Rob’s winning applications

MANAGING director Rob Mannion certainly caught the zeitgeist of ever-evolving IT systems when he set up RNF Solutions in July 2009.

Now his company’s latest development of a new app for use on iPhones and iPads has attracted international interest and IS proving an invaluable tool for clients.

The success of RNF Solutions has not only led to Mr Mannion being named as one of the winners of the Courier and Kenilworth Weekly News Business Accelerator competition - he’s also been selected to join the prestigious Goldman Sachs Small Businesses Programme launched in the Midlands in September 2011 and which also operates in Yorkshire, the North West and London.

“It’s hard to believe it’s still only March,” admitted the 37-year-old entrepreneur.

He added: “We’ve had an excellent start to 2012 and gaining recognition from these awards provides us with valuable exposure.

“We’re very keen to work with businesses to help them realise the potential of mobile devices and maximise their opportunities with this fast-emerging technology.”

Mr Mannion began RNF Solutions by offering a range of Internet-related services, including website development, training and consultancy.

His success meant that in no time at all he’d built up a range of impressive clients, including four significant contracts with local authorities, two with the European Commission and several with Small to Medium Enterprises.

He explained: “My company uses a number of predominately local developers to deliver its services and, in the last eight months, we’ve developed a number of mobile apps for local businesses.

“Most recently we’ve been delivering the apps to support Warwick-based Bridgestone Tyres.

“An example of this is the Firestone Tyre Pressure Calculator for Bridgestone’s agricultural division which is available free of charge on the iPhone and iPad.”

The app assists farmers in outlining the optimum tyre pressure for any given application, leading to fuel savings, increased tyre life and improved crop yields.

Since last June the app, which is available throughout Europe and the US, has already been downloaded 4,500 times.

RNF is in the process of developing another app that will be deployed on the iPads of a company’s employees.

In May, RNF will move to larger offices in Tachbrook Park, Leamington, and has just appointed a new chief technology officer who is moving from Switzerland to Leamington to join the team.

For more information about RNF Solutions visit the company website

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