Preston man reaching new heights with drone business

Posted on - 3rd November, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, People, Preston News

A Preston man has put off retirement after re-training as a drone pilot.


Paul Conlin, who worked in the corporate film production industry for over 30 years, has set up his business photographing and videoing commercial footage in UK airspace using drone technology.

After receiving support from Boost, Lancashire’s business growth hub, Paul has gained a Civil Aviation Authority qualification, moved to commercial office space in Preston city centre and engaged the services of a virtual personal assistant.

Paul previously worked for big name businesses including BP, ICI, Kellogg’s, B&Q, and Jaffa, but wanted to move away from traditional corporate film production and apply his skills to the emerging aerial surveying, inspections and mapping sector.  

Paul said: “The commercial world has changed since I was last in it. Drone filming services are now transforming the way in which the construction, agricultural and environmental industries are operating.

“As a more mature person, I was rather cautious, so it took a great leap of faith to expand into such a new and developing area. I knew I just needed some support and encouragement to move forward.”

Paul operating a drone

Paul credits the support he received from Boost for helping him go it alone.

He said: “The Boost programme has provided me with a renewed focus and confidence to enable me to reinvent myself and my business ideas for the 21st century.

“I attended workshops that have been instrumental in broadening my horizons, updating my marketing skills and expanding my social media knowledge. I have also made new business connections and friends along the way.

“I would highly recommend anyone in Lancashire who is thinking of setting up a business or already in business but seeks further support to take advantage of the brilliant services available through Boost.”

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