Let's make friends with the future!

Bristol Futures Global IBFG) Ltd is the Smart City consultancy established in 2016 by Stephen Hilton, former Director of Futures at Bristol City Council.

BFG provides access to a team of experienced professionals who deliver thought leadership, strategic advice AND practical help. 

BFG draws on 20 years of senior level experience - developing and delivering innovative and impactful projects in Bristol - but now works with cities, government bodies, communities, universities and businesses across the West of England, the UK and internationally.

Recent BFG clients include - the West of England Combined Authority, Bristol City Council, University of Bristol, University of the West of England,  the British Council, the WeAlmatey Partnership (Kazakhstan), ICLEI (Japan), the Science and Innovation Network (US), Buro Happold, Watershed Media Centre, Zeetta Networks, the City of Summerside (Prince Edward Island, Canada), Foot Anstey LLP, Invest Bristol Bath and the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

Here are some of the things we have been doing recently

  • Supporting the University of Bristol and the West of England Combined Authority to develop a £5million winning 5G TESTBED AND TRIALS bid to the Department of Digutal Culture, Media and Sport
  • Supporting Bristol City Council to develop an ambitious bid to Wave 2 of the Local Full FibrevNetwork Challenge
  • Supporting the British Council and the WeAlmatey Parnership to develop Open Data and Smart City strategy in Kazakhstan
  • Sharing knowledge with Japanese cities about Smart Citues and rhe UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Developing a publication on Blockchain, Knowledge Exchange and Smart Cities for University of Bristol
  • 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

prev next
  • STEPHEN HILTON - Director
    STEPHEN HILTON - Director
  • Eating the Data Elephant - blog post
    Eating the Data Elephant - blog post
  • Clare Reddington - supporter
    Clare Reddington - supporter
  • suzanne Wilson - Associate
    suzanne Wilson - Associate
  • Cities in Permanent Beta - blog post
    Cities in Permanent Beta - blog post
  • Dr Chris Tuppen - Associate
    Dr Chris Tuppen - Associate
  • Stephen Hilton - speaking at Citues for Life, Pari
    Stephen Hilton - speaking at Citues for Life, Pari
  • Smart Infrastructure - blog post
    Smart Infrastructure - blog post
  • RSA Winter Conference
    RSA Winter Conference
  • zeetta Networks - SDN
    zeetta Networks - SDN
  • UK-US IOT event
    UK-US IOT event
  • Stephen Hilton, Cities For Life
    Stephen Hilton, Cities For Life
  • Smart Nimyism - blog post
    Smart Nimyism - blog post