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 684 between February and March.

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 types of business in Bristol for recent new businesses started. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate52 52
Other service activities n.e.c.49 49
Dormant Company49 49
Freight transport by road36 36
Buying and selling of own real estate29 29
Management consultancy activities other than financial management23 23
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet17 17
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands16 16
Activities of other holding companies n.e.c.15 15
Development of building projects14 14
Other building completion and finishing14 14
Residents property management13 13
Construction of domestic buildings13 13
Business and domestic software development12 12
Information technology consultancy activities12 12
Licensed restaurants11 11
Event catering activities11 11
Other human health activities11 11
Unlicensed restaurants and cafes10 10
Engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities10 10
Hairdressing and other beauty treatment10 10
Electrical installation9 9
Public houses and bars9 9
Specialists medical practice activities9 9
Artistic creation9 9

Top Bristol Startup Sectors

These are our groupings of SIC codes to obtain a clearer view of the startup economy.  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 Estate12.43% ▲3%
Construction11.36% ▲4%
Food & Beverage Service7.57% ▲4%
Other Professional Services6.75% ▲11%
Retail6.15% ▼-22%
Non Trading or Dormant Companies6.04% ▲383%
Other Services5.80% ▲91%
Transportation5.44% ▲29%
Health & Medical Services3.20% ▲23%
Management Consulting2.72% ▼-28%
Financial Services2.60% ▼-21%
The Arts2.60% ▲82%
Wholesalers & Agents2.37% ▼-41%
Education2.25% ▼-5%
Software Publishing & Development2.13% ▲18%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate12.12%
Food & Beverage Service7.29%
Other Professional Services6.06%
Wholesalers & Agents4.02%
Management Consulting3.77%
Financial Services3.29%
Other Support Activity3.22%
Other Services3.04%
Health & Medical Services2.61%
Motor Trade1.92%
IT Consultancy1.82%
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 6013.09%
Under 211.81%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.36 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.27)
Sample Size


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