A firm which provides geographical data for the aviation industry has taken space at Westcott Venture Park.

SLC Associates – Geomatic Solutions, which has relocated from Aylesbury, has agreed a 10-year lease with park owner PATRIZIA Hanover Property Unit Trust on 1,763 sq ft of refurbished office space at Building 407.

A total of 12 staff moved in during April. In addition, the firm has a number of remote staff members and an office in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, a huge emerging market for the business.

Stephen Card, director of operations at SLC Geomatic Solutions, said: “Our primary goal is to continue to deliver geospatial data of the highest quality from our new home at Westcott.

“The decision to relocate to Westcott was driven by several factors, with data security being a top priority due to the sensitive nature of our work and the regulatory scrutiny we face. Westcott offers a secure environment, complete with a security gate equipped with Automatic Number Plate Recognition, round the clock manned surveillance, and CCTV monitoring.  Additionally, the location provides ample parking space, making it an ideal fit for our operations.

“We are excited to engage with other businesses at the park, particularly the drone companies on site, as we see this as a potential area for business expansion.  This may include the provision of digital terrain to facilitate automated aircraft landings and high-resolution mapping for automated guidance systems.”

Nigel MacKenzie, development manager for Westcott, said: “The addition of SLC to the vibrant cluster of companies in the aviation sector at Westcott highlights the park’s appeal to industry players. The growing presence of aviation and drone companies at the park signals a bright future for the site, carrying on its rich aviation history.”

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