TAMWORTH based Reference Technology Ltd, which was started by ex-Rawlett pupil Simon Clayton, has just recruited its thirtieth employee.
The company is recognised across Europe and America as the technological leader in providing online and onsite event management services for conferences and exhibitions.
The new employee will join the company’s project department, liaising with clients on events ranging from major medical congresses to international exhibitions.
Reference Technology was originally set up to provide badging services for events but has extended its range of online products which now all centre on its core Event Reference program.
The most recent development to attract widespread approval is an app for exhibition visitors. It was first used by The Meetings Show at London’s Olympia exhibition centre. The app drew praise for ease of use and the fact that it continued to be fully functional even when the user couldn’t get a phone signal.
Commenting on the company’s development, Simon Clayton said: “There are several factors behind our success but I think there are two that are particularly important. First is the effort we put into making sure we have the right people in our team. That goes all the way through the company.
“Second is the fact that we devote huge resources to developing our software. It’s all done in-house so we have complete control over what it does and we can make sure we’re offering the best systems on the market.”
Although most of Reference Technology’s clients are UK based, many of them operate internationally so the company sends teams across the world providing onsite services. Simon Clayton spends more time in his Amington office than onsite these days but he still gets a thrill out of looking back.
“When I’m setting up our systems in an exhibition in Las Vegas or Frankfurt, it amuses me to think about when I started working with computers at Rawlett” he says. “Things have come a very long way since then, in many ways.”