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31/10/2015 - Eric Hawthorn Joins Other Industry Giants in Royal Academy Warning on Research Funding

Warning to George Osborne from some of UK's biggest companies over risks of cutting government funding for research and development.

Britain’s biggest engineering companies are calling on the Chancellor to support UK research and development in the coming spending review, warning changes to current funding could drive away foreign investment.

Bosses at Airbus, GKN, Jaguar Land Rover and Weir Group are among those backing an open letter co-ordinated by the Royal Academy of Engineering to support investment to develop new technologies and products in the UK, saying it is critical to the country's economic growth.

They want the Government to spell out a clear and enduring industrial strategy to support research, warning that without it Britain risks losing its place as a leading technology base.

Reports have suggested the Government is considering shaking up the way it funds research. Currently Innovate UK - the public body formerly known as the Technology Strategy Board - gets £600m a year of public money which it distributes to industry through grants but ministers are thought to be considering swapping these for loans.


Read more about this in the Telegraph

13/07/2015 - Radio Design Receives Royal Visitor – The Duke of York Presents the Company’s Second Queen’s Award

TEAMWORK and collaboration by employees at a Bradford technology firm have been praised by a royal visitor to the award-winning global exporter. . The Duke of York congratulated staff at Radio Design today during a tour of the factory in Salts Mill, Saltaire. He was visiting the £21 million turnover firm, which employs about 240 people locally and another 60 in India and China producing transmission technology for mobile network operators, as it received a Queen's Award for International Trade.

It won its second royal accolade in four years after doubling overseas trade over the last three years and now sells 65 per cent of its products abroad. In 2011 Radio Design won an innovation award for its innovative equipment enabling mobile network operators to share transmission masts. A relaxed Prince Andrew showed a keen interest in Radio Design's product development and processes as he chatted with executives, senior engineers, technical development specialists and shop floor production staff .

The Duke said:" A Queen's Award is not easy to come by and recognises the expertise, collaboration, leadership and teamwork of everyone in the business. "From what I have heard and seen, Radio Design's trajectory can only be upwards. Achieving a Queen's Award marks it out as one of the best companies in the UK."

Company founder and managing director Eric Hawthorn said its record in the Queen's Awards mirrored its progress, firstly as a technology innovator and then as a growing exporter.

Showing the Duke around the plant he revealed that its initial innovative kit was originally dunked in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal behind the mill for 24 hours to ensure it was watertight.

Telegraph and Argus
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03/07/2015 - Radio Design's Eric Hawthorn Helps Leeds City Region Launch £600 000 SME Growth Service

Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched an SME growth service, which aims to make accessing support easier. The scheme will offer a single point of contact for businesses looking for help in funding, export, apprenticeships, research and development and skills. A team of 10 growth managers, based around the region, will direct firms to existing schemes available from the LEP and other organisations, including UK Trade and Investment.

The service has received £600,000 funding from central government for one year through the Department for Business, Skills and Innovations’ growth hubs scheme. Leeds City Region chairman Roger Marsh said the LEP hopes to reach a fifth of all SMEs in the region through the new service. He told The Yorkshire Post: “Our ambition is that we will reach and touch at least 20,000 of these businesses across the city region, which out of 109,000 is roughly 20 per cent.

“People might say that’s very ambitious, I would say that’s a good challenge. I’d also say I think it’s realistic.”

Mr Marsh said that while there are 25 growth hubs in the UK, the LEP considers its growth service to be different.

“It will integrate all the various support opportunities in the city region, but more importantly it will scale up what we’ve done to date. “The statistics tell their own story: modest funding for 400 businesses across the city region will create 5,000 jobs,” he said. “But that’s not the end, that’s the beginning.”

Yorkshire Post
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21/04/2015 - Radio Design Wins Second Queen’s Award

Queen's award 2015

Radio Design Ltd is proud to announce it has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise. This unique second award is for International Trade, and complements the company’s first award, in 2011, for Innovation.

Based in Shipley, Radio Design continues to be a shining success story for Yorkshire. Launched 8 years ago, and capitalising on local expertise, the company specialises in supplying radio frequency (RF) solutions and hardware repair services (HWS division) to the international telecommunications industry.

This prestigious award recognises the growth, and commercial success, of Radio Design’s business overseas which, with local presence in India, China and Finland, now represents 65% of the company’s total sales.

Speaking after receiving news of this second Queen’s Award, Radio Design’s Managing Director, Eric Hawthorn remarked, “This is a great achievement by the whole Radio Design team and will underpin our future business success and stability. My thanks to everyone who has contributed to the development of our international business over the years since Radio Design’s launch.”

About Radio Design:
Headquartered in Shipley, West Yorkshire, and with international presence in China, Finland and India, Radio Design is an award-winning market leader in the provision of wireless infrastructure sharing solutions and RF filter design.
Media contact: Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director, tel: 07785 737277, eric.hawthorn@radiodesign.eu
www.radiodesign.eu

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise award outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of:

  • Innovation - for commercial success as a result of innovation
  • International trade - for growth and commercial success in international trade
  • Sustainable development - for commercially successful products, services and management that benefit the environment, society and the economy

Telegraph and Argus
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26/12/2014 - Owzat! Festive Cricket for the Radio Design India team

2014 has been a significant year for Radio Design India with ramp-ups in both Product and HWS businesses. Employees have been very busy for the last few months and decided to celebrate the New Year with some competition and team building; with this being India, what better way could there be to celebrate the occasion than by organising a cricket match?

Two teams were formed, Rangers [Product Business group] and Dynamites [Hardware Services Business group] with two captains, respectively Ravi Wadhwani and Asvin Rathi.  26th Dec 2014 was finalised as the match day and a suitable ground was booked. Customised T-shirts were ordered for both Rangers and Dynamites teams to give some colour and flavour to the occasion. Awards were available for the winning team, man-of-the-match, best batsman, best bowler and best fielder. On the day of the match the weather was quite British [chilly and foggy] but fortunately it turned into a normal sunny and pleasant day before the start of the game, itself

The match was of 25 overs and started at 10:30 am, with Rangers winning the toss and deciding to bat first.  Their strategy was to score steadily and set a target somewhere around 150 runs for Dynamites to chase. Rangers’ openers set a good foundation but, suddenly, wickets started falling at regular intervals. However, Rangers remained calm and focused on their objective, scoring 135 runs for the loss of 8 wickets. After the lunch break it was Dynamites’ turn and, as their openers made a very solid start in their chase for 136 runs, the match began to look one sided. However, around the 20th over the match turned interesting as their wickets started tumbling, and they eventually fell short of the target, with a total of 120 runs in 23 overs. Rangers had eventually won the match but Dynamites certainly put up a very tough fight. Ashwani Bhat was man-of-the-match, Harish Bhargava was the best bowler, Madan Singh was the best fielder and Gaurav Chauhan was declared best batsman

See the scorecard, more photos and prize-winners here


05/12/2014 - Radio Design India Wins Two National Awards in One Prestigious Ceremony

Radio Design is both delighted and proud to win 2 nationally prestigious awards at the ET Telecom Awards 2014, on 5th Dec at the Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi.

The ET (Economics Times) Telecom Awards recognise and honour excellence and innovation in the Indian telecoms industry. The glitzy award ceremony was attended by many top dignitaries from the Indian telecoms industry, including CXOs of leading operators, industry bodies and government and regulatory authorities.

The first award "Telecom Game Changer Of The Year" was a special award presented by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honorable Minister of the Department of Telecom, to recognise a company who has come up with an event, idea or procedure in the industry that changes an existing situation or activity in a significant way. Radio Design was the proud recipient of this special award among all the telecom companies across India for the year 2014 for its innovation in the field of passive network sharing.

The second award "Innovation in Developing an OEM Product" was to recognise innovation in original telecoms equipment which has resulted in expanding the customer base, increasing revenue/profitability or changing market dynamics. Radio Design was the proud recipient of this award among the final 3 nominees (Radio Design, Cisco & Celkon Mobiles) for its radio frequency (RF) filter combiners. With these products site-sharing evolves to the next level, where operators’ savings are not just limited to the cost of the tower; they can also eliminate the costs of antennas, RF feeder cables and other ancillary products as, in one compact box, all operators and their respective technologies can be combined and radiated through a single antenna and set of feeders.


21/9/14 - Radio Design Team Wins Ilkley Triathlon

Following previous near-misses, Radio Design’s team [“Three Men in a Tub”] finally finished on the top step of the podium in the Ilkley Triathlon. This unique event, held on Sunday 21st September and consisting of a 500m pool swim, a 14.5km cycle and a 4.8km run, can be entered by both individuals and teams. Indeed, previous individual winners include Yorkshire’s favourite sons Alistair Brownlee (2003 & 2004) and Jonny Brownlee (2005).

Radio Design’s team [Eric Hawthorn (swim), Darren Midgley (run) and Martin Gostling (cycle) – Left to right in photo] not only won the team competition, but also managed to post the event’s best overall time outright, 56:33:25; an outstanding achievement!


16/07/2014 - The world is your oyster, says boss of Shipley telecommunications business Radio Design

FIRMS worried about selling overseas have been urged to regard the world as 'a land of opportunity' by a Bradford company boss and regional export ambassador.

Eric Hawthorn, founder and managing director of Shipley-based telecommunications technology business Radio Design, which over the last quarter sold more than 70 per cent of its output overseas, said a strong support network was available to local firms to help them open up international markets.

In seven years Radio Designs has grown from zero to a 275-staffed international empire. It made the first filter technology to enable network sharing by major telecom companies and now supplies parts to the industry’s biggest global players.

In the year to March 2014, turnover surged from £14m to £22m and mobile phone users across the globe are now connected by the firm’s innovations and fixes.

Continue to read at the Telegraph & Argus


23/06/2014 - Radio Design’s Eric Hawthorn Making Waves

The canal which once snaked Bradford’s woolly garments to the high seas has long since expired as an export link. But on its banks, at Shipley, the global trading of Yorkshire wares is alive and well thanks to a thriving technology maker.

In seven years Radio Designs has grown from zero to a 275-staffed international empire. It made the first filter technology to enable network sharing by major telecom companies and now supplies parts to the industry’s biggest global players.

In the year to March 2014, turnover surged from £14m to £22m and mobile phone users across the globe are now connected by the firm’s innovations and fixes.

Read full article on BQ website


30/04/2014 - Radio Design’s Liz Philips Joins the Elite

Engineer Liz Phillips has become one of only 140 women worldwide to be accepted as a fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the UK’s main engineering organisation with a global presence.

The Bradford university graduate, who is one of 11 people who have worked at technology company Radio Design since it started in 2007, has been a chartered engineer for more than ten years.

A filter expert, Liz leads Radio Design’s filter engineering technology group and invented two of the expanding company’s growing portfolio of patented products, which now stands at more than 20.

She has played a key part in radio Design’s success, including inventing the filter product that enables mobile telephone companies to share a transmission mast and significantly reduce their costs.

Read full article on the Telegraph & Argus website


17/04/2014 - New Larger Premises Support Radio Design’s Prospects for Growth

As growth in Radio Design’s two businesses continues relentlessly, the company is proud to announce an expansion of its Saltaire manufacturing facilities. Having recently surpassed the milestone of 275 employees worldwide, Radio Design has taken an additional 20 000 square feet of production space and now occupies over 60 000 square feet in the historic Salts Mill world heritage site [above].

Hardware Services General Manager, Richard Coatesworth commented, "Our international business is poised for further strong growth in 2014 and these larger facilities were needed to support this next phase of our business development. This new larger integrated facility has allowed Radio Design’s HWS division to bring together, under one roof, its development, production and commercial teams."

Read more here


17/03/2014 - Eric Hawthorn Praises Bumper Year for Regional Export Growth

The LEP and its We are International campaign partner, UKTI, have welcomed encouraging regional export growth, as new figures reveal the full extent of impressive gains in 2013

The latest trade in goods statistics released today (6 March) by HM Revenue & Customs reveal that total exports for Yorkshire and the Humber were worth more than £17.5 billion for the last year as a whole, topping the previous record best of £16.7bn in 2011.

The final quarter total for October to December was almost £4.6b, the strongest quarter of the year - up from £4.3bn in Q3 and up from £4.1bn for the same period in 2012.

Yorkshire and the Humber was the only northern region to show positive year-end growth, with export values decreasing in the North East and North West for 2013 as a whole versus 2012.

Read more on the Leeds City Region website


14/02/2014 – Radio Design’s Eric Hawthorn Appointed LEP’s Newest Board Member

A SUCCESSFUL Yorkshire businessman, who is the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) lead spokesperson on international trade, has plans to unlock the potential of the region’s businesses and help take them to the next level. Eric Hawthorn, managing director and founder of Radio Design in Shipley, is the LEP's newest board member...

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08/11/2013 – Eric Hawthorn and Radio Design Push their Export Boundaries

As a schoolboy, Eric Hawthorn enjoyed pulling apart electrical things - then putting them back together again. One of his earliest recollections involves an old valve radio which was the pride and joy of his Auntie Anna. He carefully removed all the components, laid them out and cleaned the dust off each one - only to find that something had either been misplaced or moved and then put back in the wrong order. He blames it on the home help

Anyway, the radio never worked again. Since then, he has become somewhat more adept on the radio scene and is now one of the world's leading radio frequency engineers - which, in turn, has enabled him to build a global business: Radio Design, based in Shipley.

Read the full article on page 5 of Business Insight


25/10/2013 – Radio Design Wins India’s Aegis Graham Bell Award 2013 for “Innovation In Network Sharing”

The Aegis Graham Bell Awards, promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, and India’s most important awards in the fields of TIME (Telecom, Internet, Media and Edutainment) were held on 25th October 2013 at the NDMC Convention center in New Delhi. The awards honored the best innovations in the fields of TIME and were initiated by the Aegis School of Business, Telecom and Convergence India, with support from COAI [the Cellular Operators Association of India], mUniversity as powered partner and Ontario Canada as international partner. PwC was the knowledge partner who validated the awards.

This year organisers received more than 140 nominations from over 80 companies in two jury rounds. The nominations were evaluated by a jury consisting of eminent personalities with PwC, the knowledge partner, validating the final awards. Radio Design won the award in the category “Network Sharing,” where the two final nominees were Radio Design ("Site Sharing Filter Combiners") and NSN ("Flexi Compact Base Station").

Radio Design is both delighted and proud to win the “Innovation In Network Sharing” Aegis Graham Bell Award 2013, and would like to thank all of its customers, suppliers and partners for their continued support – This award is a worthy testament to our joint efforts.

A list of all winners in the various categories is available at Bell Award


18/10/2013 - Shipley Firm Has Designs On Growth

A pioneering technology company is set to extend its international reach by exploiting potential growth areas in the telecommunications market.

To help its expansion, Shipley-based Radio Design turned to the Rising Stars programme from Bradford Council and Bradford Chamber of Commerce.

Business advisor Haroon Qammar conducted an assessment of the business and helped it secure a £10,000 grant which was used towards buying new test equipment for its latest products.

Continue to read at the Telegraph & Argus


15/10/2013 - Radio Design in the News as Company Passes 200 Employee Milestone

Shipley-based manufacturers, Radio Design, have grown their workforce to 200 and aim to take on another 24 staff as they report substantial growth.

Radio Design manufactured the world’s first filter technology to enable network sharing by major telecom companies.

After identifying a growth area in supplying equipment to wireless communications infrastructure providers, the team recognised the business needed funding and external support to help its growth and was referred to Rising Stars, a growth programme which is jointly delivered by Bradford Council and the Bradford Chamber of Commerce.

Continue to read at BDaily


11/09/13 - T&A Profile of Radio Design and its MD


Eric Hawthorn in Radio Design’s expanded
manufacturing area with one of the many
components made for the 4G mobile networks

Eric Hawthorn annoyed his mum by using ferric chloride to etch circuit boards to feed his schoolboy fascination with electronics – especially when it splashed on to the furniture. But I bet she’s forgiven him.

Radio Design, the Shipley-based company he launched in 2007, has grown in double-quick time from the original 11-strong team to employing nearly 200 people – and Eric envisages it could have 1,000 or more in the next five years. He’s taken a hobby interest to a pioneering business developing and making components for mobile telecommunications operators.

“I developed a fascination with electronics and especially mobile communications at an early age. I studied magazines and tried to come with new ideas,” said Eric, who was born in Glasgow.

Continue to read at the Telegraph & Argus


20/03/13 - The BEEB Showcases Radio Design on Budget Day

Copyright BBC

Budget predictions and reactions from the Radio Design team in Salt's Mill

BBC Two broadcasts the Budget Special from Radio Design's Manufacturing Facility

BBC One Look North features Radio Design in a Yorkshire Budget piece


02/07/13 - Radio Design Team at the Tour de France


Paul Trigg, Eric Hawthorn and Anthony Chadwick

Le Tour - the world’s greatest cycling race - is coming to Yorkshire next year. On July 5th The Grand Départ starts in Leeds and covers 390km over 2 days. Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director, Paul Trigg, Global Operations Director and Anthony Chadwick, Sales Director attended a stage of this year’s Tour in Nice. As guests of Welcome to Yorkshire and UKTI the team were on a mission to soak up the atmosphere, experience the scale of the event and generate ideas on how to take full advantage when the Tour visits Yorkshire.

"This visit to the Tour de France 2013 in Nice is a fabulous opportunity for Yorkshire businesses to experience first hand the value that the Tour de France will bring to our region in 2014. In addition to the spectacular scenery and reputation as the UK’s 2nd biggest financial center I see this as a great opportunity to showcase our strengths across a broad range of business sectors. Radio Design, located in Shipley, is part of the “Airedale Digital Corridor” which has a combined turnover equal to that of Cambridge. Yorkshire, boasting 12 Higher Education Institutions and a strong manufacturing history, has a real strength in “Innovative Manufacturing” – turning news ideas into products that are shipped worldwide. The Tour de France Grand Départ Yorkshire 2014 is an opportunity not to be missed and I am delighted to be going Nice with Welcome to Yorkshire and UKTI to learn how we can maximise the benefit to businesses in our region."

The Grand Départ Yorkshire

Stage 1 – July 5th
Leeds - Harewood - Otley - Ilkley - Skipton - Kettlewell - Aysgarth - Hawes - Reeth - Leyburn - Ripon – Harrogate

Stage 2- July 6th
York - Knaresborough - Silsden - Keighley - Haworth - Hebden Bridge - Elland - Huddersfield - Holmfirth – Sheffield

More information:
http://letour.yorkshire.com

Global coverage!!
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/more-sports/cycling/2014-Tour-de-France-to-further-boost-British-cycling/articleshow/20822040.cms


12/06/13 - Radio Design’s India Director, Gaurav Chauhan, Welcomes an EMBA Delegation from Tulane University, USA

A sizeable delegation from Tulane University, New Orleans, USA was conducting a week-long international trip to meet with executives of global companies, operating in Asia and competing in developing economies, to better understand the challenges faced by these firms and how they are managing to stay ahead of their competitors. A team of 36 EMBA students visited Radio Design India on 12th June 2013, with an agenda to explore the issue: "HOW TO ESTABLISH, AND CONDUCT, BUSINESS IN INDIA"

Radio Design’s global business model was discussed and the American students were able to understand the scale of India’s operational and supply chain challenges. Other topics of discussion included the benefits of operating in India, how Radio Design has shaped its strategic planning in this phase of global slowdown and the nature of opportunities/challenges faced by Radio Design in this dynamic environment

Radio Design’s view of the global economy and how ongoing socioeconomic changes will shape the nature of Radio Design’s international business in the medium and long terms were other issues covered. The 3-hour meeting concluded positively with compliments on Radio Design’s business and strategies from various global business executives in the delegation


12/06/13 - Radio Design’s MD Supports YABA Launch

As business lead for international trade on Leeds City Region LEP’s Business Innovation and Growth panel, Eric Hawthorn was privileged to be invited to speak at the launch of the recently formed Yorkshire Asian Business Association. Sharing many common aims with the LEP – Supporting business growth and the development of international trade relations – YABA provides networking opportunities and support for Asian business and UK SMEs keen to develop relationships in Asian markets

YABA Launch Presentation

Press coverage:
http://www.thebusinessdesk.com/yorkshire/news/478716-yaba-aims-to-support-growing-asian-businesses-in-region.html

More about Leeds City Region LEP:
http://www.leedscityregion.gov.uk/about/lep

More about YABA:
http://www.yaba.uk.com


03/04/13 - Radio Design MD, Eric Hawthorn, Promotes Yorkshire’s Burgeoning Export Push

A NEWLY launched campaign aims to ensure an additional £2.6bn is generated via exports from the Leeds City Region in the next five years.

The We Are International campaign, an initiative by Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, UK Trade & Investment and Chamber International, seeks to boost the regional economy by improving exporting performance.

The Export Network, an integral part of the campaign, was launched this month. A group of experienced exporters from a range of sectors will act as ambassadors, champions and mentors in the campaign.

Eric Hawthorn, MD of Shipley-based exporter Radio Design, who is part of the Export Network, said: “The Leeds City Region is currently running a £1bn trade deficit for its products and services which this campaign aims to turn into a £1.6bn surplus by 2018.

Continue to read at Yorkshire Post


25/03/13 - Radio Design Helps Prevent Blank TVs

Shipley, West Yorkshire: 25th March, 2013

Radio Design Ltd is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract to supply high quality RF filters to at800 to help mitigate potential interference to terrestrial digital TV reception from soon-to-be-launched 4G mobile phone services operating at 800 MHz.

Based in Shipley, Radio Design continues to be a shining success story for Yorkshire. Launched 5 years ago, and capitalising on local expertise, the company specialises in supplying RF solutions to the international telecommunications industry.

New 4G services at 800 MHz might cause problems to terrestrial digital TV such as loss of sound, blocky images or loss of TV channels.  Ofcom estimates that up to 10% of UK households may require help to ensure their TV signal remains clear when 4G services launch in their area.  In the majority of cases, an RF filter will stop potential interference and enable viewers to carry on receiving and watching terrestrial digital TV as normal.   4G mobile services are expected to launch later this year following the recent ‘Digital Dividend’ auction. 

Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director of Radio Design said, “This is a great opportunity to show that high technology manufacturing can be successful in the UK. We are very pleased to be able to support at800.”

The program for provision and distribution of the interference filters has been implemented extremely quickly to ensure the filters are available before any interference issues arise.

About Radio Design:

Headquartered in Shipley, West Yorkshire, and with international presence in China, Finland and India, Radio Design is an award-winning market leader in the provision of wireless infrastructure sharing solutions and RF filter design.

Media contact: Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director, tel: 07785 737277, eric.hawthorn@radiodesign.eu
www.radiodesign.eu

About at800

at800 is the consumer brand of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL), the organisation responsible for ensuring people continue to receive free-to-air television broadcasts when 4G mobile services operating at 800MHz are launched. It is funded by the UK mobile operators with 800MHz spectrum allocations to provide 4G services - EE, Telefónica UK (O2), Three and Vodafone.

For more information, visit http://www.at800.tv


05/03/13 - Leeds City Region Export Network Goes Live

The LCR "We are International" campaign Export Network has gone live. The campaign is supported by Radio Design MD, Eric Hawthorn, who sits on the LCR Local Enterprise Partnership Business Innovation and Growth panel. 

Please see the press release below and visit the Export Network website to find out more.

http://www.exportnetwork.co.uk

Export champions share tricks of the trade ChamberInternational

Experienced exporters from across Leeds City Region have joined forces through a new network to help more companies take advantage of opportunities in international markets.

The We are International Export Network brings together successful exporters from a wide range of sectors. They will be sharing the secrets of their success through a series of business networking events - starting on 12 March at DLA Piper, Leeds.

Read more 


28/02/13 - Radio Design MD Endorses Prime Minister’s Commercial Expedition to India

T&A

The boss of a Shipley electronics company which is launching a manufacturing operation In India has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to the sub-continent this week to drum-up trade for British business.
Eric Hawthorn, managing director of Radio Design Limited, said the visit was a welcome move and would hopefully help more UK firms to do business there.

Radio Design, which pioneered technology enabling mobile phone networks to share transmission masts, already employs around 30 staff in India providing technology services from a base in New Delhi.
“We have held off expanding into manufacturing until it was clear that there would be sufficient demand. Now that a 2G licensing scandal has been sorted out and operators know what licenses they will have, the time is right for us to move into manufacturing for the Indian market.

“The Prime Minister’s visit is welcome and will hopefully benefit more British companies in a market which is enticing but very difficult to develop,” said Mr Hawthorn.

John Roper, sales director at Ashtree Vision & Safety Ltd, Bradford, is also looking to build up trade in India where he recently completed its first order for construction equipment mirrors.

Mr Roper also hoped that its status as a supplier to UK manufacturer Optare, which is owned by an Indian company, would help pave the way to more business.

“We’re a small company and can’t easily justify getting on a plane to India, but we know there is a potential market there so will look at avenues which help us to develop business there. Hopefully Mr Cameron’s visit will help us and others to do just that,” John said.

For Bradford-based Shaw Moisture Meters India is one of its top six worldwide markets and the firm has exported its precision measuring equipment there for more than 30 years to industrial companies.
Managing director Tim Peters said: “It’s a growth market and we are seeing increasing levels of business. We have a strong presence there and it’s improving. We have a massive plus in India because of our pedigree. Our history of being an established British manufacturing company stands us in good stead.”

Saltaire e-based digital TV technology company Pace plc clinched three major contracts in India last year, where 80 million homes will be switched to digital TV services by 2015.

During his visit David Cameron said he wants Britain’s partnership with India to be “a really special relationship” for the 21st century.
“Britain wants to be your partner of choice,” said Mr Cameron in Mumbai. “We think there are huge ties of history and language and culture and business, but we think we have only just started on the sort of partnership we could build.”


28/02/13 - Eric Hawthorn, MD of Radio Design, Helps Launch the Region’s International Export Network

Eric Hawthorn, Managing Director of Radio Design Design Ltd is amongst the speakers at the launch of the region's new export network.

Businessman Eric is spearheading the strategy behind the next phase of Radio Design's global expansion while lending support to the "We are International' campaign.


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