Lincoln company receives second Queen’s Award

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Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis, and Deputy Lieutenant Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach presented Inzpire Limited with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation during a reception at the company’s newly refurbished head office.

This is the second time the Lincoln-based defence company has been bestowed with the Queen’s Award, after initially receiving the award in 2021 for its GECO Air electronic flight bag.

This year, it is the company’s GECO Mission Support System which has merited Inzpire’s inclusion in the prestigious awards.

Designed by ex-military aviators and industry-leading engineers from Inzpire’s Mission Systems Division, the GECO Mission Support System enhances safety and effectiveness for aircraft operations. Consisting of ground-based mission planning tools and a ruggedised tablet which is used in-flight to assist aircrew during complex operations, the system has been in use with the UK Ministry of Defence for over a decade and is employed by several international armed forces, as well as being utilised during a number of humanitarian crises.

During the ceremony, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis explained that since the awards’ inauguration in 1966, 1357 companies have been honoured with a Queen’s Award, averaging around 25 per year. He said this demonstrated how prestigious the award is, especially for a business to have won it twice.

Hugh Griffiths, Inzpire CEO said: “It was an honour to host Her Majesty’s representatives at Inzpire’s new head office facility. This award means a huge amount to me personally, as it does to so many people here, because 80% of our employees are ex-military and spent a great number of years serving Her Majesty in the armed forces. Many of our employees are still reservists and continue to serve alongside their day jobs here at Inzpire.”

Inzpire’s Andy Woodrow and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Toby Dennis

On accepting the award from Her Majesty’s representatives, Andy Woodrow, Head of Mission Systems at Inzpire said, “To repeat our 2014 achievement and receive a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation for the next iteration of our GECO Mission Support Systems is testimony to our determination to provide the very best for our customers. 

“As we increase our user community, with new customers such as the UK Military Flight Training School, we will continue to deliver first class systems and support to the armed forces’ future aviators. With the excellent people within Inzpire, the sky truly is the limit.”