A warehouse automation firm has secured five-figure funding to develop its virtual and augmented reality capabilities.

Cheshire-based software business Conveyor Networks, which moved to science and innovation campus 'Sci-Tech Daresbury' in 2016, has identified VR and AR as priorities for driving growth and unlocking a competitive advantage.

 “One of the challenges for SMEs is to balance a healthy order book against the time and investment needed to remain competitive,” said David Carroll, MD of Conveyor Networks.

“The decision to locate at Sci-Tech Daresbury has given us access to academic research and the latest scientific and technological infrastructure.

“As a result, we are developing innovative digital engineering solutions specific to our business.”

The company will use the £10k boost, shared with sister company imio Software Solutions, to accelerate its research and development programme with support from the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre.

Andrew Borland, commercialisation manager at the Virtual Engineering Centre, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with a company whose vision and drive for innovation has led them not just to develop, but to integrate AR and VR, along with other Industry 4.0 technologies in a way that presents clients with a tangible solution and compelling value proposition."