Moving to Bristol – relocation overview

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Bristol is a city located in the South West of the UK. The city is famous world wide for its port and role in Britain’s history. The city has a temperate climate.

Infrastructure / Job Prospects

Bristol has always been an important city in terms of the country’s Economy, and if you are thinking of moving to Bristol, the city’s job market and the local economy will be of interest to you. The city still contributes around £9.5 billion a year to the British Economy, and one is the richest cities in England when measured by GDP with its per capita income beaten only by London and Nottingham.

Although Bristol’s port status is no longer as important to the city as in the past, the port is still a significant contributor to the local economy and deals with over 12 million tonnes of cargo every year.

The cities port status has left a legacy of manufacturing, and the city is home to manufacturing plants of both the automotive and aeronautical industries.

The city has a history of aeronautical engineering, having become world famous since World War I with the Bristol Fighter plane, and having grown the commercial aviation industry after the second world war. The city is now home to large facilities for BAE Systems, Airbus and Rolls-Royce, centred around the Filton area. The most well known production from the city is Concorde. The Anglo-French project’s British part was assembled in the city and the aircraft first took off from Filton airfield (and returned for the last flight of Concorde in 2003!)

In the automotive industry the city has has a number of successes, but the most famous production is the Bristol bus which was made in the city for 75 years.

Bristol, as with many UK cities, has moved to a more service based economy as the nation’s industry declined. The economy now has a large financial services industry, the largest outside of London, employing a large percentage of the workforce, over 40,000 people. The city is particularly focused around the areas of insurance, financial law and banking, and is home to the headquarters, or significant operations of major financial institutions including Lloyds TSB, Natwest, Bristol and West, Axa Sun Life and Halifax.

The hi-tech industry has expanded considerably since the 1980s and the city is home to over 400 electronics companies and significant facilities, including and the national research laboratory for the international company Hewlett Packard, Toshiba’s Telecoms Research Laboratory and Orange.

Bristol is well known internationally and has become one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations, with over 9 million visitors every year, and generating around ?450 million a year in revenue for the city. The recent re-development of the harbour area, and significant local attractions such as the At-Bristol science and technology museum have provided further growth. The city also has several unique tourist attractions and events, including Bristol International Balloon Fiesta one of the largest hot air balloon events in the world.

The port has left another legacy for the city, that of the tobacco industry, whose product was imported through the city and was one its greatest economic contributors. Today it is still home to the headquarters of Imperial Tobacco, and some of its production.

The port has left another legacy for the city, that of the tobacco industry, whose product was imported through the city and was one its greatest economic contributors. Today it is still home to the headquarters of Imperial Tobacco, and some of its production.

Living cost and Taxes

There are no specific local taxes other than the standard council tax which you will pay if you own or rent a property in the city. If you are resident in the UK for tax purposes you will be subject to UK income tax and various other taxes. UK income tax varies depending on income and ranges from 10% to 40%.


Bristol is a well known port city, and grew up around confluence of the Rivers Avon and Frome.

The port complex, known as the Port of Bristol and Bristol Harbour is no longer a commercial port, but the area has been redeveloped since the 1980s and is now home to apartment complexes, retail areas, restaurants and public cultural sites like the At-Bristol science and technology museum, featuring interactive exhibits split into five main areas of science, the Arnolfini Art Gallery and the Watershed Media Centre.

Major airports

Bristol International Airport (BRS) is the largest airport in the region and serves the South West of England. The airport was one of the first in the UK and now serves around 6 million passengers a year. The airport serves destinations in Europe, the US, Canada and the Middle East. In Europe the airport serves most country’s capital and major cities Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Rome, Geneva, Lisbon, Venice, Stockholm and Oslo amongst others. The airport is served from Bristol city centre and other nearby cities by bus, including a near 24 hour service.

Population Density

Bristol has a population of around 400,000 people, and covers an area of around 40 square miles. The city has a population density of around 9,400 people per square mile.

The population has varied greatly over the years, and the city used to be one of the largest in the UK. As population distribution has changed, it has become less populated, but retains its status to some degree, being the largest city in the South West of England.

Bristol Facts

Bristol is the origin of two famous sayings, “Cash on the nail” from the trading tables in the city, where goods used to be exchanged, and “Shipshape and Bristol Fashion” which refers to the nature of the port, where ships used to be repeatedly grounded to be unloaded.

The city is home to a growing number of economic migrants. More and more people are deciding moving to Bristol is the right move for them.

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