On presenting the award, Nigel Taylor, the Managing Director of Taylor Made Computer Solutions, stated: “Using technology in an innovative, challenging and unorthodox way, the team at Southampton Airport pushed back against initial resistance in a highly regulated industry…Their use of innovation has subsequently helped bring additional business benefits to the region and made the Solent region, a well-connected, well-serviced and highly-desirable place to do business in.”
Dan Townsend, Airside Operations and Safety Manager at Southampton Airport, said: “Southampton Airport is very proud to be one of the leading innovators in the airport industry and this project is a great example of a brilliant team approach to introducing new technology into a highly complex environment. It is a huge honour to win this award and continue to develop the airport as a great South Coast business.”
Ian Rogers, the Director at Clear Flight Solutions, added: "Clear Flight Solutions is delighted to be a part of the winning team at Southampton Airport. The award received is the result of the airport having a vision to ensure the safety of its passengers and the technical innovation our company was able to apply with its unique unmanned ornithopter, Robird."
Held at the Ageas Bowl Hilton on Friday 13 July, the ceremony was attended by many businesses from the South Coast and was hosted by the England’s 1966 World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst.