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


Total new company registrations climbed from 592 to 623 between December and January.

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

Tracking the top 25 most popular business types in Bristol for recent newly founded companies. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Dormant Company48 ▼-2%49
Other service activities n.e.c.34 34
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate33 ▼-18%40
Management consultancy activities other than financial management24 ▲26%19
Residents property management22 ▲57%14
Development of building projects18 ▼-10%20
Buying and selling of own real estate18 18
Information technology consultancy activities18 ▲100%9
Freight transport by road17 ▲89%9
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands17 ▲31%13
Other business support service activities n.e.c.15 ▲50%10
Licensed restaurants12 ▲50%8
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet11 ▼-15%13
Event catering activities11 ▲175%4
Construction of domestic buildings10 ▼-29%14
Other building completion and finishing10 ▲25%8
Engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities10 ▲67%6
Business and domestic software development9 9
Artistic creation9 ▲29%7
Performing arts9 ▲125%4
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment8 ▼-20%10
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis8 ▼-11%9
Specialised design activities8 ▲60%5
Residential care activities for learning difficulties, mental health and substance abuse8 ▲300%2
Physical well-being activities7 ▲inf%

Top Bristol Startup Sectors

These are our groupings of SIC codes to give a higher 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 Estate11.14% ▲3%
Construction10.36% ▼-3%
Food & Beverage Service7.51% ▲1%
Other Professional Services7.12% ▲18%
Non Trading or Dormant Companies6.48% ▲423%
Retail5.18% ▼-36%
Other Services4.53% ▲42%
Transportation4.40% ▲10%
Other Support Activity3.24% ▲3%
The Arts3.24% ▲108%
Education3.11% ▲39%
Management Consulting3.11% ▼-22%
Residential Care & Support2.33% ▲34%
IT Consultancy2.33% ▲11%
Financial Services2.07% ▼-35%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate10.84%
Food & Beverage Service7.40%
Other Professional Services6.01%
Wholesalers & Agents4.14%
Management Consulting3.97%
Financial Services3.20%
Other Services3.18%
Other Support Activity3.15%
Health & Medical Services2.57%
IT Consultancy2.09%
Motor Trade1.96%
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 6011.82%
Under 211.42%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.29 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.26)
Sample Size


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