The gateway to the South west

The Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol at dusk

Bristol may not immediately come to mind when listing the UK's top regional insurance hubs, however, many would argue that this is an ill-informed oversight. Historically, the South west has been heralded by industry experts as a profitable place to write business and, with the eclectic mix of industries thriving in this picturesque part of the country, some have speculated that it may be better placed than most to ride out the recession.

According to the most recent figures on Bristol City Coun