Bristol has been named as one of BT Group’s new key locations in the UK.
The development represents a multi-million-pound investment by BT in the Bristol area, with the company due to increase its presence significantly in the city in the coming years.
As part of this, BT will move into its new state of the art office in the centre of Bristol in early 2022, acting as a hub for more than 2,000 colleagues in the city and wider region.
The Assembly Bristol building – part of the growing Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone – will bring our people together in an impressive and modern environment in the heart of the city.
BT’s increased presence in the city will make the company one of the largest employers in the area. BT Group already plays an important role in the South West’s economy, directly employing more than 7,000 people in the wider region
Bristol is also one of the most digitally connected cities in the UK. In 2019, it was one of the first cities in the UK to be connected to 5G. Launched through EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator and part of BT Group, it means that people working and living in Bristol are among the first in the country to benefit from the new technology, which is set to revolutionise the way we live and work.
Bristol also has access to some of the best broadband in Europe, having been prioritised as one of Openreach’s ‘Fibre First’ cities.
With Bristol being a centre for world-leading university research, BT plans also to build on its existing partnerships with the city’s higher education institutions specialising in technology and digital innovation. BT is one of the largest investors in research and development in the UK, spending around £500 million a year.
BT and the University of Bristol recently signed a partnership which will see joint work on research and development projects and programmes to drive responsible innovation, in a diverse range of areas such as future networks, digital, creative, quantum, cybersecurity, and robotics.