Reasons to love Bristol: One, Two, Three

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Many people have already commented on the fact that Bristol and Bath are great places to work in technology. The latest Tech Nation report from Tech City UK and Nesta demonstrates that tech businesses in the area grew by 53% between 2010 and 2014, with the number of jobs in the sector increased by 9% in the last year alone.

Here at Stripe OLT we’ve known that Bristol is a great place to work ever since we set up our Head Office here back in the mists of time. So rather than bore you with more facts and figures, we asked the real experts – our people –  for their reasons to love Bristol. (Apologies to Ian Dury and the Blockheads for the shameless plagiarism on the headline).

Jamie says: “Mountain biking at Ashton Court, drinking on Gloucester Road, listening to some live music on King Street, saying hello to Big Jeff and finishing up with a kebab from the Grecian. And watching the sun set from the Bristol to Bath cycle path on my ride home.”

One of our newer recruits in London, Harry, has already got the hang of Bristol’s key features: “The waterfront, street art, the nightlife, the chilled out atmosphere, and the friendly feel”

Amazing pies, cheaper drinks than London, and I didn’t know Bristol had an airport until recently, so will be flying in on the Stripe OLT private jet for my next visit.” – sorry about the jet Maynard, but we’ll buy you a pie to make up for it.

“The nightlife is awesome!” – Carlos tells it like it is.

Account Administrator Reka says: “It’s bikeable/walkable, with a calendar chock-full of concerts and festivals, many of which are free; excellent hangouts for coffee, brunch and cider and it’s just the right distance from London.”

Harbour Festival, St Werburgh’s festival, Grillstock and a crazy rock slide” are some of Mark’s favourite things.

But we’ll leave it to Tom to have the last word: “We have epic festivals, a big ass bridge and lots of cider”.

What more could you want?