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Gooch and Housego secures £0.8m from UK Regional Growth Fund

Gooch and Housego, based in Torquay, UK, has been awarded £800,000 worth of funding from the UK government's Regional Growth Fund (RGF), for integrating its technology with photonics fibre optics products. G&H was one of 37 businesses to be selected from 133 applications, and s Systems Technology Group (STG).

The STG group founded in early 2013 has a remit to design, develop and prototype systems-level products. The objective is to build a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in mechanical, electronic and software design and to integrate these technologies with G&H’s expertise in photonics and fibre optics.

The STG is currently focused on innovative Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) fibre systems for medical imaging and erbium doped fibre (EDFA) systems for satellite communication.

According to G&H Torquay general manager, Graham Catley: ‘The RGF funding will mean G&H is able to further strengthen its expertise in a number of areas which are key to the strategic growth of both the company and also European leadership in this area. The resulting expansion of the R&D and production facilities at G&H Torquay will be a tremendous boost to both employment and the reputation of the Torbay area.’

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