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.