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Glider wins inaugural JOSCAR SME Innovation Award

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Stuart Bell, Glider Technology receives the judges’ award

Information management and asset lifecycle software provider, Glider, is the first company to have been presented with the BAE Systems sponsored JOSCAR SME Innovation Award.

The accolade was presented at the renowned Farnborough International Conference & Exhibition Centre during JOSCAR Live 2023, an event for buyers and suppliers from across the defence, aerospace, and security industry.

Hellios JOSCAR, supplier information and risk management provider for the defence, aerospace and security industry, invited multiple organisations to its exclusive members-only event, which took place on 30 June 2023.

The event was created to give delegates a 360-degree view of the risks and challenges currently facing supply chains globally, and collaborate on innovative solutions for these challenges.

To recognise the disruptive capabilities of small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the defence and aerospace supply chain, JOSCAR held the competition to champion innovation.

The judging process for the award consisted of a rigorous evaluation that included the submission of a comprehensive video highlighting Glider’s pioneering innovation.

Six shortlisted companies were then invited to deliver a three minute live presentation at the event.

Glider’s representative, Stuart Bell, director of Sales and Marketing, captivated the audience whilst a countdown timer displayed on the screen behind the stage, adding to the intensity of the moment.

Amanda Wood, Sustainability director, Supply Chain at BAE Systems and the sponsor of the JOSCAR Innovation Award, posed three critical questions to each of the shortlisted companies.

To evaluate Glider’s innovation, the questions centred around the distinguishing factors that set Glider apart from existing market solutions and the vision for future development of the innovation.

Glider’s performance during the Q&A session further solidified the company’s position as a frontrunner for the coveted award.

Glider’s pitch focused on its groundbreaking work with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), primarily involving the digitisation of the DIO’s extensive built estate comprising over 150,000 buildings.

Glider’s innovative solutions and its potential to revolutionise the built environment through their compliant and secure solution caught the attention of the judging panel and established them as trailblazers in the industry.

This award highlights Glider’s commitment to innovation, cutting-edge technology, and transformative solutions.

Glider continues to drive the digital revolution in the construction and infrastructure sectors, inspiring other organisations to follow suit in adopting forward-thinking approaches.

Stuart Bell commented: “We are incredibly honoured to receive the JOSCAR SME Innovation Award, and it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Glider team.

“This recognition validates our commitment to driving digitisation in the construction and infrastructure sectors with a strong focus on security and compliance.

“This was also a great opportunity to promote the work Glider has been doing with the DIO and for suppliers to understand more about the requirements for working with the DIO on projects.”


Build in Digital Stakeholder Glider’s mission is to revolutionise how asset information is managed throughout design, construction and operation of a built asset.

Image: Stuart Bell, Glider Technology receives the judges’ award


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