A six-figure cash injection has helped a crime-busting business set up its headquarters in the Midlands.
Key Forensic Services has used part of the funding to lease 9,000 sq ft of premises on the University of Warwick Science Park.
The cash will also equip the operation with equipment, including three purpose built DNA testing laboratories.
The company says it will have a turnover of around £500,000 during the first year - and the premises allows for expansion into new areas once the core business is established.
Managing director Mike Holden is joined by forensic director Dr Roger King, chairman, Sir Geoffrey Dear, former Chief Constable of the West Midlands, and non-executive director Roger Cook.
The venture provides forensic services for public and private sector companies including police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service.
Mr Holden said: "The initial period since start up has been very encouraging and we have definite plans for expansion in the near future."
The funding came from Bank of Scotland Corporate. Geoff Sims, new business manager at the bank's Solihull operation, said the Government was keen to encourage competition in the sector.
He said: "It's great to work with a company that is taking on that challenge and providing vital services to both the public and private sectors."