest chapter in a story which goes back at least 2,000 years.
An exquisite Georgian city grew from Bath's ancient roots. The Royal Crescent, The Circus, Pump Room and Pulteney Bridge are among the finest architectural treasures in the world. Indeed, the entire city has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Bath's impeccable historic credentials don't tell the full story. Today, more so than ever, it's a thriving, vibrant city. Nineteenth-century Georgian gaiety has been replaced by a decidedly 21st-century cosmopolitan buzz. Bath offers an enviable lifestyle, with a year-round calendar of festivals, theatrical, musical and sporting events. It's a lively scene, with over 150 restaurants and traditional pubs scattered among some of the best quality independent shops in Britain.
Bath has regular transport links with neighbouring Bristol by both bus and train and is found on the London - West Country train line.
A market town in South Gloucestershire, approximately eleven miles north of Bristol city centre with a population of around 12,250. The town hosts South Gloucestershire Council offices. Thornbury is a Britain in Bloom award winning town and has suburbs including Morton and Thornbury Park districts.
An industrial estate is located to the south of the town. One of the biggest industries there is Essilor, manufacturers of lenses for glasses.
Yate is a town located 12 miles northeast of Bristol, and at the southern end of the escarpment of the Cotswold Hills. The smaller town of Chipping Sodbury is continuous with Yate to the east. Until the 1960's Yate was just a small village until it quickly expanded as a commuter town for Bristol and the industries developing on its northern fringe. The town is surrounded by countryside while within easy reach of Bristol by car, bus or train. Yate Railway Station is located on the main Bristol to Birmingham line.
Once a windswept village of 30 houses, Weston super Mare owes its growth and prosperity to the boom in seaside holidays during Victorian times. Large detached villas were built on the slopes of Worlebury Hill with semi detached and terraced housing occupying the low ‘moorland'. The wide sweep of Weston Bay has miles of clean sandy beach, and a level promenade boasting superb views over the Channel, particularly from the 40-metre high Wheel of Weston. Over the last 3 years the seafront and promenade has been transformed by a major refurbishment, and the new Grand Pier which is now open all year round with state of the art rides and a great selection of food and drink.
Weston is located within easy reach of the motorway network and has mainline train services in all directions. Bristol Airport is located less than 10 miles away.
Bridgwater is a lively town with a rich history, its famous carnival best symbolises the spirit of the town, hailed as the largest illuminated procession in the world, the event takes place each November and lights up the town with music and colour.
Much of Bridgwater's history can be discovered at the Blake Museum and examples of fine architecture reflecting its past as a port and commercial centre can be found in Castle Street, King Square and Cornhill.
Today Bridgwater has a variety of places to visit and a fine range of pubs and restaurants.
A major housing and industrial development is underway close to one of the Bridgwater motorway junctions, creating a lot of current and future activity in the housing and jobs market. Bridgwater has a mainline station with services on London - West Country line.
As the county town of Somerset, Taunton is a thriving, forward-looking town where modern life sits alongside relics of its dramatic past dating back to Saxon times.
The town is the retail capital of the county with all the top names in shopping, eating and drinking, as well as a wonderful mix of specialist and independent retailers. For evening entertainment the Brewhouse Theatre offers something for all tastes.
The town has also won the Britain in Bloom award for large/small city in 2008 - Vivary Park shows off this splendour. Taunton is also home to Somerset County Cricket Club who hosted the Group stages of the 2009 Women's Twenty:20 World Cup and was runner up in all 3 major cricket competitions in 2010.
Taunton is located close to the Motorway network with main roads linking the motorway to the Dorset and North Devon Coast. Exeter and Bristol Airport are both within one hour travelling time and the town has direct train services to the rest of the country.
Outside of this area we are able to carry out extensive research into any area of the UK for you at an agreed fee. We are working as preferred suppliers for a couple of Global Mobility Service Providers for Cornwall and Somerset. We have previously worked on a number of large Corporate moves to Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Derbyshire, West Yorkshire and Cambridge and are able to provide assistance in these areas.