Design, creation, collaboration

Our thriving economy is fuelled by businesses in high-value growth sectors including Advanced engineering, technology, creative industries and energy. 

We are home to SETsquared, the world’s best university incubator and have a strong track record of commercial success in bringing research and innovation to market.

The region is a great place to live and work, rich in culture and heritage, from vibrant, diverse cities to spectacular countryside and coast.

The unique combination of talent, opportunity and culture in the region makes locating in Bristol & Bath a positive strategic decision.

Our strengths

From the traditional arts to software development to mechanical engineering, the Bath area has always been beautifully inventive. Since Roman times, thinkers, entrepreneurs and investors have been attracted to its outstanding built and natural environment.  You'll find that the coffee-house culture introduced to Bath in the 17th and 18th centuries is alive and well today.

The area’s main strength lies in the co-location of creative content producers, technologists, publishers, and engineers, as well as our strong and continually growing professional and financial services sector.

Retail, tourism, leisure, and health and wellbeing businesses continue to perform well here, thanks to international recognition of the area's cultural heritage and restorative powers.

Use these pages to find out more about the range of local and subregional business networks helping to stimulating business growth.