Last Monday saw the start of Digital Bristol Week (DBW), a week of free, forward-thinking talks, events, exhibitions and more! It’s now official that the Bristol and Bath area is the second largest UK tech cluster after London. The latest report by Tech Nation found 61,653 people currently work within the technology sector in Bristol and Bath alone – that’s 5,508 more than Manchester! With Bristol’s strengths highlighted as education technology, software development, data management and analytics we’re thrilled to be a part of such an innovative community.
During Digital Bristol Week I made my way to The Engine Shed. Self-proclaimed as ‘the gateway to enterprise in Bristol and Bath’, the business hub is the place to be for all things tech related. No stranger to The Engine Shed after previous networking events I made myself at home in anticipation for the afternoon’s talks.
Looking to find out more about other Bristol-based businesses such as ours the final talk I attended featured the Creative Director of The Watershed. Renowned as a ‘cultural cinema and digital creativity centre’ the business welcomes various creative individuals and companies to collaborate. It’s no surprise that one of the company’s main projects, known by the name of Pervasive Media Studio, has already seen overwhelming numbers pass through its doors. Providing an interactive studio for creative personas to integrate is a brilliant idea which is already forming solid foundations of mutual growth.
During DBW’s concluding talk Mick Jackson also spoke about his company, Webstart Bristol. Mike, along with many other successful entrepreneurs, moved from London to Bristol in search of new opportunities. From here Mike set up an internet incubator which supports local Bristol-based businesses and helps them grow.
From my time at Digital Bristol Week I’ve learned Bristol is not only extremely successful but it’s extremely proud. There are a whole host of resources available to local businesses and there’s no longer a need to have a London address to succeed. As a digital company the team at BookingLive feel Bristol couldn’t be a better base for us. We’re able to stay up-to-date with the latest technological advancements so our online booking systems can remain at the forefront of software development.
If you’re ever in the area and fancy checking out or HQ, or want to know more about our tech hub, please feel free to get in touch.