One-month countdown to South West Aerospace Oscars

Published on: 8th May 2018

Stars of the South West’s aerospace and defence sectors have one month to submit their entries for the West of England Aerospace Forum (WEAF) Aerospace Ambassadors Awards, as the deadline of the 1st of June fast approaches.

This is the second 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.

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

  • Best Aerospace Engineer
  • Best Young Aerospace Entrant
  • SME Star Employee Ambassador Award
  • The Ed Strongman Life Time Achievement Award
  • Best Aerospace Extra Mile Ambassador Award
  • Best Aerospace Media Ambassador Award

Adrian Harding of WEAF, the leading membership trade organisation for aerospace and defence companies in the South West, said: “Aerospace and defence industries in the South West have some of the most creative and innovative people in the world. These awards will celebrate all those who are day-in-day-out making significant contributions to their companies. We welcome applications from across the board, from engineering excellence to the cross over between aerospace and creative industries in the form of short films.

“We have already had some fantastic applications, but with just a month to go to the entry deadline, the clock is ticking, so please send in your nominations as soon as possible. And if you work in aerospace or defence, book your seat under Concorde for one of the networking  events of the year.”

The headline sponsors for the Awards are Artemis Optical and SKF Aerospace. Individual award categories are being supported by AACE, Airbus, Bridgwater & Taunton College, Castlemead Insurance, Trowers and Hamlins LLP, and Aro PR and Marketing.

The winners will be selected by an independent panel of recognised experts from across the region’s aerospace and defence industry. They will be announced at a celebration dinner at Aerospace Bristol, on Wednesday 27th June 2018, under Concorde.

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