RIA Rail Fellowship Programme: Mayor of the West of England, Dan Norris opens One Big Circle's Bristol office 

8 November 2023

Dan Norris, Mayor of the West of England this week visited One Big Circle's Bristol office and officially opened the company’s new workspace. The visit was co-ordinated through the Railway Industry Association (RIA) Rail Fellowship Programme. 

The opening follows strong recent growth with the business increasing its team to over 35 staff to develop cutting-edge software and hardware, specialising in Video, Computer Vision, and Artificial Intelligence. One Big Circle’s expansion has provided new employment opportunities in Bristol and a platform for apprentices, graduates, and returnees. 

During the visit Mayor Norris quizzed the company on their recent office and lab extension at Bristol Temple Meads and gained insights into the scope of their work in UK rail. 

One Big Circle is a pioneer in leveraging digital innovation and technology to improve efficiency, safety, and sustainability in rail. The company’s work aligns with the objectives of the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme, which strives to provide politicians with a better understanding of the industry's challenges and opportunities. 

The RIA Rail Fellowship Programme continues to play a key role in equipping politicians like Mayor Dan Norris with knowledge, information and insight into the rail sector and wider rail supplier community. 

Mayor of the West of England, Dan Norris, said: “I’m delighted to have opened One Big Circle’s new office in Bristol Temple Meads. We hear a lot about AI at the moment. How it can be used for good or evil. Here we can see a great application of a new technology that has the potential to really improve public services. “ 

“The skill and innovation at One Big Circle is keeping the West of England and rest of the country on track!” 

Emily Kent, co-founder One Big Circle said, "It’s been a real pleasure to meet Dan and to have him officially open our newly extended offices in Bristol in front of all the team at One Big Circle and the RIA representatives. We were equally proud to be able to demonstrate the range of our innovative technology and Artificial Intelligence that’s been created here in collaboration with Network Rail and other key partners to help increase safety and performance across UK rail. We were also able to convey the exciting growth of the company and the range of local skills and backgrounds amongst our top-class team.” 

“Being able to share One Big Circle’s progress with our Metro Mayor as part of the RIA Fellowship Programme helps advance the visibility of what SMEs can help deliver in support of the wider rail industry, and we’re proud to be delivering that nationally and internationally from Temple Meads." 

Elisa Rees-King, RIA Business Engagement Manager (Wales & Western) said: ‘Businesses like One Big Circle are at the front line of harnessing the potential of data and digital technology to drive a more efficient and greener railway. What’s more the company’s recent expansion is a reminder of how rail investment can create jobs, boost skills and improve economic growth both in Bristol and the wider city region.’ 

Notes to Editors
  1. About RIA: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is the voice of the UK rail supply community. We help to grow a sustainable, high-performing, railway supply industry, and to export UK rail expertise and products. RIA has 350+ companies in membership in a sector that contributes £43 billion in economic growth and £14 billion in tax revenue each year, as well as employing 710,000 people. It is also a vital industry for the UK’s economic recovery, supporting green investment and jobs in towns and communities across the UK; for every £1 spent in rail, £2.50 is generated in the wider economy. RIA’s membership is active across the whole of railway supply, covering a diverse range of products and services and including both multi-national companies and SMEs (60% by number). www.riagb.org.uk 
  2. About OneBigCircle: Based at Bristol Temple Meads station, OneBigCircle is a dynamic and diverse team of over 35 working at the forefront of Intelligent Video, AI and Machine Learning within the rail industry. 
    OneBigCircle develop Software and Hardware systems in-house within our neighbouring lab and office spaces – with a broad range of expertise and technical skills, the team works to develop end-to-end systems to meet rail challenges and technological demands, finding optimal methods to deliver effective solutions. 
  3. For further information on the RIA Fellowship Programme please contact [email protected].
  4. For further information on RIA Wales and Western Region please contact [email protected].