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Gerald David OBE Award for Innovation in Business Radio

Providing Customer Value Requires Innovation in all Areas of Activity

All healthy markets grow and change to best address the current needs of the customers. Business Radio, is no exception. 

Achieving business success is no longer just a matter of providing ever-better products. Customers want the full range of value-add services to be included in their suppliers’ offering. Customers still want the best value for money in their products, of course. But they also must have the best accompanying services that support solution requirement capture, delivery, installation, pre and post-sale support and long-term maintenance.

All products, processes and back-up arrangements that change to meet the evolving needs of the customer require innovative approaches on the part of the supplier to meet the new demands or value will be lost. Furthermore, in the effort to recover from shortfalls, costs can quickly spiral out of control.

The FCS is fully aware of all this. That is why the Gerald David Award for Innovation has had its scope expanded to include all facets of solution-provision in the industry. The FCS believes the industry will remain strong as long as it innovates to address the achievement of customer value. 


The New 2018 Gerald David Award

The Gerald David (OBE) Award for Innovation in Business Radio remains the only award in the UK for innovation in Business Radio and so winning is a very substantial mark of achievement.  

With the renewed focus toward the whole scope of industry activity, the 2018 Award has been changed completely to make it accessible to all activities undertaken by BR members, in addition, there is a much-improved Benefits Package for the winner and also a package for all participants. 

The New Gerald David Award will therefore look at new areas including:

  • Innovation in products, their design and manufacturing, as before.
  • Innovation in New Services implemented by software systems of any kind.
  • New innovative ways to serve customers through better solutions, greater flexibility to meet the customer needs and similar value-add.
  • Better solution provision through innovative approaches to putting customer solutions into use with emphasis on appropriate resilience, site engineering and installation.
  • Activities leading to the encouragement of a new generation of BR professionals to ensure a new and vital industry going forward into the future
  • Innovative approaches towards exploiting the new business opportunities that are very likely to come through socio-political changes.

These changes will ensure the award remains directly related to the important activities in the industry in this changing world we now operate in.

As before, the new award will again be limited to FCS members.

You can download your invitation here. This document provides all the information on the Award, the benefits, deadlines, required information to support an application, the criteria by which it will be judged and when and where you will collect your award if you win. This document is thus a one-stop shop for everything.

This document is also your application entry form. All you have to do is fill in the boxes in the document where responses are invited and send it back to businessradio@fcs.org.uk with the necessary accompanying information.

Because the award assumes an electronic submission, this invitation is provided by email only.  Note: some may be using an early version of W10.  In certain circumstances, this does not permit entries to be typed in when viewed as the attachment.  In these cases, simply download the form and use it from your computer.

Entries: Please remember that this award is open to FCS members only.

Applicants are invited to complete the boxes in this document and send the whole document back to businessradio@fcs.org.uk by the 26th October.


About Business Radio and the Gerald David Award.

The United Kingdom relies heavily on Business Radio services to deliver essential services of general interest to everyone, including the correct functioning of Critical National Infrastructure. It is safe to say that without Business Radio, the UK would have difficulty putting food in the shops, keeping warm or staying safe. In short, BR has a significant input into many vital services and plays a major role in keeping our society going.

Business Radio is often wrongly characterised as old-fashioned and unchanging. Nothing could be further from the truth. BR is actually ahead of the curve in many ways. The Internet of Things which, in business radio terms is widely deployed as telemetry has been in place and operating successfully for decades. White Space Shared Spectrum, is only a form of what is for us every-day shared spectrum management and very high grade radio communications that other services are still struggling (and mostly failing) to achieve, is simply “what we do”. But our industry is not complacent. New and exciting innovations are constantly being introduced. The integration of the IP world into Business Radio offers the potential for all manner of new and exciting solutions for our customers.

The industry is moving along a path that will revolutionise the whole sector. Even for those who have no plans to change from their existing operations, the impact overall in terms of additional facilities will be beneficial. The level of innovation within the industry is extremely high. This is fortunate as without that innovation to solve difficult technical problems, the industry could become a victim of its own success. As the business grows and develops, so the problems we encounter and will encounter in the future will grow too.

It was for that reason that Gerald David OBE instigated the Award. He correctly foresaw that very high levels of innovation would be essential to keep the industry surging forward. The FCS is proud to maintain his legacy and keep this very important award growing from strength to strength.

The winner will be announced at this year's FCS Business Radio Gala Dinner on 15th November.

If you have any queries about the award, please contact businessradio@fcs.org.uk or call the FCS Team on: 020 7186 5432.


Past Winners

  • 2016: Panorama Antennas Ltd
  • 2015 Joint Winners: SMC & Maxxwave
  • 2014: Panorama Antennas Ltd
  • 2013: Motorola Solutions
  • 2012: Sepura Plc
  • 2011: AW Communication Systems Ltd
  • 2010: Kenwood Electronics UK Ltd
  • 2009: MiMoMax
  • 2008: AWCSL
  • 2007: Team Simoco
  • 2006: AW Communication Systems
  • 2005: Team Simoco
  • 2004 Inaugural Winner: Key Radio