Solomon is a trading division of Hebe Works Limited with offices in Leeds. Hebe Works is an award winning media and technology company, named as one of England’s 50 most creative companies by Creative England during 2016.

Hebe's products offer people a deeper understanding of place. They include printed and online media, film, intelligent hardware and intelligence software.

In 2014, having helped Leeds City Council create Leeds Data Mill, the city’s online repository for open data, our team set to work creating products and services that connected people with valuable, hyperlocal information like bin collection times and planning applications.

Building on the success of these early experiments with both location-aware technology and the use of open data, and with support from Leeds City Council, the Local Government Association (LGA), the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), we consolidated our work into one central portal: a self-service dashboard for hyperlocal information. 

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Thanks to an 18 month-long industrial research programme, supported by Innovate UK, Solomon grew into a highly functional, high performance, browser-based software platform for use on any sized screen. It has been designed with security and scale in mind, and takes advantage of the very best of modern web technologies. Furthermore, thanks to the work of a dedicated UX designer, Solomon is elegant and intuitive.

To-date, the Solomon platform has also been used to create prototype dashboard solutions for NHS England and Yorkshire Water. We believe that our team and technology’s differentiating factor is the ability to provide users with access to information without requiring them to have prior experience of working with or interpreting data. Our aim is to transform data into “stories” that explain findings and provide insight with minimum effort on the part of the user.

In December 2015 we began talking to Leeds Business Improvement District about how the Solomon platform could create value for their organisation and customers. BIDs have a fixed window of opportunity (normally a five-year term) to demonstrate their value to the businesses who fund their work, before those businesses take a vote on whether the BID will continue to exist. There is a requirement, therefore, for a solution that empowers BID teams to organise and manage their data and present it back to customers and stakeholders in order to show accountability and highlight success.