Kent Periscopes


Kent Periscopes (a Gooch & Housego company) was established in 2005 in response to an opportunity that arose, as a result of a restructuring of the supply-side of our market. Since then, we have extended our product and service capabilities.  We have grown strongly and profitably from the outset, and with a growing order book we are now entering a phase of further investment and growth.  From May 2010 to May 2015, we achieved 400% growth in revenue.  We graduated from OpTIC in 2016 with 50+ employees but still remain on St Asaph Business Park.


OpTIC Technology Centre has helped us with:

  • Staff with optical experience
  • Suppliers
  • Technology advice
  • Design advice
  • Government support


Facilities & services

  • Right space – clean, compressed air, low vibration
  • Expertise on hand – optical design and interferometric test capability
  • Testing – metrology and thermal chamber
  • Flexibility to expand
  • Wrexham Glyndŵr University links



“There’s no doubt the OpTIC Technology Centre has been a fundamental part of the successful growth of our company.  In the past 3 years we’ve grown from under 20 to 50 people, and OpTIC has made it easy to accommodate this expansion.  Its ability to respond quickly to our changing needs is vital to a growing company such as ours.  OpTIC has provided us with the right facilities and services at the right time.  The expertise and equipment on hand has been invaluable – such as optical design, lasers, metrology and a thermal chamber for testing. Also the business support, mentoring and networking made all the difference to us.

If you’re a growing technology company, it’s hard to find a facility and support offer like it across the region.  I can’t recommend strongly enough to any business to consider locating yourself at the OpTIC Centre.

Let them take care of the factors that can slow a business down and focus your time on the important job of achieving your growth potential.”

John Oliver, Managing Director, until January 2017