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.

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!

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

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

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

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.”

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

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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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

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