High Flyer Snaps Up New Market

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Byline: By DAVID JONES Business Correspondent

GARETH Roberts has perhaps been best known so far as a cartoonist producing illustrations for newspapers, magazines and books.

But now he is sketching out a way to fill a gap in the market for photographic services in North Wales and pencilling in possible clients for the new venture.

Mr Roberts is launching Aerial Media Services from an office at Pare Menai business park, Bangor, to provide still photography using digital and film-loaded cameras to capture imagery for use in a whole range of sectors. Later he hopes to move into aerial filming for television.

"The core business to begin with will consist of aerial property surveys, legal work in, for example, boundary disputes, heritage and archaeological surveys, road transport issues, in agriculture for crop trials, flood monitoring and in pollution monitoring - for example, when there are coastal oil spills," he said.

He added the environmental aspects of the work had huge potential for the future - not only for flood and pollution monitoring, but also in land use studies and droughts.

His customer base is likely to include local authorities, the Welsh Assembly Government, national park authorities, universities, etc.

Mr Roberts, 44, of Deiniolen, will use a Cessna aircraft based at Caernarfon airport and says his catchment area will cover from Anglesey to Aberystwyth and across to the Welsh border at Wrexham and Welshpool. …