Gavin Ferris and Peter Florence were veterans of computer animation before they joined forces to start Radioscape in 1996. Florence gained technical experience making special effects for movies, while Ferris worked for Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks studios.

The pair have developed a Communication Virtual Machine. This is software that simplifies the design of devices – such as mobile phones and digital radios – that use new wireless technology.

The company has raised £18m from venture capitalists, as well as from companies such as NTL, Psion and Texas Instruments. Sales, mostly licence fees from chipmakers such as Texas Instruments, grew 167% a year from £573,000 in 1999 to £4.1m in 2001, when it made sizeable losses. Ferris and Florence plan to float their London company next year.

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Company details
Year2002
Rank16
CompanyRadioscape
ActivityWireless software developer
LocationCentral London
Average 3 year sales growth166.56%
Latest sales £000s4,070
Staff76
Founded1996
Websitewww.radioscape.com

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