- Investment group Mercia Technologies said Aston EyeTech, of which it owned 18.7%, had won a multi-million pound contract with a large optical retailer.

Aston EyeTech combined ophthalmic hardware with an AI software platform to provide technology solutions in the optical space.

'Aston EyeTech is another good example of our promising direct investment portfolio, many of which are now in revenue growth,' chief executive Mark Payton said.

'I expect more positive developments from this business and a number of our other direct investments in the near to medium term, as the portfolio continues to mature.'

At 9:15am: [LON:MERC] Mercia Technologies Plc share price was +1.3p at 36.8p

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