Bristol – Nice place to live, fantastic place to work

Nice Place to live…

According to the Sunday Times Best Places to Live Guide, Bristol, the so-called ‘capital of the south-west‘, is one of the most attractive places to live in Britain.

Quite frankly we’d agree, that’s not to say that the big city lights and fast pace of London is not inspiring, but Bristol has a lot to offer people from all different walks of life. Rachel Hosie wrote an interesting article in the Independent earlier this year, which talks about some of the cultural variety on offer.

“From the pretty Georgian terraces of Clifton to the graffiti-covered streets of Stokes Croft and the colourful waterfront – Bristol is a city as diverse as its inhabitants. Famed for Banksy, Brunel and the invention of Ribena, it’s a quirky city that attracts people of all ages. One of the reasons Bristol is so beloved by many is its focus on individuality – there are always new unique stores and eateries popping up and the city is home to the longest stretch of independent shops in the UK.”

Fantastic place to work…

So that’s all very well for the baby boomers enjoying their retirement, but in fact, the abundance of employment opportunities within Bristol’s Financial Services, Tech and Creative sectors means that Bristol is also being talked about as an extremely desirable employment hub, and a serious alternative for ambitions working professionals seeking a new life outside of London.

Bristol is now the eighth fastest-growing city economy in the UK, outperforming Manchester and London. Hannah Baker from Bristol Post writes:

“A new study by law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Business and Economic Research says Bristol’s economy grew by 1.9 per cent in the 12 months to the end of June 2017 and was valued at £13.8 billion.

The city, which was also ranked ahead of London, experienced annual employment growth of 0.6 per cent, taking the total employment level to 335,900. Kay Daniel Neufeld, senior economist at CEBR, said: “Bristol is a thriving city for businesses and has earned itself a place in the top ten of our Powerhouse Table. The city benefits from a closely-knit business community that provides a leg-up for newcomers and offers valuable advice.”

The full article can be read HERE.

Brexit proof?

Not only has Bristol been recognised as one of Britain’s most promising economies, it’s even been recognised as relatively resilient to some of the fears surrounding Brexit. Business Leader writes:

“Bristol has been highlighted as a ‘Brexit-resistant’ city by a leading property economist. Speaking at a business breakfast in London for property investors Dr Walter Boettcher, UK chief economist at commercial property specialist Colliers International, said Bristol was driven by the ‘real economy’ and as a result was less vulnerable to concerns over Brexit. He continued, “While the Bristol economy was exposed to Brexit risk through its large financial sector exposure, that this exposure was primarily through domestic banking and therefore not as sensitive as London based internationally focused finance.”

According to forecasts, over the next five years Bristol could expect to see strong growth of 4.2% per annum in professional, scientific and technical activities in contrast to 1.9& in financial & insurance activities.”

Get in touch…

With over 15 years of Recruitment experience in Bristol, and key clients within some of the leading Financial Services, Tech and Marketing businesses across the city, Cute Resource is in a fantastic position to help you open doors with some of Bristol’s most sought after employers. We’d love an opportunity to speak with you about your career aspirations and that goes for C-Level Exe’s looking for their next big challenge, as well as aspiring graduates looking for their first opportunity out of university.

We’re here from 9 till 5, Monday to Friday. Whether you’re actively looking for work or simply open to discussing what opportunities are on offer then we look forward to hearing from you.

Alternatively, if Financial Services, Tech and Marketing careers don’t get you excited then the rail links to London open up a host of other ‘left-field’ opportunities for Bristolian’s including senior positions such as Chief Yogurt Officer and Director for Hard Cheese.

Heather Pickstock recently wrote in the Bristol Post: “The jobs are being advertised by the Department of Dairy-Related Wholesome Affairs (DDRWA), a newly-formed marketing agency set up by the industry. Successful applicants can expect to receive a generous package including an abundance of dairy-related benefits.

Key requirements for the roles include talking about butter, Instagramming ice cream and pairing cheese with crackers. Mike Howe, a spokesperson for DDRWA, said: “We are looking for the crème de la crème to join our Department. We exist to serve a clear purpose, which is to celebrate the wholesomeness of dairy and the little moments of joy it brings to our lives.”

The full article can be seen HERE.