Project Information

Take advantage of a unique opportunity to exploit the benefits of growth through Big Data, be one of the companies who is maximising potential and become a part of the £241bn growth Tech UK is predicting by 2020.


Big Data Corridor is a 3 year project running until late 2019 assisting SMEs in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP to make the most of data driven innovation.
Participation is free, all you need to commit is your time and in return you will receive expert support tailored to your individual requirements.

What’s on offer?

  • Business assists (12 hours support) including data and sector insight workshops for innovation and learning; review of your business data needs and access to tools, resources and data to accelerate business growth
  • Intensive assistance to develop new innovative products and services including product development and business planning
  • Trialling and implementation of new technologies and commercialisation opportunities for example in photonics and smart city networks and systems
  • In depth research collaborations for business innovation and development
  • Innovation challenges in key sectors of health and mobility
  • ‘Insight Workshops’, helping companies to better understand data capture and management, use of sensor technologies, and data commercialisation within their sector.
  • An online toolkit, designed to enable remote research, experimentation with data and provide resources for new product development;


    As part of the programme, a number of technology demonstrators will be established as well as an ‘Internet of Things’ network, located between Birmingham city centre and the planned UK Central HS2 interchange. This will provide a test-bed for selected projects and catalyst for commercialisation.

Big Data Corridor: a new business economy is co-funded by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund (Project 12R16P00220)

Project Partners

Big Data Corridor is led by Birmingham City Council with expert support from partners to assist you:


Digital Birmingham, a part of Birmingham City Council’s Information, Technology and Digital Services section, are a skilled team of professionals working to improve the way services are delivered through the use of digital and smart technologies.

For the last 10 years, we have been at the forefront of leading the city’s digital and Smart Cities development, working collaboratively with many varied clients and partners across the public, private and third sector to attract and manage digital investment and innovation.

We have a track record of success in designing, testing and mainstreaming digital and ICT innovation to support more effective service delivery shaped by the needs and wants of citizens.



Aston University team encompasses experts in photonics and machine learning. The photonics team pursues a diverse range of device-and-system-level topics at the leading edge of technology including visible-light communications, fibre-optic (broadband) communications, fibre optic sensors for medical, food, car, power and aerospace and avionics industries.  Our expertise also covers sensing for the environment, including harsh environments and the gas and oil industries.  Our Computer Science team has experts in artificial intelligence and web design and data processing, for example visualisation and classification of data.

We work closely with businesses providing consultancy on appropriate technologies for product development and solving practical challenges with and for businesses. We will advise on available solutions, advanced existing and new emerging technologies, their limits and benefits, compare costs and gains. We have over decade experience in working with businesses in various areas (e.g. successful collaborations with AIRBUS, Warburtons, BRANSCAN, OPTIMEC, GASDATA, Medtronic, Finisar and many others).

We have demonstrators available and we would like to work with you to innovate and create new solutions and products using big data.



Birmingham City University has built a data platform to help you unlock the potential of big data to grow your business. Our team of experts is at hand to help you identify and source relevant datasets of interest to your business, analyse, visualise and develop predictive modelling to provide data insights. Our one to one support is complemented by workshops to enhance your existing skills to use the data platform and include introductory and advanced sessions on types and source of data, analytics, predictive modelling, security and risk, API development to name a few.

Whether you are new to or already using big data, we are looking forward to meeting you to discuss your specific requirements and help you meet your business aspirations.



Enable iD is a project partner contributing by helping to define and deliver the technology framework strategy to enable SME innovation using data. Our activities include data architecture, data aggregation, database design and overseeing management of data dissemination. We are doing so through a series of service systems process and technology design workshops and with BDC stakeholders, Data-as-an-Asset workshops and 121’s with SME beneficiaries.



The Innovation Birmingham Campus provides office space, meeting facilities, business incubation and a programme of events for the innovators, entrepreneurs and investors of tech and digital start-ups with high growth potential.

Tenants based at the Innovation Birmingham Campus include the education social network company Wambiz, who has recently signed a deal worth £2m with Tribal Group, as well as Kaido and Quickcode Labs, who both featured in this year’s global Digital Leaders DL100 list.

Charlotte Crossley, Head of External Relations at Innovation Birmingham, commented:

“The Innovation Birmingham Campus is actively looking to work with and bring together the public and private sectors, creating interfaces for people with ideas, people with technologies, people with expertise and experience, and people with money, to drive collaboration, thereby promoting innovation”







The West Midlands Combined Authority has a number of priorities including public sector reform, housing, productivity and skills, but transport remains a cornerstone to the organisation.

TfWM invests to improve the regional transport structure, working towards an integrated public transport system that’s safe and secure. At the same time we are busy planning for the future through innovation and transformation in our service delivery methods.