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SBS CIC is an aerial drone service provider with an emphasis on environmentally-conscious practices and sustainability.

Our drone photography in Manchester aims to accomplish two tasks. Firstly, as mentioned, we want to support and promote sustainable practices for a variety of industries, with our drone service that can provide real value, as well as helping your business reduce its impact on the planet. We are also a registered CIC, which relates to our other goal – we want to provide working opportunities for those who have sustained life-changing injuries, which have rendered them disabled. Opportunities for people in those positions are limited, when it comes to a return to work. We're here to give people the second chance they deserve, thanks to our Manchester-based UAV inspection.






Reduce Emissions and Costs While Helping Provide Real Opportunity

Contact us today to discuss how our drone photography in Manchester can serve your business. Call us now on 0161 470 4739, email or complete our contact form to arrange a call back at a time that suits you.

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Accreditations and Partnerships

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                BI NDT logo Moonrock Drone Insurance logo HISCOX logo      ARPAS UK logo

Prince's Trust logo UNLIMITED logo Millimetres 2 mountains foundation logo The Air League logo Adaptive Grandslam logo          

Community Interest Companies logo Certified Social Enterprise logo Disability Confident logo







Joseph Barnaby
CEO and Founder

Joseph Barnaby is the CEO and founder of Sky Based Solutions CIC, a Manchester-based social enterprise that offers drone-based services. Joseph has a passion for active sports, but his love for aviation and the aerospace industry started long before he began skydiving in 2014 and later took up BASE jumping in 2018. Despite suffering a severe accident in 2020 that ended his professional skydiving career and rendered him disabled Joseph's passion for the aviation industry has only grown stronger. He is also interested in geospatial services and environmental work and how drones can be used in these fields.

A Charitable Focus.

Joseph's vision is to provide access to employment for disabled individuals through the use of drone technology. He founded Sky Based Solutions CIC to create opportunities for disabled individuals in the drone industry, with a specific focus on geospatial services and environmental work. The social enterprise offers training and employment opportunities for disabled individuals, breaking down barriers to a meaningful career and empowering them to reach their full potential.

Sky Based Solutions CIC offers a range of drone-based services, including aerial photography and videography, surveying and mapping, and inspection services for various industries. The company's goal is to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce in the drone industry while also providing high-quality services to its clients.

Joseph and his team at Sky Based Solutions CIC are committed to positively impacting society through the power of innovation and technology. They believe that everyone should have equal opportunities and access to employment, regardless of their physical abilities. The social enterprise is dedicated to creating a more accessible and inclusive future for all, with a particular focus on the aviation, geospatial, environmental and future-proof industries.







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Our Goals.

The goal of Sky Based Solutions CIC is to provide training and employment opportunities for disabled individuals in the drone industry, with the aim of breaking down barriers to employment and empowering disabled individuals to reach their full potential. By doing so, they hope to create a more inclusive and diverse workforce in the drone industry while also providing high-quality services to clients.

Joseph Barnaby, the founder of Sky Based Solutions CIC, has a personal experience with sustaining a life-changing injury while pursuing his passion for extreme sports. He knows first-hand the challenges that disabled individuals face in finding meaningful employment opportunities. Through his social enterprise, Joseph aims to help others who have experienced similar challenges by providing work opportunities.

By providing these opportunities, Sky Based Solutions CIC hopes to help disabled individuals regain their sense of purpose and passion for life while also promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce. This, in turn, creates a positive impact on society by breaking down barriers to employment and empowering individuals who may have otherwise been overlooked in the job market.




Voluntary Emergency Support.

Another element of our service is the support we provide to search and rescue teams. We are able to provide drone support in a variety of emergency scenarios, including search and rescue. With a birds-eye view, we can assist you in identifying missing persons, injured hikers and the like.

Please reach out in the event of an emergency. We are happy to provide assistance whenever we can.

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When we're not serving our local community with drone photography in Manchester, SBS organise and runs trips and events, in partnership with a variety of charities. These trips can include anything from accessible days in nature to flying lessons! Working with those in our work programme, as well as other disabled people within the local community, we run these trips 4x per year.

Activities include:

  • Paralympic Sports
  • Mountaineering
  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Paragliding
  • Parachuting

  • Indoor Flying
  • Watersports
  • Kitesurfing
  • Diving
  • Piloting





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