Radio firm tunes in to Australia

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Radio technology consultancy Gaddon is celebrating clinching a contract to provide training for a multinational defence company in the Australian city of Melbourne.

Gaddon, based at Millhouse Green, near Barnsley, won the deal after signing up to UK Trade and Investment’s Gateway to Global Growth programme, which helps UK exporters move into new markets.

The company, founded by former RAF serviceman Ian White in 2003, is a specialist Radio Frequency (RF) engineering consultancy.

Mr White said: “It has taken a good deal of work and time to break into the Australian market and it would have been a great deal harder without the support and advice from UKTI.

“Although I had already established Gaddon as RF specialists in the US, I knew there were opportunities in Australia, and the support that UKTI offered really helped to open doors for me.”

Mr White says he wouldn’t have had the confidence or the knowledge to go to Australia and meet potential new clients without UKTI’s help. The organisation helped him to visit trade shows, identify potential customers and put him in touch with exporters who knew the market and could provide advice.

“I am now working closely with other businesses in Australia who are interested in using Gaddon on several projects and I am hopeful this will help me gain even more of a foothold in this market. This success has given the opportunity for Gaddon to expand and to compete for larger contracts both within and outside the UK,” Mr White added.

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