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 went down from 663 to 544 ▼-18% between July and August.

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

Measuring the top 25 most popular business types in Bristol for recent startups. Change indicators show percentage difference between the two periods displayed for actual numbers recorded.
Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate35 ▼-5%37
Dormant Company28 ▼-32%41
Information technology consultancy activities28 ▼-13%32
Other service activities n.e.c.22 ▼-19%27
Business and domestic software development21 ▲110%10
Management consultancy activities other than financial management19 ▼-39%31
Buying and selling of own real estate17 ▼-35%26
Freight transport by road16 ▼-6%17
Residents property management14 ▼-26%19
Development of building projects12 ▼-40%20
Other information technology service activities11 ▲38%8
Management of real estate on a fee or contract basis11 ▼-15%13
Other business support service activities n.e.c.10 ▼-55%22
Specialised design activities10 ▼-23%13
Licensed restaurants10 10
Engineering related scientific and technical consulting activities9 ▲29%7
Retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet9 ▼-31%13
Public houses and bars8 ▼-20%10
Take-away food shops and mobile food stands8 ▼-38%13
Other human health activities8 ▼-53%17
Other education n.e.c.8 ▲14%7
Financial intermediation not elsewhere classified8 ▲33%6
Other specialised construction activities n.e.c.7 7
Activities of other holding companies n.e.c.7 ▲40%5
Other passenger land transport6 ▲100%3

Top Bristol Startup Sectors

We have grouped 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 Estate12.04% ▲19%
Construction8.37% ▼-14%
Other Professional Services7.93% ▲24%
Food & Beverage Service6.61% ▲8%
Transportation5.29% ▲39%
Retail4.85% ▼-37%
Software Publishing & Development4.55% ▲125%
Non Trading or Dormant Companies4.41% ▲242%
IT Consultancy4.11% ▲57%
Health & Medical Services3.52% ▲21%
Other Services3.23% ▼-9%
Management Consulting2.79% ▼-33%
Financial Services2.79% ▼-8%
Other IT Services2.50% ▲50%
Education2.50% ▲5%
Top 15 National Startup Sector Activities
Real Estate10.08%
Other Professional Services6.37%
Food & Beverage Service6.13%
Other Support Activity4.97%
Management Consulting4.17%
Wholesalers & Agents3.57%
Other Services3.56%
Financial Services3.02%
Health & Medical Services2.92%
IT Consultancy2.61%
Software Publishing & Development2.02%
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 6011.53%
Under 210.78%


The average number of active directorships held by this sample is 1.33 (nationally for the same period it’s 1.29)
Sample Size


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