Press Release

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise 2022

Developing Assets (UK) which trades as HeliOperations has won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales.

HeliOperations is one of 225 UK organisations to receive a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise which recognizes exceptional short-term growth in overseas sales during the last three years.

HeliOperations is based at The Heliport, Osprey Quay, Portland, Dorset, delivering helicopter training and other aviation related services. Since purchasing the Portland site in 2017, HeliOperations has become a leading provider of training, with a primary focus on Search and Rescue operating the iconic Sea King helicopter. The Company has grown its workforce from just two employees to around 50 staff inside five years, providing employment in high technology trades and contributing considerably to the local economy. Additional facilities have been established in Cornwall where it operates a simulator with additional maintenance and storage facilities at Somerton in Somerset. A growing portfolio of international customers includes the German and Pakistan Navies, the Royal Norwegian and Bangladesh Air Forces plus the UK’s Empire Test Pilots’ School HeliOperations. Its rapidly established status as a key player within the aviation training sector is expected to expand significantly over the coming years. The recent approval for the development of an additional building at its Portland base has further demonstrated HeliOperations long-term commitment to the area.

Steve Gladston HeliOps

Mr Steve Gladston

HeliOperations CEO, who set up HeliOperations 20 years ago

“We are extremely honoured that Her Majesty has approved an Award for Enterprise to HeliOperations. It reflects the huge effort by the whole team at Portland as well as in Cornwall and Somerset over a number of years. We have received a very warm welcome by Portland and Dorset and through that support and from the Government have been able to thrive and grow. We are very excited about future developments and look forward to working with and hopefully benefitting the local community over the coming years”.