Bristol’s One Big Circle receives key investment from tech pioneers

One Big Circle

A Bristol video technology and AI specialist, One Big Circle, has secured significant investment following the appointment of David Harris and Toby Hughes to the board.

Both pioneers in the technology industry, David and Toby have joined the 15-strong One Big Circle team as Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Director respectively.

Established three years ago, and based in central Bristol, One Big Circle is a product and services supplier in the field of Intelligent Video, supporting organisations such as Network Rail, Transport for Wales and Siemens. It builds bespoke technical solutions to complex video and integration projects.

Using real time video data collection, One Big Circle provides analytics for predictive railway maintenance.

David Harris said: “The team at One Big Circle has done astonishingly well to grow from nothing to an established and profitable business by offering intelligent video solutions tailored to the rail industry in a short period of time.  Toby and I aim to help lay the foundations for that second phase of growth and realising the vision of becoming a larger player with several channels to market for One Big Circle’s SaaS (software licensing and delivery) offering. We’ll do this by supporting further development in machine learning and AI and aligning this with the funded areas of our chosen markets.”

Emily Kent Co-Founder at One Big Circle: “We are thrilled to have two such successful tech industry pioneers bring their expertise to our board. Both David and Toby will bolster the One Big Circle team by offering their wealth of experience to bring us to the next level of growth for our business.”

David was co-founder and CEO of Purple Secure Systems which was established in 2006. The business was sold in 2016 to CACI UK. He also sits on the board of Okko Health as a Non-Executive Director. He also mentor sand invests in other small businesses in the South-West, mostly through Bristol Private Equity Club.

Toby started his career as a sound engineer. In 2004 he joined Add Momentum Ltd, where he helped create a technology application called Leadbay. Leadbay grew quickly and became a market leader in financial services. The business went on to win numerous awards and finished 18th in the Sunday Times list of UK’s fastest growing tech companies. He has since gone on to launch other successful technology businesses.