Wednesday 19 May 2021

"Don't stop me now!" declares MD.

"The most agile, imaginative and fastest growing interconnect business in the world."

Roy Phillips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd the specialist manufacturer of RF, waterproof and cryogenic connectors and cable harness assemblies reflects on building a market-leading company over coming up for nearly two very challenging decades.

If you could travel back 18 years and tell yourself 3 things that would make the journey smoother, what would they be?
Find a different industry! No seriously, 1) Network with people better, 2) Choose a different route into the US market, 3) Don't employ the wife as your Finance Officer 😊

What is your fondest memory of the past 18 years involving Intelliconnect?
So many! Travelling the world, particularly Japan. Chasing our US Sales lady around a parking lot in Florida with a bungee cord pretending it was a snake! Wonderful Christmas and Summer parties with the team. Meeting and working with so many inspirational colleagues, customers, suppliers and partners.

How has the industry changed in the past 18 years?
It has, to a degree, become consolidated in that many, many small RF businesses in both UK and USA have been subsumed by larger entities, often detrimentally. In terms of manufacturing, the move offshore in the connector industry has continued apace and there are very few businesses manufacturing RF connectors in USA or UK. I am proud to say that Intelliconnect is an exception in both. Product and Markets have changed tremendously. Harsh environments are much more to the fore now with many more RF systems located outside with remote RF monitoring being a massive part of that. The move to smaller and smaller components and cables has continued and we now have some mind blowingly tiny coaxial cables which 18 years ago would have been unimaginable!

If you could choose 1 song to describe your past 18 years with Intelliconnect, what would it be?
That’s easy. "Don't Stop Me Now!" by Queen. It was a theme song at my Daughters' primary school and is so inspirational and kind of describes our philosophy as a business.

What do you feel is the main component (wink) of Intelliconnect’s success?
That’s also easy. brilliant, talented people, having a dream and daring to do!

What does the future look like for Intelliconnect?
The future, currently looks very, very bright. We have been very successful in recent years in penetrating new markets like cryogenics, remote RF monitoring, RF ablation, to name just a few, as well as creating many new partnerships in traditional Mil/Aero, medical and industrial markets. Our product portfolio has grown massively in recent times and we have a couple of major product launches which are imminent. We are growing steadily (25% in 2020) and expect an even bigger growth in 2021. We are on well on target to achieving our vision of being, ......'the most agile, imaginative and fastest growing interconnect business in the world'.

Intelliconnect was recently listed in the top 25% of respondents in the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) Management and Expectations Survey (MES) 2020. The largest ever survey of UK business management capabilities, executed on a population of 25,000 companies across industries, regions, firm sizes and ages, documenting the variable quality of management practices. The survey notes that, in the UK and internationally, firms with higher management practice scores on average tend to have higher productivity and profits.
With a policy of continuous improvement Intelliconnect have achieved accreditation to ISO 14001 and ISO 45001, adding to their existing ISO 9001:2015 quality standard and SC21 Silver performance standard for the Aerospace, Defence, Security and Space Industry Supply Chain Programme. Intelliconnect are also members of the Living Wage Foundation.

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