Lincoln defence company named Most Innovative Small Business

Lincoln defence company Inzpire Limited has been named as the region’s Most Innovative Small Business in the Great Faces of British Business competition, in association with BT.

The company, based off Kingsley Road in Lincoln, supplies aviation training and cutting-edge mission systems to the defence aviation sector worldwide.

Inzpire is a partner of the UK Ministry of Defence and are a joint-services operation across Navy, Army and Air Force with 800 years of combined military experience.

The firm makes GECO family of mission systems for both airborne and land applications. They also train the British Army to fly Apache helicopters, instruct RAF pilots in cockpit skills and support UK Typhoon operations.

This regional feat means it is now in the running to win £30,000 of government support if it is named as the overall national winner of the title.

The Business is Great Britain campaign launched the competition in 2014 to find the most innovative and exciting UK businesses.

The winners will be decided by a combination of judging and public vote, each making up 50% of the final decision.

There were 520 entries to the Business is Great Campaign, and the applications were assessed by a judging panel consisting of UKTI representatives, BT Business Representatives and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

Business Minister Matthew Hancock said: “Inzpire Limited is a brilliant example of a successful small firm run by enterprising and hardworking people. We are backing them all the way and, with the advice and support on offer, there has never been a better time to start and grow a business in the UK.”

Votes can be made by visiting the Great Business website and will close on February 23 for the winner to be announced March 3.

This story was first published in issue 14 of the Lincolnshire Business magazine.