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There’s something about Bristol

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Bristol is a unique UK city that really does have everything, from creativity and culture to a rich and fascinating history. However, given that it’s home to the Henry Nicholas head office, we would say that wouldn’t we? That’s why we’ve pulled together some ringing endorsements from external sources that prove it really is one of the best places to live and work in the UK today.

New York Times seal of approval

Bristol was the only English city to feature in the New York Times’ list of 52 places in the world to go in 2018, with the write-up stating: “Edgy, creative Bristol is aiming for another label in 2018: cultural powerhouse”. The article also gave a shout out to the Bristol Old Vic, Britain’s oldest continuously working theatre, St. George’s Bristol concert hall, and the Great Western Railway (yes, really).

It’s the best place to live

The Sunday Times voted Bristol as the “best place to live in Britain” in 2017, and although it was dethroned in 2018 (damn you, York!), it was name-checked in as one of the “best places to live in the city” according to the Times. The cities on the list were featured thanks to their cutting-edge culture, finest food, buzzing nightlife, and a short walk home.

Food, glorious food!

Bristol’s food scene has gone from strength to strength in recent years with a host of brilliant new openings and award recognition for established haunts. In fact, Casamia, run by chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias, was named the best regional restaurant in the UK by online restaurant guide Voted by readers and food bloggers, Casamia climbed 11 places from 2017 to take the coveted top spot. Ben McCormack, editor of SquareMeal, said: “With its 14-course tasting menu, space for just 35 diners, restricted opening hours and contemporary good looks, Casamia has everything you would expect from an ambitious destination restaurant in one of Britain's most vibrant cities.”

Making other cities green with envy

For a number of years, Bristol has been associated with the green movement and has gained the status as a Green Capital. Founded in 2007, Bristol Green Capital Partnership brings together over 800 member organisations who are committed to working towards Bristol becoming a sustainable city with a high-quality of life for all. Additionally, Bristol is the UK’s first Cycling City and is also a Fairtrade City meaning it trades fairly with nearly five million workers in 58 developing countries. Not only this, but Bristol is also home to the Soil Association and sustainable transport charity Sustrans, and this week it was reported to be the world’s most vegan city!

Top for tech

Bristol is one of the top 10 cities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa when it comes to technology, according to investment company CBRE. Beating Vienna, Cambridge and Rotterdam to bag sixth place, it was named a ‘super cluster’ which means there are between 50,000 and 70,000 people in high-tech employment. This is partly due to the presence of telecoms companies such as EE, BT, Nokia and Vodafone, and other large tech employers including Lloyds Banking Group. Tom Morris, managing director at CBRE in Bristol commented: “Our strong universities and vibrant urban environment have made Bristol a magnet for young development talent and the city is attracting tech companies of all sizes.” 

And finally…

It’s home to Henry Nicholas! I know, I know, but we couldn’t resist. Take a peek into life at Henry Nicholas and why it’s such a great place to work in Bristol.

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