Finding the Perfect Business Centre in Bristol

The choice of where to base your business depends on a number of factors. Location and access to transport links are important considerations, not only to move products efficiently but also to provide clients and staff with good links to your business. Other considerations include costs and lease terms, as well as the size of the office. Bristol offers a range of spaces for office-based businesses, including business centres, incubators and parks with a fantastic selection of support services.

Business Accelerators and Incubators

A business accelerator or incubator is the perfect spot for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses to develop their ideas into marketable products and services. The Bristol SETsquared Centre is one of the UK's best business incubators. In 2015, it was ranked as the world's best university-backed incubator. Located in Engine Shed next to Bristol Temple Meads rail station, the centre is home to high-tech and high-growth businesses. Support services available to tenants include mentoring and coaching, business review panels, access to professional service firms, skills workshops, investor readiness training, and shared and dedicated office space. Engine Shed itself provides meeting, seminar and networking spaces in addition to co-working space. Businesses also have access to academic staff from the University of Bristol, the University of Bath, Bath Spa University, and the University of the West of England (UWE).

Bristol & Bath Science Park houses world-class space and supports for sciences and technology businesses. With a vibrant community and several innovative firms, it is an ideal location for businesses looking to accelerate their growth and success. The 59-acre science park is located close to the M4 and M5 motorways as well as Bristol's main rail stations. There is a range of meeting and conference spaces, eating places, and green spaces for creative thinking and discussions. The science park's partners include the University of Bristol, the University of Bath and UWE, and tenants have access to many of the doctoral centres based at these universities. Meeting and conference rooms as well as other places to eat and network are available at The Forum, a modern and bright space linking the parks' Innovation Centre and Grow-On Centre. The Innovation Centre offers high-spec office space, including serviced and virtual offices. The accelerator centre provides advice and support to businesses, such as access to funding and mentoring opportunities. The Grow-On Centre is another accelerator with 25,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. Space is provided with flexible leases that are great for growing businesses. There are also shared networking and conference facilities. The Bristol & bath Science Park also has bespoke plots for businesses looking to expand or move into dedicated premises designed to their own specifications.

Business Centres

Freelancers, owner-operator businesses, and other small and medium sized enterprises can find a variety of business centres in and around Bristol. These facilities offer a range of shared services including reception areas and meeting spaces. They also house serviced and furnished offices for businesses looking to keep upfront capital costs low. Providing a stepping stone for businesses that are not yet ready for their own premises, business centres are suited for small operations and tenants that are still in early growth stages.

The Bristol City Centre Business Centre is located opposite Temple Meads station at the CityPoint building on Temple Gate. The centre sits within the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, a growing hub and sought-after location for businesses. There are excellent rail and road connections, as well as access to a large selection of shops and amenities. Single person and team offices are available at the business centre, as well as shared offices and larger spaces. Tenants have access to stocked kitchens, break-out areas, a professional switchboard, and on-site meeting rooms. The centre is designed for businesses with up to 100 employees.

Bristol Clifton Business Centre is an award-winning facility with a range of serviced office solutions. Based at the WestPoint building on Queens Road in Clifton, the location is popular with professional services and other businesses. Situated close to the University of Bristol, the centre is housed in a former Maggs department store that has been beautifully refurbished to high quality office space. Flexible leases are available for furnished and serviced offices. Other facilities include on-site meeting rooms, stocked kitchens, and break-out areas. Full reception services are also included. Like the Bristol City Centre Business Centre, the Bristol Clifton Business Centre is operated by Business Environment (BE).

Other business centres in the Bristol area include the New World Business Centre. Located 8 miles west of the city centre, the facility is off the A4174 ring road close to the M4 and M5 motorways. Completed in 2014, virtual and furnished serviced offices are available with meeting and conference room rental facilities. Set in seven restored Georgian Houses, the Orchard Street Business Centre in the heart of Bristol has flexible lease terms and modern services. The centre has more than 80 offices of various sizes and caters to a range of tenants, including self-employed entrepreneurs. Virtual offices and meeting rooms are also available.

Business Parks

Business parks provide opportunities for businesses to create bespoke premises. They are often home to non-serviced office spaces, which allow businesses to develop their own unique work environment. This gives business owners the chance to create their own look and feel that complements the brand and culture of the company by selecting their own colour scheme, furniture and layout. Some business parks also house serviced office accommodation with support services for smaller businesses.

Opened in 2015, the Filwood Green Business Park has sustainable workspaces in Knowle West, South Bristol. The business park is designed for small and medium sized businesses in environmental and low carbon sectors. Approximately 40,000 square feet is available with workshops, offices and studios. Aimed at micro businesses and mobile workers, the park's Workhub provides shared event and meeting spaces in addition to flexible workspace with bookable desks. South-west of the city centre is the Long Ashton Business Park. Office accommodation is available in converted old stone barns and farm buildings dating back to the Middle Ages. Units range from approximately 200 to 4,420 square feet. Situated close to several business parks north of Bristol's city centre, Astec West is the base for more than 100 companies. Opened in 1989, the business park boasts office, warehouse and factory units as well as a retail area and a four-star hotel. The park is suited for businesses of all sizes and is home to offices for Nokia, General Electric, Allianz, EE, HSBC, and many other companies. It is less than a half a mile from the M5 motorway and the M4 is just a mile away.

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