It is well recognised that there are sectors of business that are thriving in Bristol and the surrounding areas. A large proportion of Bristol's business strengths are based on science and engineering. We should also mention that academia employs a large number of people in Bristol and Bath, with our four large, well renowned, universities.
The technology sectors that are particularly strong in Bristol are:
Advanced Manufacturing: Largely based on the aerospace industry which has long had a stronghold in Bristol. Bristol was granted a technology innovation centre in the form of the National Composites Centre, based on the advanced manufacturing strengths in the area
Microelectronics: Bristol is the locus of a large number of silicon design companies, the designs, born in Bristol, are used in most electronics equipment.
Biosciences and medical: Bristol has great academic strengths in biosciences which have moved into business.
Environmental: Most areas of the world have a growing environmental sector, based on the global need to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce the effects of climate change. Bristol's advanced engineering strengths and wide-scale environmental conscience makes it well placed to be at the forefront of the clean tech revolution.
Creative Industries: Bristol and Bath have large, diverse creative sectors, of particular interest is the overlap of design and technology.
Science Communication: A large proportion of the world's natural history production takes place in Bristol, we also have a number of world class science communicators.