Creative industry

Forget about Silicon Valley, and welcome to Silicon Gorge - the triangle of ‘tech’ expertise between Bristol, Swindon and Gloucester.

Bristol’s modern economy is built on the creative media, electronics and aerospace industries. From Airbus to Knowle West Media Centre, from the BBC to HP, we’ve got high ambitions and the drive to deliver. Check out the digital partnership Connecting Bristol, and imagine a new kind of smart city through Bristol Is Open.

It’s the birthplace of Wallace and Gromit, with Aardman Studios taking beloved family characters to an international audience through stop-motion animation, apps and more. Rewatch the classics, or play the Shaun the Sheep game.

Bristol has also won a number of Playable City awards, led by Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, using creative technologies to playfully rethink public space. From lampposts that text you back to sensor-triggered projected animals, this meeting of art and technology is so representative of the city.

We have England's strongest digital media supply chain outside London, and Bristol is a buzzing incubator for start-ups and new enterprise. Just look at the SETsquared Centre based in Temple Meads, or business support network Basecamp, providing enterprising students with masterclasses, tutorials and the chance to win funding.

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