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Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area – the City of Ideas

Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area – the City of Ideas

The Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area – the City of Ideas has the ability to deliver 65% of the district’s jobs growth by 2026 and play a key role in providing much needed accommodation for the area’s flourishing high-value business sectors that are already located in the city, including Future Publishing, Buro Happold, IPL, Mindspeed, AMDOCS and the University of Bath’s Innovation Centre.


Key facts

  • The Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area – the City of Ideas is a collection of development sites and buildings along the river corridor, beginning in central Bath and continuing west along Upper and Lower Bristol roads
  • Covering an area of 98ha, the Bath Enterprise Area has a development area of circa 36ha, 25% of which is owned by Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Analysis reveals that the area has the potential to create up to 9,000 new jobs; 3,500 of which could be created by 2017
  • The Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area – the City of Ideas has the capacity to deliver 200,000 sq m in new office space
  • Concentrating on growth sectors – creative industries, professional and financial services, engineering consultancy activities, software, technology and other computer related groups – these jobs have the ability to increase the local economy by £1.6 billion GVA over a 25 year period
  • The Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area – the City of Ideas has the potential to generate £292 million in business rates over a 25 year period

Why Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area?

  • Only 1.5 hours from London and 15 minutes from Bristol by train
  • A unique built and natural environment which is internationally renowned and extremely attractive to entrepreneurs, businesses students and tourists
  • Existing strengths in higher-value activities within the creative industries, financial and business services, and technology related activities such as software development
  • One of the highest skilled resident communities in the West of England
  • Two universities in the city with strengths mapping to high-value growth sectors and increasing collaborative with the private sector to encourage innovation and entrepreneurialism
  • Local facilities including, for example, The University of Bath’s Innovation Centre and the forthcoming Guildhall Co-working Hub
  • Close relationship to Bristol with the ability to create an economic corridor along the A4
  • Active local sector-based business networks offering mentoring, learning and support activities

Download a map of the area.

Download the Bath City Riverside Enterprise Area flyer

For more information: Invest Bristol & Bath

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