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15/11/2017 - Radio Design Granted China Import/Export License

China Import Export License Granted

A major step forward for Radio Design’s Hardware Repair Services (HWS) business in China was the recent grant of an import/export license. This allows the import of used equipment into China to be repaired and then exported back to the end user.

China has strict policies on the import of used equipment so this type of license can be hard to get. We could not have achieved this without outstanding support and cooperation from the Wuxi branch of the Customs Inspection and Quarantine Bureau (CIQ), who guided us through the rigorous audit and inspection process.

We look forward to the continued growth of our HWS business as our China operation develops into a hub supporting customers throughout the APAC region.

Pictured here are Radio Design MD, Eric Hawthorn, Mr Shan Xueshi, Wuxi CIQ, Mr Xu Jie, Wuxi CIQ and Razaq Mahmood, General Manager of Radio Design Wuxi.

18/09/2017 - Radio Design Regains Ilkley Team Triathlon Title

Team RD with support

Radio Design was magnificently represented at this weekend’s Ilkley Triathlon. Not only did official Team Radio Design (Eric Hawthorn, Nick Lisle and Martin Gostling) regain their overall team crown, but the company also had Mike Page, Duncan Austin and Paul Hickling flying the company colours.

Ducan and Paul Happy to finish

And, as can be seen in the accompanying photos, a large group of energetic and enthusiastic supporters played a key part in their success! Team RD’s overall time smashed the 1 hour barrier and, at 56 min 51 sec, came close to bettering its own record. However, this record could be under threat; word has it that a RD ladies team is preparing to enter the fray next year… Watch this space!

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05/09/2017 - Radio Design’s Eric Hawthorn on “Stellar List” of Newly Elected Fellows to the Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, said: “Since 130 engineers were first called together in 1976 to form the Fellowship of Engineering, our Fellows have come together to advance and promote excellence in engineering.  I’m so proud to welcome our new Fellows, who represent the very best of UK engineering...

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24/07/2017 - Introducing the RF Router™, Radio Design’s unique new concept that takes the complexity out of cell-site design

Site design complexity is increasing rapidly, driven by an increasing number of radio ports per sector. The RF Router™i s a revolutionary concept from Radio Design that takes the complexity out of site design by putting the splitting, combining and - if required - uplink amplification all into one box. Click here to view the white paper

18/07/2017 - Radio Design Announces Exciting New Range of Auto Bypass™ Combiners

At a time when cell site designs are incredibly complex and undergoing frequent upgrades, Radio Design’s patent pending Auto BypassTM Combiners are being mass deployed to ensure fast, accurate installation and to provide flexibility for the future. Click here to view the white paper

30/06/2017 - Radio Design’s Eric Hawthorn [the “Founding Founding Patron”] Helps Launch ExportExchange, a Peer-to-Peer Business Initiative for Yorkshire SMEs

Businesses in the Leeds City Region are to benefit from a unique regional initiative aimed at boosting international trade, it has been announced today in Leeds. ExportExchange is an online and offline network which aims to help businesses within the city region and beyond to increase exports, grow revenues and create employment.

The ExportExchange programme is backed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Department for International Trade (DIT), and a number of private sector media, marketing and export specialists. The initiative was launched by Roger Marsh OBE, chair of the LEP, and Marian Sudbury, director of the Northern Powerhouse for DIT, in Leeds on 30 June at AQL’s Salem Chapel building in the Holbeck area of the city.

The launch event saw a host of invited guests from businesses in the Leeds City Region that are already successfully exporting come together as ‘patrons’ to back a programme that will pool their expertise and know-how to help Yorkshire firms that want to develop their overseas trade.

Marsh said: “The need for businesses to seek more diversified global growth has never been greater. A recent HMRC report found that in the year to March 2017, Yorkshire and the Humber saw a 7.6 per cent increase in the value of exports, so we know the ability to achieve this exists. We challenged the business community to mobilise expertise within the region to help a new generation of would-be exporters and, with the collaboration of over 50 new patrons from some of the region’s most successful exporters, we’ve built a unique support network that is 100 per cent free to use.”

Under the ExportExchange programme, the patrons, all experienced exporters and business leaders from across the Leeds City Region - which includes Skipton and Harrogate in the north, Barnsley in the south, and York - will share their expertise on every aspect of exporting and growth with fledgling SME exporters...

Read full article at Export Exchange

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
Read more about this in the Yorkshire Post website

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,

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
Read more about this in the Telegraph and Argus website

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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