Launched in April this year by Amy and Sam, Drone Factor started to take shape in September 2016 and following storm Doris in the early part of this year, the pair decided that the time was right to get trained, commercially licenced and fully insured to fly UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) commercially. Since then they have started working for blue chip providers…And that’s before they start printing stunning aerial photography.
During the development of the business plan, which was 90 pages at one point, they realised that they were going to be able to go big with this business in a short period of time. The nature of drone technologies is such that there is always progress, so planning 6 to 12 months in advance is important to ensure Drone Factor have the best systems available. The initial investment training, hardware and setup costs were self-funded through a Sam’s contract teaching at Wirral Metropolitan College and Amy’s job at Marks & Spencer.
With support from Enterprise Hub partner; Wirral Chamber, Drone Factor Ltd took shape rapidly. In the short time they have been operating, they have created promotional videos for Ness Botanical Gardens, created 3D maps of ancient meadows at Royden Park, and have begun developing their system integration with Merseyside Search & Rescue, along with creating a suite of beautiful images of Wirral and Cheshire.
Drone Factor plan to expand their aerial inventory to accommodate a wide range of emergency service assistance, including the RNLI, Police and Fire Service as well as thermal imaging surveys and long range inspection work.
Speaking about the programme, Sam said;
“The help and support that we’ve received through Wirral Enterprise Hub has been brilliant. We have been introduced to some great contacts as well as being able to pop into the Enterprise Hub to run ideas by the team or use their space to work on the business”
In its first month of operating, Dronefactor provided footage for a Channel 4 documentary, and have recently set up CopterKids, a drone flight school and club aimed at 8-14 year olds. Also, to accommodate for weddings and other special events, a specially designed sub-brand named AirHeart, as a homage to the famous female aviator, Amelia Earhart.
Visit www.dronefactor.co.uk for more information on pricing and other benefits they can bring.
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