Home to 450000 inhabitants the city of Bristol is one of the major hubs of south-west England. Having its own airport and intersecting the M4 and M5 motorways it provides companies and residents with excellent access to Wales as well as both the north and south of the UK. The same ease of access is provided by motorway and railway links into London which are just a few of the reasons why Bristol is so popular with organisations of all types. It has a strong manufacturing and employment base thanks to the presence of several notable companies that include BAE Systems Airbus investment specialists Hargreaves Lansdown as well as the world-renowned Aardman Animations studio. Bristol University attracts a large number of students and also supports several tech and bioscience companies. Being a large city it also has a lively town centre that provides venues for nightlife shopping and entertainment.