Countdown begins to South West aerospace Oscars

Countdown begins to South West aerospace Oscars

Sweaflogotars of Dorset’s aerospace and defence sectors are being encouraged to submit their entries for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) Aerospace Ambassadors Awards, as the deadline fast approaches.

Nominations for the awards close on 9 June 2017.  Winners will be announced at a celebration dinner taking place on 28 June at Bristol Museum.

This is the first year WEAF has run the awards which are designed to celebrate individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the region’s aerospace and defence industry.

The South West has one of the largest concentrations of aerospace and defence capabilities in Europe, and is the biggest aerospace cluster in the UK worth more than £7 billion. Dorset companies represent almost 15% of the total WEAF membership, and include leading names in the aerospace industry such as Beagle Technology Group based in Christchurch which designs and manufactures metallic and composite parts and structures, as well as highly finished components.

The awards are free to enter and are open to everyone working in the sector. The six award categories are:

  • Best Aerospace Design Engineer
  • Best Young Aerospace Entrant
  • Best representative of Diversity
  • Ed Strongman Legacy Award
  • Best Aerospace Customer Service
  • Best Aerospace Media Ambassador (Short film)

The winners will be selected by an independent panel of recognised experts from across the region’s aerospace and defence industry.

Simon Young, Chief Executive of WEAF, the leading membership trade organisation for aerospace and defence companies in the South West, said: “The South West’s aerospace sector contains some of the brightest and most talented individuals in engineering today.  These awards are designed to celebrate the sector’s unsung heroes and shine a spotlight on their outstanding achievements.

“We’ve had some impressive submissions already but with less than a month to go to the entry deadline, the clock is ticking, so please don’t let talent and achievement go unrecognised – get nominating now! And if you’re in aerospace engineering and the sector, don’t miss out on an exceptional opportunity to network and celebrate – book your place at what promises to be an inspiring and uplifting evening!”


John Taylor - BeagleJohn Taylor, Managing Director at Beagle Technology Group and board member of Bournemouth and Poole College, said: “I know from first-hand experience the significant role that Dorset companies play – both financially and jobs wise – in the South West’s aerospace sector.  There are so many talented individuals working in Dorset’s aerospace sector, many of whom are involved in the iAero project which aims to develop the South West’s aerospace capability by improving technology, skills and supply chains. So let’s put the county firmly on the aerospace map by nominating our brightest and best aerospace stars and coming together for a great night of celebration and networking!”

Headline sponsors include Clevedon-based SKF Aerospace – which specialises in the design and manufacture of high technology self-lubricated plain bearings for aerospace and industrial applications.

Individual award sponsors include Airbus, Castlemead Insurance, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Smith and Williamson, Trowers and Hamlins LLP and Aro PR and Marketing.

To nominate someone for an award or to book your place, call WEAF on Tel: 01275 872353 or visit