Led by managing director Peter Clapton, this Wiltshire company designs and installs the communication systems that keep power networks running smoothly. RFL’s systems include fibre-optic, radio and digital technology to convey voice and data signals between substations and control centres. The company has supplied systems for national electricity grids in Jordan, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Kenya, Azerbaijan and St Lucia, and, more recently, for some of Britain’s offshore wind farms. It also provided the communication infrastructure for the entire metro system in Bucharest. The company’s international sales grew by 68% a year, from £645,000 in 2008 to £1.8m in 2010.
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