The Techies – Meet the winners

By Nick Batten on 22 June, 2023

Now in its sixth year and open for entries, The Techies is a Business Exchange award scheme that celebrates Swindon and Wiltshire’s most exciting tech innovators. 

Over the last few weeks, we have been catching up with some of the winners of the 2022 awards. 

Today we hear from, Hayley Waterton, Marketing Manager of Callen-Lenz, a Salisbury-based aviation consultancy that won the ‘Most Innovative Tech Solution’ category.

The company’s entry focused on the design, development, and manufacture of its VTOL, Medium Sized S2 Uncrewed Aerial System, Koios. The platform offers strategic ISR capabilities and is operationally proven across both defence and civil markets worldwide.

How did it feel to win the Most Innovative Tech Solution at the Techies 2022? 

Our focus is and always will be to deliver outstanding, operationally proven Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS) at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. So, for our market-leading vertical take-off and landing UAS Koios to win the most innovative tech award was an excellent achievement. We are proud to be recognised for our contribution to the technology industry and support of our local Wiltshire economy.

Tell us more about what you do 

Callen-Lenz is a market-leading UK SME delivering operationally proven UAS capabilities, bespoke platforms, rapid prototyping, and avionics, as well as complementary technical consultancy for uncrewed and crewed aviation.

What would be your advice to anyone looking to enter the Techies? 

The Techies recognises local innovation and the positive technological developments across Swindon and Wiltshire; it shines a light on technology across a broad range of sectors, and I certainly think if you are thinking of entering, it is a positive competition and a great evening to be part of.

Are you using your award win in your marketing? 

Yes, we have the award in pride of place within our showroom and also an excellent, feel-good story to share via our LinkedIn channel!

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Pictured above: Hayley Waterton, Marketing Manager of Callen-Lenz (right) with Andy Wheatley, Senior Avionics Systems Engineer for Callen-Lenz at last year’s Techies Awards