Bristol is Open
An Open Programmable City


Bristol is Open (BIO) is a joint venture between Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol. BIO is the world’s leading Smart City Demonstrator delivering an R&D testbed for Smart City technologies for mobility, health, care and communications for the future. The aim of this collaboration and data collection is to provide citizens with a greater ability to interact with their cities, and to respond in real-time to everyday events including waste management, entertainment events, e-democracy, energy supply and much more.

The Challenge

Perform Green were appointed in late April 2016 to undertake a viability review and make recommendations for the future of Bristol is Open, with a detailed account around a lack of business focus, low levels of investment and an optimal organisational structure.

What did Perform Green deliver?

Following an initial review by Perform Green Founder Barney Smith was appointed as Interim CEO and our team undertook a process of deep due diligence to confirm initial findings and implement recommendations.

Three months later Perform Green had completed:

Technical, Financial, Commercial and Capability audits

Design and implementation of a new organisational structure

New commercial models and contract templates, including landing a new £1m sponsor (Nokia)

Approval for a Refreshed Engineering team identified to cover IoT, wireless, wired networks, Software Defined Networks and research delivery capability, which was subsequently implemented

New branding

Raising £700K of working capital

New Governance structures and processes

Instigating and defining the scope of a new technology roadmap for development of the platform

Key Successes

The work undertaken by Perform Green stabilised the finances and structure of the collaborative project. BIO won the TM forum’s Smart City Innovator of the year 2016.

Why PG

Perform Green were able to step in at a critical time for Bristol is Open to take a leading role in the rapid transformation of BiO into a sustainable organisation. Our team have ensured that the organisation’s governance, structure, external relationships, funding and income streams are fit for purpose. Perform Green were able to supply the capability and strategic leadership in an area of technical complexity, alongside a flexible mind-set and expertise in organisational design, financial management and understanding changing customer requirements.

Meet our Smart City Team

Perform Green Have An Extensive Team Of Highly Experienced And Knowledgeable People Across A Range Of Disciplines. We Can Match An Expert To Your Specific Need.

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Get in touch with Perform Green

Speak with our Business Development Manager Richard Barrington directly to discuss your challenges and opportunities in more depth.