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Frazer-Nash’s 21 top stories of 2021

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We look back on some of our highlights from the last 12 months.

We look back on some of our highlights from the last 12 months.

In 2021, we were fortunate enough to have plenty of happy moments to share. Just in case you missed any, here are 21 reminders of the good news stories we were celebrating during the year.

At the beginning of the year, Frazer-Nash joined the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). This affiliation allows us to provide technical expertise to support the Nuclear AMRC and its members, building on the ongoing collaboration we have with the centre as part of the Nuclear Innovation Programme funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Also in January, Frazer-Nash won a place on the Homes England Strategic Research and Economic Analysis Professional Services framework. As one of just 25 suppliers in England, our experts were looking forward to supporting strong and compelling regeneration cases with Homes England, as it strives to improve neighbourhoods and grow communities.

In February, we reported that The Engineer’s Collaborate to Innovate went digital – with the fifth annual search for the UK’s most inspiring examples of innovative engineering collaboration taking place ‘virtually’. As a headline sponsor of C2I2020, Frazer-Nash had the pleasure of introducing a new category to the 2020 Collaborate to Innovate competition: The Future Thinking Award.

Later in February, the defence sector faced challenges and opportunities in achieving the Net Zero Carbon 2050 mandate. Frazer-Nash hosted a panel discussion to discuss the challenges and opportunities identified within the defence community: from strategic decision and policy making, through to technology and platform development, and estates and logistics provision.

At the end of February, Frazer-Nash was helping East West Railway Company to transform its vision into reality, by developing an enterprise architecture for the new rail link connecting communities between Oxford and Cambridge. The rail route will benefit those across the area by avoiding the need for longer journeys via London.

Frazer-Nash committed to the Science Based Targets Initiative in March, joining a growing group of leading companies that are demonstrating the highest level of ambition on climate and paving the way to a net-zero future.

Excitingly, in May, a Frazer-Nash team won a place in APM Challenge final. The South Wales and West of England Project Management Challenge competition saw Frazer-Nash’s ‘Team IKB’ supporting Freewheelers Emergency Voluntary Service (EVS), which delivers a lifesaving service to the NHS in South West England. 

At the end of May, our Aerospace Manager, Luke Bonnett, was shortlisted for the Ex-Forces in Business Awards. Luke was recognised for his strong delivery of technical projects, and his successful work with our clients in the aerospace and aviation sectors.

In June of 2021, Frazer-Nash welcomed a New Parents’ Champion to its wellbeing programme. Valerie Hardie was appointed to assist parents of new or young children return to work and continue their career development, and reflected our commitment to our value, ‘we care’.

As June drew to a close, Frazer-Nash’s Holly Reece-Barkell was recognised as one of the top 100 Highly Commended Finalists in The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) campaign to find the Top 50 Women Engineering Heroes. Commenting on her achievement, Holley said: “I hope others read this and are motivated to be brave, to overcome adversity, and to challenge themselves to be the best they can be in whatever industry or field they choose.”

July saw Frazer-Nash approved to medical device quality standard ISO 13485. This achievement demonstrates that our quality management processes and practices meet the stringent regulatory requirements of the medical sector.

In some of the biggest news of the year, in August, it was announced that Frazer-Nash Consultancy was being sold to KBR by Babcock International Group. The sale, which completed in October 2021, sees the companies working together to enhance the way they deliver innovative, cutting-edge solutions to customers around the world.

In August, we also said a big Congratulations to Quoc Do who won a place in the final of Engineers Australia’s Professional Engineer of the Year awards for South Australia. We were extremely proud of Quoc, who was recognised for his outstanding skills, experience, and integrity in the field.

Frazer-Nash celebrated diversity across the UK in July with its Pride week. Donning company branded t-shirts and snapping their best selfies, colleagues from across the UK came together to celebrate Pride with a schedule of curated content, led by the company’s diversity and inclusion team.

In Unmanned Air Systems news, head of the UAS Centre of Excellence at Frazer-Nash, Stuart Keenan, was appointed to the role of Chair of the Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (ARPAS-UK) in August. Stuart’s appointment to this expert role ensures that drones are promoted ‘for good’.

In September, Frazer-Nash undertook a report for the UK government which explored the feasibility of space solar power. Published by BEIS, the report considered the technical feasibility, cost and economics of Space Based Solar Power (SBSP) as a novel generation technology which could help the UK achieve Net Zero emissions by 2050.

 October of 2021 saw Anna Will of Frazer-Nash winning her place in the final for the Young Women Engineer Awards 2021. Anna was recognised for her extraordinary contributions to the STEM field, and her unwavering dedication to encouraging women and young girls into the field through her outreach efforts.

Frazer-Nash was awarded the Australian ‘Challenge Champion’ prize for a digital solution developed as part of the third Gravity Challenge competition in October. The team was down selected by ElectraNet to demonstrate its microclimate modelling solution for greater renewable energy output.

Also in October, a team of runners from Frazer-Nash Consultancy were presented with a trophy to commend their efforts for taking on the London marathon. The team raised a phenomenal £50,000 for mobility charity, WhizzKidz, which will support the work being done to transform the lives of thousands of young wheelchair users across the UK. 

In November, Frazer-Nash rolled out a substantial digital upskilling programme to its people.  This significant investment will upskill people across the business with novel digital abilities.

And finally, in December, Frazer-Nash Consultancy announced it would provide energy generation and distribution technical support to the UK’s £1bn Net Zero Innovation Portfolio. This three-and-a-half year contract will see a team providing technical support to critical Net Zero Innovation Portfolio projects, with the ultimate aim of reaching zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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