Radio Design Regains Ilkley Team Triathlon Title

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.

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!

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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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.

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 Auto BypassTM Combiners are being mass deployed to ensure fast, accurate installation and to provide flexibility for the future.

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…

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

Radio Design Proud to Receive Second Queen’s Award During Royal Visit

TEAMWORK and collaboration by employees at a Bradford technology firm have been praised by a royal visitor to the award-winning global exporter. Radio Design, specialists in designing and manufacturing RF filter technologies for mobile network operators are very proud to receive a Queen’s Award for International trade.

This is the second royal accolade Radio Design have received in four years after doubling overseas trade over the last three years, now selling 65% of its products abroad. In 2011 Radio Design won an innovation award for its innovative equipment enabling mobile network operators to share transmission masts

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.

Read more about this in the Telegraph and Argus website

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.”

Read more about this in the Yorkshire Post website

Radio Design Wins Second Queen’s Award

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

Read more about this in the Telegraph and Argus website

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.