SCC Member Icomera, provider of Wi-Fi for railways, tramways and bus routes, recently celebrated the opening of their new headquarters on 9 October, in the presence of local MP Kelly Tolhurst. This relocation is not only physical evidence of the company’s growth (from the initial team of five to today’s 50) but marks the transition on to the next stage of their “Connected Journey”.
Staying in the same area has helped Icomera retain 100% of their Medway-based staff, according to Managing Director Dave Palmer, who is pleased that the company has been accepted into the local community and formed strong ties there, both professionally and personally.
The company is currently growing rapidly in the UK, something that Palmer thinks is due to the company being right in the middle of global trends of connectivity and mobility, with the UK always an early-adopter in these areas.
“We have been connecting UK public transport vehicles to the Internet since 2004. We connect passengers to their work and social networks and on board equipment back to base, “he says.
Palmer tells The LINK that the latest figures from Ericsson show global mobile data consumption has increased by 55% over the past 12 months and Icomera, having doubled their data delivery in the same period, are experiencing this demand first-hand.
Palmer sees evidence of the company Swedish background in a number of everyday ways.
“Swedish technology has a well-earned reputation for innovation and quality, and culturally its people are widely considered to be friendly and honest. These values have helped form the basis for the unique way in which we do business – we call it ‘The Icomera Way’.”
The new Icomera HQ is located in an area of relatively high unemployment and the company has worked with apprenticeship schemes to offer opportunities to local college leavers and recent graduates – due to rapid growth Icomera has been able to offer opportunities for internal promotion and so their staff turnover number remains low.
Dave Palmer says the company see their actions in employing young talent as a responsibility, being a “fast-growing technology company in a historically economically challenged region”.
“Giving local young people the opportunity to join our team, learn valuable skills and become part of our exciting growth story is something Icomera is very focused on. We feel the success of this is reflected in our high levels of employee retention,“ says Palmer.
When asked about this social responsibility he refers to Icomera’s vision of the future – a society that is safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly.
“We are striving to realise this vision in everything we do”, says Palmer.