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Bristol-Bath Innovation Cluster

A major study by consultants SQW, leaders in the field of innovation and economic analysis, highlights that the Bristol and Bath city region is well positioned to rival the top innovation cities in the UK and across the world in the future.

With its concentration of talent, the city-region has made a name for itself in specialisms including high value product design, virtual reality, games technology, computer science and engineering, animation, digital design and publishing, TV and film and finance and business technology.

Higher education driving innovation

A particular driving force for innovation is one of the highest concentrations of higher education, research and innovation centres in the UK. 

  • National Composite Centre set up by the University of Bristol which develops new technologies for the design and rapid manufacture of high quality composite products.
  • CAMERA at the University of Bath, which explores motion capture and VR in gaming and health applications.
  • Bristol Robotics Lab, a joint venture of the UWE Bristol and University of Bristol.
  • Centre for Creative Computing at Bath Spa University.

New initiatives include Bath University's Automotive Propulsion Institute, the Bristol VR Lab and UWE Bristol's Health Technology hub.

Together the four Universities are a major source of graduate talent, meeting the needs of local businesses – over half of all graduates qualify in science, technology, engineering and maths and there is a strong focus on entrepreneurship and enterprise across many courses. They also provide space for small and growing businesses at UWE Bristol’s Future Space, SETsquared Bristol and Bath, and Unit DX.

Find out more from the full press release - Bristol and Bath to rival global innovation leaders says new report.


“The scale of achievement and the trajectory of development are such that the Bristol-Bath city-region already represents an innovation cluster of potentially global significance and one that could aspire, more ambitiously, to follow in the footsteps of North American power-houses such as Seattle or Boston.”

Sir Michael Lyons, Chairman of SQW Group


Bristol-Bath Innovation Cluster Report 2018

Download the full report (PDF)

Report launch

This video from the launch event at UWE Bristol's University Enterprise Zone talks to a selection of the local entrepreneurs and UWE Bristol's Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Lynn Barlow, about the things that make our region a unique prospect on the global stage.

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