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.