A Brecon-based fishing product company has been awarded a grant to buy a testing chamber for its products.

The grant helped Airflo Fishing Products to buy a used climate testing chamber for testing fishing products, like fly lines, instead of renting one.

They are one of 13 Powys companies that received between £1,000 and £25,000 after a total of nearly £1.1 million was secured by the county council, from the UK Government, via the Shared Prosperity Fund.

The money is still available under a second round of the scheme.

You can submit an expression of interest for a Powys Business Growth Grant here: https://formbuilder.evolutive.co.uk/formsite/form/1fb98514-ff18-445a-8c61-e8ea3bc8cf6a

This round will remain open until the pot of £950,000 has been fully allocated.

Gareth Jones, Director of Sales and Product atAirflo Fishing Products said: “We manufacture products that are used globally so we need to be able to test them in hot, moderate and cold conditions and whilst in fresh water or salt water in order to mimic the environment in which they will be used.”

Other local companies benefiting from this round of grants include:

• Antur Brew Co (Van Dijk Brewing), Crickhowell: helped to buy four 1,000 litre fermentation tanks and to install a new brewery floor.

• As You See It Media, Llangattock: helped to buy LiveU equipment to use when live-streaming events to overcome issues with poor internet connectivity.

• CME Developments, Ystradgynlais: helped to buy containers and canopies to create covered workspaces, electric plant and machinery to add to its hire fleet and computer software

• Fedw Equestrian Centre, Trecastle: helped to buy new equipment, a website and training to diversify into becoming a laser tag venue, Laser Tag Wales.

• Tuscan Foundry Products, Llanafan Fawr: helped to buy a new high lift access platform for carrying out guttering and pipe inspections.