Europe export drive is target of Leeds-based tech network


Tracey Dawson, Andrew Shenton, Eric Hawthorn, at Daletech in Leeds

Daletech Electronics has received free strategic export advice from Yorkshire firm Radio Design as part of a new export network in the Leeds City Region.

The advice and mentoring from Radio Design director Eric Hawthorn will help Daletech directors realise ambitions for growth into Europe and beyond under the Government-backed ExportExchange programme.

The aim of the scheme is to share first-hand expert knowledge with businesses in the Leeds City Region that want to know more about selling overseas.

Daletech managing director Tracey Dawson, writes:

“We are just at the start of our export journey and to have someone on hand who has made a huge success of exporting and is able to pass on that real-world expertise and knowledge, as well as being there to field all our questions, really is the kind of resource that money can’t buy.”

The mentor is Eric Hawthorn, managing director of Bradford-based wireless infrastructure firm Radio Design, who has been an ExportExchange patron since the programme launched in July this year.

Dawson, continues:

“With Eric’s help we now have a clear view of the road ahead and have mapped out a strategy that should position us to be able to start selling our electronic manufacturing services in Europe. Having his advice available as we progress towards that point is immensely reassuring and helpful.”

Daletech now has a two-year growth plan in place which will see the business consolidate its UK manufacturing base and take on new engineering and marketing staff that will boost its current workforce of eight.

Dawson and her fellow director Andrew Shenton hope to begin exporting in 2019.

Eric Hawthorn writes:

“There’s a huge range of help and advice out there on exports, but there’s nothing quite like being able to consult someone who has been on that journey themselves. I only wish this had been available when Radio Design first began venturing into selling overseas.”

Based at Salts Mill, Bradford, Radio Design is a £33m turnover manufacturer of mobile network technology for sharing transmission masts.

The ExportExchange programme is backed by the European Regional Development Fund and supported by the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the Department for International Trade (DIT), and a number of private sector export specialists.

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