Londoners continue to leave the capital for Bristol


It appears the trend of Londoners moving to Bristol is growing. In 2017, it was reported that London suffered a net loss of 1,030 people to Bristol – or nearly three a day. Published in the Telegraph on January 14, 2020, the pull of Bristol is once again in the news as the capital’s workforce continues the move to Bristol, tempted by the prospect of more affordable housing, diverse job opportunities, and the growing cultural significance of the city. Bristol also has the accolade of recently being named as one of Europe’s top cultural and creative cities in a report by the European Commission.

The trend of Londoners opting to move to the South West is likely to continue as the electrification of Great western lines between Bristol and London will reduce commuter journey times.

Another quality attracting people is that Bristol finds itself is on the front-line in the battle against climate change, with it being recognised as the UK’s greenest city, scoring highly for recycling and air quality.

Many of the reasons above are why we choose Somerset as the location for our Smart Campus, Gravity. Gravity is the blueprint for a smarter, cleaner future. It brings together cutting-edge businesses that will make a difference socially, economically, and environmentally. Somerset’s attraction for businesses and innovation is due to this region being the epicenter for transport, talent and having enormous potential to lead the UK’s push towards meeting net-zero targets. And if that was not enough to whet our appetite, being a short distance from Bristol, recently named “coolest city in Europe”  by National Geographic certainly was.

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