Our Tier 2 Cities





Bristol in the UK 

Bristol is among the UK’s largest ten cities and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK. It is part of the UK’s Core Cities group and of those cities, it is the one with the greatest number of businesses per capita. Bristol is the most sustainable city in the UK. The Bristol Pound, introduced in 2012, is the largest alternative in the UK to Sterling. In addition to sustainability, Bristol is of national significance in the areas of education, tourism, innovation, heritage and culture, including a thriving contemporary and urban culture due to the city’s young population. 


Bristol in Europe 

Bristol is one of the greenest in Europe, was awarded the 2015 European Green Capital Award and played an active role in the core and side events of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris in 2015 and as part of the conversation on how cities can meet the targets of the Paris Agreement. Bristol City Council actively engages with other European cities and in 2015, opened an office of the City Council in Brussels. Bristol launched its Resilience Strategy in December 2016.





Resilience Goals

Bristol aims to make the city’s success available to all and to address the challenges of inequality in health and access to economic opportunities by supporting and empowering the city’s diverse communities. The city plans to match its population growth with corresponding job creation to continue the positive trajectory, which goes hand in hand with its objective to provide all citizens with access to quality education.

Bristol’s vision also includes maximising the quality and affordability of public transport and making walking and cycling attractive forms of transport for all. New infrastructure and existing buildings should be future-proofed and benefit the city’s transport systems, energy supply, homes and businesses. Whole-system planning should support the city to resist and recover from potential flooding from the river Avon in the city centre and Avonmouth as well as other climate change-related risks and shocks.

Planning Bristol

Despite Bristol’s overall strong economy and quality of life, the city is challenged by inequalities in health and wealth, and a growing population is accompanied by the growing need for job creation.

As part of Bristol’s resilience development, the city is prioritising the following areas for particular enhancement: city governance and leadership, resource efficiency, infrastructure, buildings and vulnerable communities.

The Bristol Development Framework Core Strategy was adopted in 2011 to provide a framework for Bristol’s development over the next 10-15 years.




Resilience Engagement


  Member of 100 Resilient Cities Network in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation

 Launched Bristol Resilience Strategy



City factsheet

Population (city)

Population (metropolitan area)




Approx. 432 500 

Approx. 1 million

110 km2

River Avon

Sterling, Bristol Pound










This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 653569.