Bristol is rapidly attracting a reputation as a sustainable, innovative city with a dynamic culture of talent and innovation. With our world-class universities, high-tech sector, digital expertise and infrastructure, we are well-positioned to embrace this reputation, while ensuring the benefits are shared by all.
We know the pace of digitisation is swift and the implications far-reaching. As cities welcome this opportunity, we’re planning how digital and smart technologies will shape the future of our city, our interactions and our economy. Our shared city vision and One City Plan for Bristol is one of hope and aspiration, where everyone can share in its success – and this is driving innovations that deliver into the future, put people first and improve the quality of life for all citizens.
Bristol regularly tops polls as the UK’s most liveable city, including being named the best place to live outside of London for people under 25. In 2018, we won the Smart City Award at the Global Mobile Awards and pole position on Huawei’s UK Smart City Index.
But my priority is to make sure the tech sector is accessible, inclusive and harnesses Bristol’s full range of diversity. We welcome ambitious partners who want to join us on this journey.
In our city, business growth is encouraged via the Engine Shed hub – a collaboration between the council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership to showcase the strengths and innovations of the region.
The SETsquared enterprise partnership between regional universities provides support programmes to turn ideas into thriving businesses and has twice been ranked as the global number one university business incubator.
We have the right conditions to continue to be a thriving economy, but with emerging global challenges and competition for inward investment, we must continue to work together with partners from our city’s business, academic and charitable sector communities. We are proud of our city and I invite you to come and see, and explore for yourself.- Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Marvin Rees is the elected Mayor of Bristol and has pledged to make Bristol a fairer city for all.
Marvin was born in Bristol and studied in both the UK and US. He read Economic History and Politics at Swansea University, later achieving a Master’s Degree in Political theory and Government.
Marvin attended Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, and completed a Master’s Degree in global economic development and later undertook the Yale World Fellows global leadership programme. He has been involved in voluntary sector roles and has worked as a programme manager for the NHS. Marvin also worked as a Broadcast Journalist for BBC Radio.