When it comes to getting work done, Bristol is the third most productive city in the UK. It’s also a pretty great place to be freelance. We’ve watched a number of makers, artisans, startups and SMEs join and flourish in our work hubs in the last few years, and we’re confident that’s a trend that will continue.
How many self-employed people are there in Bristol?
There are 35,800 self-employed people in Bristol. That’s above average in the UK.
More people in Bristol are becoming self-employed
In the last ten years, 14,300 people became self-employed in Bristol. That’s an increase from 7.5% of the working population to 11%.
Self-employment prospects are looking good
The Global Coworking Forecast of 2017 found that 61% of those in coworking spaces expect to see growth in both income and quantity of work in 2017. As many as 73% expect to meet more contacts this year. All of those figures are up from last year.
There are awesome places to work
The number of coworking spaces in Bristol is on the rise. Beyond standard desk spaces, there are other workspace options too. Meanwhile Creative now run six affordable workspace hubs in Bristol, most of which offer light-industrial studio space for artisans and hands-on makers. No matter what your area of expertise, there is a workspace available.
There are regular events and markets
The people of Bristol love independent businesses and crafts. There are a number of markets and events to get your business out there. There are a number of popular Etsy events, including markets, creative parties and road trips. Indies in Bristol host regular indie trails, talks and workshops. The Bristol Harbourside Market celebrates local makers and businesses throughout the year.
Those are just a few of the things that make Bristol great for freelancers and the self employed. Don’t forget to check out our spaces available page if you’re in need of a creative workspace.