Bristol is best city in the UK for startup survival


If you’re thinking of setting up your own business – and we know how you feel – Bristol is apparently the best place in the UK to start building that brand.

New research, released today by online business website, has revealed fresh insight into the state of startup survivals in the UK.

The research, backed by recently published ONS figures, shows that just 4 in 10 startups in the UK (42.4%) survive their first 5 years in business. Gulp!

The research also checked out which cities had the best, and worst, startup survival rates in the UK.

West Country appeal

Bristol came out tops, with 44.4% of new startups surviving to the five-year mark, backed by an economy built on industries such as creative media, electronics and aerospace.

Bristol fashion: West country city comes tops in startup research.

The only other cities to show a higher survival rate than the national average were Brighton and Hove (44.1%) and Leeds (42.9%).

London lacking

And as for London – it didn’t even make the top ten, coming in, instead, at 18 out of the 30 cities on the list.

At the bottom end of the scale, Plymouth is the city that has the lowest startup survival rate in the UK, with less than one in three (30.7%) new ventures lasting five years or more.