Invest in South Gloucestershire

Bristol is often cited in national newspapers and magazines as a great place to live and work, and that is undoubtably true, but the counties that border one of Britain’s great investment & lifestyle hotspots have their attractions too!

South Gloucestershire lies to the North & West of Bristol and has many attributes which draw people who want a slightly more rural life but with easy access to all that Bristol has to offer.

The county is very attractive to businesses as there are good road and rail connections into the city. It really is a great place to locate.

Stretching from Severn Beach, on the edge of the river Severn, on its western flank, right across to Badminton and Acton Turville in the east, and from Fairfield in the north, to Bitton in the south, it offers much to both house-hunters and businesses alike.

Thornbury is particularly attractive with its traditional high street throbbing with activity. Coffee shops & eateries abound which contribute to an uplifting atmosphere.

Severn Beach isn’t quite a traditional English seaside town but it is very well located and has dramatically improved since the rail line into Bristol and Avonmouth was upgraded. The station is small but modern and right at the centre of the town.

As a boy my dad used to take me to Severn Beach on the bus because it was so close to Bristol where we lived. It wasn’t really a commuter town then and had more of a seaside feel about it than now. I remember on one occasion getting stuck in the mud on the shore of the mighty river Severn which borders the west of the town.

When my kids were young we used to walk our dogs along the footpath that runs along the flood bund so we could watch the new Severn Bridge being constructed from underneath.

Smaller settlements like Olveston, Almondsbury and Tythrington where the local parish council and residents have refurbished the iconic red Phonebox are very popular and offer period farmhouses and cottages for sale and rent as well as many modern homes.

Chipping Sodbury is also highly sought after by families due to its lovely traditional high street, which is wide and open, and contains many coffee outlets. It also has a Waitrose which always adds something to anywhere its stores are located.

Distribution & logistics businesses are always keen to locate in South Glos due to its proximity to Bristol, Bath and Gloucester, all of which are no more than 30 minutes from its borders. The famous Cotswolds are adjacent too, which brings close many famous towns and villages, such as Tetbury, Malmesbury, where I lived for part of my childhood, and even places like Stow on the Wold and the regency town Cheltenham aren’t far away.

South Glos Council has a reputation for being open for business and welcoming businesses into what is generally seen as a wealthy county so if you’re starting a business or looking for premises to expand into it is well worth looking at what South Glos, as it is locally known, has to offer.

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