The main areas we cover in relocating to South West England are:
Located just 120 miles from London, Bristol is the top 20 of largest cities in the UK with a population of 466,00 in 2020.
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.
- Clifton – well known for its fine Georgian architecture, boutique shops and independent café’s, Clifton is always a popular choice for those wanting to live somewhere a bit special.
- Southville – if street art is your thing, the creative heart of Southville is definitely worth looking at. A wide range of independent shops ranging from food to fashion all readily available too. Handily placed not far from the city centre either.
- Harbourside – the modern developments around the floating harbour continue to grow, reaching from the Millennium square to the latest developments at Redcliff Quarter and Temple Quarter. Each development has its own appeal.
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 and the wider WECA introduced e-scooters to Bristol in October 2020, making getting around the city century efficient and fun.
To further boost its green credentials, Bristol is home to the Soil Association and Sustrans - the charity behind the development of the National Cycle Network.
- Business success: Bristol is in the top 10 of UK cities with a competitive and productive economy outside of London. 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.
- 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. The Metrolink opened in 2017 making commuting across the City far quicker and simpler.
- 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.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) is made up of three of the councils in the region – Bristol, along with Bath & North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire.
WECA also supports the Local Enterprise Partnership, which is business-led, and covers the four West of England councils, including North Somerset Council. Together, their aim is to deliver economic growth for the region and address some of the challenges, such as productivity and skills, housing and transport.
Situated to the south east of Bristol, the BaNES includes the infamous Roman city of Bath, famous for its historic Roman baths, Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey and the Thermal Spa.
- Chew Valley is a beautiful scenic area with lakes, small villages and plenty of nature, yet less than 10 miles from Bristol.
To the east and north of Bristol, South Gloucestershire has many towns that sit close to the border with Bristol including Hanham, Downend, Filton and Bradley Stoke. Further afield the larger towns of Thornbury and Yate both have their own appeal, including shopping areas and sports facilities.
Heading south west out of Bristol into North Somerset immediately becomes a landscape of open green fields. Towns located along the Bristol Channel, such as Portishead, Clevedon and Weston super Mare are very popular for those wanting to be close to the sea.
Bristol Airport, located in North Somerset is in the top 10 for passenger numbers in the UK, the airport. Plans have been made to increase passenger numbers to 12 million annually.