Bristol is one of the top technology hubs in the UK, itself Europe’s top-scaling tech nation, and third in the world for tech unicorns behind only the US and China. Home to the UK’s most productive tech cluster, with 36,000 people employed in digital tech alone and a turnover of $10.2 billion, the city has seen major investments from top players like Cray and Oracle, HP Labs, Dyson and Strava. Bristol-based tech companies receive the third most investment of all UK cities, behind London and Manchester. TechNation estimates the tech sector growth potential is 88%.
Digital tech underpins innovation across many other areas, such as the growing health technology sector, from advanced manufacturing and design, to the development and production of digital and diagnostic systems. The deep tech of biotechnology and synthetic biology is underpinned by long term research, such as that conducted at the University of Bristol.
In 2017, Bristol was recognised as the UK’s top smart city, thanks to a successful collaboration among its private companies, local government, and citizens to improve the city’s public services and urban environment.