Startups in BRISTOL

Startups in Bristol followed by The Mailing Company across all sectors and tracked against national statistics for new businesses.

STARTUPS Born Last Month


Amazingly, the number of new businesses created stayed exactly the same at 603 between September and October.

One of the largest ports in the UK, the city of Bristol has a long history in the shipping industry, and it’s Royal Portbury Dock is still the largest importer of cars to the UK today. In recent years the city’s economy has grown significantly in the areas of creative media, electronics and aerospace.

Large employers in the area include Airbus, who employ 4000 people at their Filton premises, and the Ministry of Defence who have the largest MoD site in the UK located at Abbey Wood, employing over 13,000 staff. Major industries in the area include the financial services sector, which employs around 59,000 people in the city, and the micro-electric and silicon design industry which is the largest outside California’s Silicon Valley and accounts for approximately 5000 jobs.

A popular tourist destination, the Bristol and South Gloucester tourism economy generates £1.3 billion annually and supports 29,000 jobs.

Bristol Startups by Industry Classification

Following the top 25 most popular kinds of business in Bristol for recent start-ups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other service activities n.e.c.50 50
Freight transport by road31 31
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate30 30
Dormant Company29 29
Management consultancy activities other than financial management24 24
Information technology consultancy activities20 20
Other business support service activities n.e.c.19 19
Development of building projects16 16
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet16 16
Event catering activities14 14
Buying and selling of own real estate13 13
Residents property management12 12
Other human health activities12 12
Construction of domestic buildings12 12
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment11 11
Other building completion and finishing10 10
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis10 10
Electrical installation9 9
Business and domestic software development9 9
Specialists medical practice activities9 9
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.8 8
Licensed restaurants7 7
Activities of other holding companies n.e.c.7 7
Advertising agencies7 7
Other sports activities7 7

Top Bristol Startup Sectors

These are our groupings of SIC codes to obtain a clearer view of the new business startup environment.  The change indicators are how far Bristol statistics differ from national averages for the same period.  These figures represent the percentage of all startups, nationally or locally, that fall into each particular category (NB: so when comparing Bristol to National, you’re looking at the proportional difference not absolute)
Top 15 Startup Sectors in Bristol
Real Estate9.75% ▼-2%
Construction9.34% ▼-7%
Transportation7.01% ▲55%
Retail6.87% ▼-10%
Other Services6.87% ▲80%
Other Professional Services6.32% ▲2%
Food & Beverage Service6.18% ▼-13%
Health & Medical Services4.67% ▲54%
Non Trading or Dormant Companies3.98% ▲211%
Management Consulting3.30% ▼-19%
Other Support Activity3.02% ▼-29%
IT Consultancy2.75% ▲8%
Film, Television & Radio2.61% ▲99%
Residential Care & Support2.20% ▲39%
Sports2.06% ▲62%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate9.90%
Food & Beverage Service7.10%
Other Professional Services6.22%
Other Support Activity4.24%
Management Consulting4.07%
Other Services3.81%
Wholesalers & Agents3.67%
Financial Services3.03%
Health & Medical Services3.03%
IT Consultancy2.55%
Software Publishing & Development1.90%
Startups Analysed By Industry

Director Profiles

Honorific Titles

Percentage frequency of different titles used by directors starting companies in the period. We can reasonably assume that the majority of “Mr” are male, and “Miss,Ms or Mrs” are female, thereby giving us a male / female ratio of .

M/F Ratio




These are the approximate age ranges for the directors who are involved with the companies started in the period, along with the average number of directorships held when they started their new business.

Over 608.45%
Under 211.31%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.28 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.27)
Sample Size


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