Let's make friends with the future!

Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everyone

Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Bristol Futures Global is the consultancy launched by Stephen Hilton in 2016. BFG provides consultancy services, thought leadership and advice on Smart and Digital Cities. Drawing on 20plus years experience of developing and delivering innovative strategies and ground breaking projects, BFG works in Bristol and with cities and businesses across the UK and internationally.  BFG delivers the following services:

  • All aspects of Smart City development, including mobility, energy, data and digital service transformation
  • Broadband, Wi-Fi and digital infrastructure projects, including Full Fibre and 5G bids
  • Business and use cases for innovative technologies, AI, ML, IoT, AR, VR, Blockchain, CAV’s
  • Writing, evaluating and reviewing funding bids and proposals
  • Literature reviews, primary research, citizen and user engagement
  • Promoting equality and inclusive approaches
  • White Papers, in-depth features and thought-pieces
  •  Building cross-sector collaboration and partnerships
  • Key note speaking. Chairing nd facilitating events
  • Generating creative ideas
  • Horizon scanning and developing Strategy

Here are some of the things we have been doing recently

  • Coordinating a major, multi-partner bid to the DCMS TESTBED and TRIALS Fund
  • Developing a publication on Blockchain, Knowledge Exchange and Smart Cities
  • Developing a £7m University-Industry bid to the HEFCE  Connecting Capabilitues Fund
  • Publishing 'Where do I Plug in my Mobile?' - a feature for The Planner on Cities learning to live in Permanent Beta
  • Contributing to an external review of the Future City Catapult
  • Evaluating funding bids on behalf of a major national technology funding body
  • Helping Aberdeen City Council launch a new Digital Alliance
  • Submitting University of Bristol city's response to the UK Government Call for Evidence on Full Fibre and 5G


  • Appearing on BBC Points West talking about the future impact of 5G


  • Chairing the Invest Bristol & Bath VentureFest 2017 smart city Conference 


  • Supporting Zeetta the leading open Software Defined Networking company


  • Supporting Smart Energy GB launch the REAL RATIO a Framework for UK Smart Meter roll out 


  • Supporting Arcadis to increase the resilience of Polish cities
  • Helping the Science and Innovation Network to develop a UK-US Internet of Things workshop for cities at SxSW in Austin, Texas
  • Building links between Bristol and Chicago through the AOT Array of Things project
  • Supporting Bristol's involvement in the UKCRIC EPSRC research programme
  • Working with Fraser International to host a visit from the Canadian City of Summerside who aim to be a Living Lab
  • Winning the IEEE Connected OFCity Challenge to deliver optical innovation for future services in a smart city, in Los Angeles
  • Supported Knowle West's bid to the Intelligent Community ForuSpoke about Sharing the City at Cities for Life in Paris

  • Spoke about New Challenges for Cities at the Regional Studies Association Winter Conference

  • Appeared in 'Australia Beyond 2020' on Channel 7

  • ZEETA
  • VentureFest Bristol & Bath
  • ARRAY OF THINGS
  • Stephen Hilton
  • Stephen Hilton, Cities For Life