Two high-tech firms in the Midlands are proceeding with innovative development projects after landing grants worth almost £300,000.
Pulsar Process Measurement, in Malvern, and Q-Par Angus, in Leominster, have been awarded research and development grants totalling £284,000 via Advantage West Midlands, and delivered locally through the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.
Pulsar Process Measurement was formed in 1997 and has grown rapidly to become a world-leading measurement instrument manufacturer, producing instruments that measure and control the level and flow of substances ranging from water through to powder and rocks.
Now the 30-employee firm intends to use the £93,000 grant to "expand our technology and product range to create new worldwide opportunities for the company," said managing director Keith Beard.
Q-Par Angus - founded by Richard and Jenny Holliday in 1973 - manufactures radio antennas, components and complete systems.
"We are equipped to undertake all aspects of RF and microwave design and consultancy including research and development through to manufacture, tests and field trials," said Ms Holliday.
A high proportion of the company's products are sold overseas and the firm will use the £191,000 grant to develop a small, high-resolution radar.