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Hartley Wintney company gets £670,000 funding boost
AN AERIAL photography firm in Hartley Wintney will upgrade its eye-in-the-sky after securing a major funding boost worth £670,000.
Getmapping, based in High Street, applied for funding from banking giant Santander to buy a new aerial camera to take higher-quality pictures of land in the UK.
The firm, founded in 1998 by Winchfield resident Tristram Cary, supplies aerial photography and mapping products to organisations such as developers, conservation groups and local government. It employs 25 people.
Paul Taylor-Toms, finance director at Getmapping, said: “We are delighted to have secured the funding for this new camera.
“We are passionate about the photography we do, and this will enable us to produce even better images and get even more detailed data about the country around us.”
The new equipment, called a Vexcel UltraCam, will help the firm take on bigger projects, including a four-year, multi-million pound project with the Scottish Government to take aerial photographs of Scotland.
The company first used aerial photography to produce the Millennium Map, an aerial photographic survey of the UK.
It has access to 10 aircraft to take the photos and has expanded into taking pictures of Africa, supporting mining and infrastructure projects.
Richard Sollis, relationship director at Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “We are thrilled to have supported Paul and his team with this new purchase.
“It’s great to be able to work with such a landmark and innovative local business and to be able to support them to expand and grow.”
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