Putting Passengers First Award with Network Rail

At the end of November, Network Rail held their 3rd annual Rail Engineering & Asset Management National Conference, with the theme of “Delivering a Better Railway for our Customers”.

We’re really pleased that our OLErt solution was awarded the ‘Putting Passengers First’ award – beating off some incredible competition. It’s additionally important to us as this was judged by Network Rail’s senior technical community from across the UK.

The caps of a great year of recognition for OLErt which has won industry awards from RIA in November and the Rail Partnership awards earlier in June. Additionally, the innovative solution featured in our ‘Rail Matters’ programme and a feature in August’s edition of Rail Engineer.

We must also give thanks to all the businesses and organisations who are part of this innovation – Network Rail, LNW, GWR, Oxford University, Icomera – as well as Innovate UK and DfT innovation funds too.

Network Rail CEO Andrew Haines alongside Jon Shaw, Chief Engineer, presented the awards in the Great Hall at Birmingham University.

Royal representative presents Incremental with Queen’s Award

Her Majesty the Queen’s representative, The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Jo Ropner, attended a special ceremony in November to present Incremental Solutions with their Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Daniel Lee-Bursnall (l), The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Mrs Jo Ropner, and Lewis Gill (r).

Announced in April of this year, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise was awarded to 200 organisations in the UK, with Incremental Solutions being recognised for their innovative work in the rail sector, where their technology is deployed across the UK rail network helping to prevent incidents and make the network operate more efficiently.

As The Queen’s formal representative, Mrs Ropner was joined by representatives from business-growth bodies InnovateUK and Make it York, the Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Janet Looker – as well as many of Incremental Solutions’ partners and clients – such as Network Rail and GWR.

Sean Bullick, Managing Director of Make It York, said:

“I’d like to congratulate Incremental Solutions on becoming a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. Their innovative work in transport safety and vision for an efficient transport network fit for the 21st century is of great importance to both the industry, and the City of York. It’s great to see them receiving recognition for their achievements in this field.”

Daniel Lee-Bursnall, founder and Commercial Director at Incremental Solutions added;

“The amount of people we’ve invited to this award ceremony is representative of not only how many people have played their part in enabling our systems to benefit the rail network, but also to the importance of the future development and safety of our rail infrastructure. We’re so proud and feel it’s a fantastic achievement and honor to be representing not only the North, but also all innovators who are improving the things we often take for granted.”

The event took place in York where Incremental Solutions are based – and is also a city of rich rail-related heritage. Even more fittingly, the ceremony celebrating the future of the rail network was held at the National Railway Museum, which of course celebrates it’s past.

Incremental honoured with Queen’s Award for Enterprise

Incremental Solutions - founders, Daniel Lee-Bursnall and Lewis Gill
(L-R) Founders Daniel Lee-Bursnall and Lewis Gill

We’re incredibly proud to announce today that we are to be honoured with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise – Innovation, 2019.

As just one of 200 organisations nationally to be recognised, this is a privilege and reflects the incredible hard work the team and our partner organisations perform each day.

The Awards are in their 53rd year, and are considered the most prestigious business awards in the country. They recognise outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

Of the award, Daniel Lee-Bursnall, Founder and Commercial Director, said;
“To say we’re incredibly proud is something of an understatement. This level of recognition is outstanding and full credit must go to the wider Incremental team and our partners for the hard work they do. There’s a real opportunity to improve rail and transport network’s performance with the clever use of technology, and we’re pleased to be based here in York and helping to lead that change.”

We will celebrate the award during a royal reception for Queen’s Award winners in June this year.

To read the full press release, click here (redirects to PDF)

For more information about The Queen’s Awards, visit; www.gov.uk/queens-awards-for-enterprise