Created in memory of a dragon once recorded spotted in 1405 is this astonishing hill
carving, photographed by a SkyCam franchisee. According to the account, several
locals claimed they saw the terrifying creature.
The apparent huge beast had a crested head, serrated teeth, and long tail. It apparently
terrorized the local village, breathing fire at anything that moved and even killing a
shepherd and his flock according to the story. It was more likely a crocodile kept by King
Richard I (“Richard the Lionheart”) that apparently escaped and ended up in local
We hope you will find this short article of use as it contains some very useful information that should assist you and your business during these next few months.
- If you currently pay no or little business rates, you may be entitled to a grant of £10,000. You do not need to apply for this, you will be contacted directly by the local authority. It may be worth checking you are registered as the rates payer to ensure you don’t miss out here.
- Business Insurance – It is worth refereeing to the business interruption clause in your policies as it may entitle you to financial assistance.
- Business Interruption Scheme – For additional lending and Overdrafts there is looking to be an initial 6 months interest free period. You will need to contact your bank direct to discuss this possible option
- Tax payment difficulties – There is a dedicated helpline on 0800 0159559. They will assist you in arranging a payment plan with no penalties.
- The government are also informing large businesses that they need to ay smaller businesses immediately and not on lengthy payment terms.
Please also us this very useful link which we are sure will be of use to you https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html
Please stay safe during these times and look after yourselves and your families. SkyCam are operating our live web chat, HQ phone support and all other channels of communications as usual and we expect to keep this going through the lockdown period if you need any assistance.
As bad as all this horrendous weather has been, it has had some positive effects on demand for roof and chimney inspections, flood damage and the like. Last month SkyCam HQ have handed out over ‘40 jobs’ for this type of work alone to our franchisees Nationwide.
Chanel 4 contact us in recent weeks to request us working with them on a brand-new documentary with celebrity Sheridan Smith. The work involved aerial shots and video footage to compliment the show. This was for a few days’ work.
Our Romford based franchisee was recently handed a lead from Head Office, which has resulted in a substantial job for 7 constructions sites.
SkyCam Head Office recently passed on a project to a franchisee for Dunelm which has resulted in the aerial shots for multiple sites being secured by our Lake District and Newcastle based franchisee.
The SkyCam were recently asked to film some amazing footage for Big Green Surf School in Newquay. Big Green are a surfing and beach safety provider and approached us this month to help provide a new promotio0nal video. Video footage coming soon. Watch this space!
The community orchard is a fantastic project being funded by local businessmen and volunteers to extend the actual orchard which has workshops and gets people from the local community some with learning difficulties helping to build and grow fruit trees and vegetables etc.
The land was given to the community by the Duke of Cornwall AKA Prince Charles who is overlooking the project and has now given the go ahead for a huge hobbit style amphitheatre to be built which is now under construction, to be finished next summer.
The SkyCam will take video and photograph footage of the area under construction as it progresses.
Video footage coming soon!
Reaching those hard to see areas, all images are high res and can be zoomed in to examine the roof’s condition – Quicker, saving time, saving money, and SAFER.
Another stunning view of a local Wedding that The SkyCam were asked to take aerial shots for. More images of this Wedding to follow as the scenery was simply stunning.
We see a huge variety of weird and wonderful enquiries for our pilots Nationwide. In the last few months in particular, we have been inundated with building sites, farms and other commercial sites looking for aerial photography.
The SkyCam were asked to take aerial images of a local Marina for marketing purposes. Images were taken by our Ipswich based franchisee.
With work varying from all types of industries, we are also now seeing a substantial amount of diverse work ranging from film and TV work along with footage of classic cars events and shows.
The SkyCam aerial photographer Mihai Petrescu was asked to take some aerial footage ( video and photos ) for Beckenham Mansion. You can see further footage of Mihai’s work in our video gallery.
SkyCam Aerial photograph of a property in Middleton One Row, North Yorkshire, showing off the property in all its glory, along with its stunning surrounding land and beautiful scenic views.
Drones are becoming more and more necessary to showcase such properties in all their glory, giving angles and heights unreachable from ground level.
Aerial photograph of some recent renovations to the driveway and surrounding landscape showing showcasing a developers workmanship for their portfolio.
A recent SkyCam franchisee was asked to photograph the commercial site of JT Atkinsonn in Cumbria. This is typical of some of the commercial work we are seeing more of throughout 2018-2019.
This is typical of the kind of work we are involved in throughout the UK. From windfarms on land and out at sea, to School roof inspections and crop surveys, the list goes on. We have the capability to carry out a vast range of work with our drones.
This stunning image is just a taste of some of the amazing images and video we produce for our clients Nationwide.
The SkyCam uses advanced technology with our drones to enable us to give you immediate measurements and precise plans for aerial roof surveys. The below shows an example of a very quick aerial inspection carried out by Clacton based franchisee, detailing exact measurements required by the property owner. Results were delivered to the client immediately after the drone was sent up.
Aerial Site Intelligence in Real Time
As aerial photographer, we can also create accurate, high-resolution maps, reports, and 3D models, including real-time 2D Live Maps to allow for analysis of sites.
See below example as provided to ‘Haven Hotels’ Group by The SkyCam
The SkyCam are now working with Belvoir properties, carrying out drone footage to assist with property sales.
Drones are now commonly used by Estate agents Nationwide, drawing on the need for licenced drone pilots in the UK.
See the latest blog here by Belvoir properties
This image was for the ‘Chippenham Rugby Club’ who are looking to update their website.
On request of a construction company in ‘Yate’ who designed and built a Dementia Care Home, they wanted aerial photography and video footage to go with some indoor video shots to showcase the finished care home.
We were recently asked to take some aerial photos for a local privately owned fishing lake as they were looking to potentially expand the lake size and add additional landscaping to the site.
The photos taken enables the owners to have a clear view of surrounding boundaries and other obstacles.
SkyCam were recently asked to take some aerial photography and low level photography for a local pet magazine.
Our SkyCam franchisee took these pictures on an early morning, capturing some stunning back drops during the shoot. The images will shortly be showing in a very well-known national advertising campaign.
Another great job for SkyCam and a very happy customer!
SkyCam was recently asked by a media agency to provide aerial footage for them. This was for a film project detailing the regeneration project of Burgess Hill. This was a promotional video for Mid Sussex District Council which involves flying at 14 different locations around the town centre and green spaces.
SkyCam were believed to be the first operators in the UK to film a funeral by drone. This was the funeral of the former Lord Mayor of Oxford, who’s funeral took place at Broughton Castle in Oxfordshire. This job came as a direct result of a photo posted on Facebook months back of Broughton Castle by The SkyCam.
This project involved filming the funeral cortège from their home, to the castle. To maintain legal distances of the operator and the drone, our drone operator was sat on the trailer as a tractor pulled him through fields along the 2 mile route.
Primax Plastics sponsor Clio Cup Racing driver Max Coates and one of our franchisees was contacted to provide some aerial photography for promotional use in updating their web site and brochures. The client was very happy with the results.
For more of Gavin’s work, please go to his website: www.theskycam.co.uk/stocktonontees/
Our client was contacted by a couple who were looking to sell their Bed & Breakfast and required some aerial images to showcase their property and surrounding grounds. Client was overjoyed with the resulting images.
For more of Gavin’s work, please go to his website: www.theskycam.co.uk/stocktonontees/
Our Bath franchisee ‘Martin’ has recently been showcased in Octobers edition of a leading local magazine ‘The Bath Magazine’.
Martin has taken some stunning images of Bath which attracted the attention of the magazine earlier this year.
For more images from Martin, please view his page direct on https://www.theskycam.co.uk/bath
Our Edinburgh based SkyCam operator was recently asked to take some aerial images of underground pipes.
Drones make this kind of work effortless for land owners, giving instant access to high res images that you simply cannot get with things like Google Maps.
We are seeing more and more of these kinds of requests for our drones Nationwide.
See more of Ian’s work at www.theskycam.co.uk/dronehireedinburgh
One of our Essex based Pilots was asked to photograph some local images of farmland for a land owner.
Drones are ideal for aerial shots like this and make for a far less expensive alternative to methods of the past such as aeroplanes to take such images.
We were recently asked to put the Mavic and Phantom 4 in a head to head trial over in Maldon in Essex.
We found the results very interesting. The Mavic being much smaller was much easier to carry to location ( we had to walk around half a mile ). The Mavic was just thrown over the shoulder via a shoulder strap and carry case no bigger than a typical camera case. The Phantom 4 however comes in a much bigger and heavier polystyrene carry case. The phantom 4 in its box does however look a little more substantial and commercial looking in our opinion.
Performance wise, there was very little in it. Both were very quick to respond and very smooth to fly. Both reached similar heights at full speed pretty much simultaneously, the Mavic being slightly quicker ( not that speed should really be a deciding factor in our opinion ).
Both take outstanding footage.