5 more Bristol business successes

As a business based in Bristol, we delight in the diversity and vibrancy of all the great enterprises to be found in our city. Following on from our previous articles, we’ve highlighted another five businesses to celebrate what they contribute to the local economy. If you’ve not yet come across them, why not check them out.

(P.S. if you are involved with a local business or organisation with a success story then do let us know – we would love to feature you here in a future article!)


Business incubator SETsquared, based at Bristol’s Engine Shed, is a joint project between five universities across the country including Bristol, Bath, Exeter, Surrey and Southampton. It provides assistance to new, hi-tech start-up businesses through its incubation programme and other business acceleration services and has recently been named as one of the best in the world, having helped create 9,000 jobs and contributed £3.8billion to the UK economy.

The Ox – Clifton

It might be hidden away in a basement in Corn Street, but The Ox quickly gained a reputation as one of the best restaurants in Bristol. Not resting on their laurels, the team decided to branch out and open a second restaurant under the same name in Clifton on Whiteladies Street. The aim was to create a ‘steak and cocktail haven’ and revitalise this once thriving part of town. The restaurant only opened in November but is already being described as one of the ‘coolest’ venues in town. With its quirky decor and commitment to using local and seasonal produce, it’s certainly worth giving a try.

HiETA Technologies Limited

The component maker, HiETA Technologies has just opened a brand new advanced technology centre at the Bristol and Bath Science Park which will break new ground for the UK’s additive manufacturing industry, or 3D printing as it is more commonly known; an industry predicted to be worth $3.5 billion by 2017. The new centre will create six new jobs at the site and enables people to 3D print custom metal parts, among other things! HiETA has experienced rapid growth since its formation in 2012 and is a great example of an innovative company leading the way in its sector.

Mickleburgh’s Musical Instruments

Mickleburgh’s is a family business that has been in Bristol city centre since 1903. That’s quite a record! It’s grown from the original piano shop it began life as, into a mammoth musical maze, stocking pianos, guitars, amps or any other instrument you care to mention. As well as stocking a vast array of instruments, they also offer an expert repair service. They’re currently encouraging musical participation by promoting the ‘Learn to Play Day’ on 12 March, endorsed by none other than Jamie Cullum.

And finally… Yogafurie 

This expanding new business was set up by former commercial IT worker, Ed Wood, who wanted to ditch the rat race to open a hi-tech, purpose built hot yoga studio, powered by sustainable 100% energy. The studio, based in Ashley Down, has the most advanced heating and air filtration system on the market, as well as only using eco-friendly energy sources and, as such, is believed to be the only facility of its kind west of the London commuter belt. Ed’s aim was to create a safe and dynamic practice, rooted in the traditions of yoga, but which would also appeal to the demands of a fast-paced, modern society. Hot yoga seemed to combine all the right elements for people and Ed has been amazed at the rate the class sizes have grown. His goal is now to open more studios in the future. It’s another great example of the enterprising spirit that abounds in the area.