London, 07th November

We are delighted to announce that Steve Birdsall, Gaist’s founder and chief executive, won the Entrepreneur of the Year award at the Heropreneur Awards – the awards that celebrate outstanding business achievements by former Armed Forces personnel.

The awards are supported by the Ministry of Defence and Warwick Business School and are run in partnership with the Daily Telegraph.

The award is testament to the fierce drive and relentless work by Steve, who has grown Gaist from a start-up to a leader in the highways technology sector.

Gaist uses technology including AI to provide an unrivalled level of data and insights about Britain’s road network and roadscape.

Its vast databank – nearly 2 billion megabytes – of detailed and continually updated roadscape imagery has become a critical resource for asset owners and managers including local authorities, contractors and utilities.

The company, which last year secured a near £3 million investment from private equity group, BGF, today deploys its innovative approach internationally, helping to provide clarity on the condition and deterioration rates of national road networks and critical infrastructure. Its global partners include Shimizu Corporation, the Japanese engineering giant.

Gaist was recently showcased for its innovative work delivering projects in collaboration with the Department for Transport at the World Roads Congress in Abu Dhabi.

Steve joined the awards finalists from the 11 categories – which include start-ups, rural enterprises and technology – at a ceremony at the Plaisterers’ Hall in the City of London.

The judges were drawn from across business, politics and the Armed forces and include General Sir John McColl, the chairman of the Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, Nick Jenkins, founder of Moonpig and the Telegraph’s Business Editor, Matt Caines. Well Done Steve!