About Us

Clove Technology was founded in 1992 by Chris Love to target the emerging mobile computing market.

This rapidly evolving market moved from PDAs and other digital organisers to early Windows-based smartphones, and finally the modern smartphone systems available today.

Throughout the years, Clove has been able to quickly adapt to the changing scenery of this industry, striking up partnerships with new manufacturers and distributors, and ensuring the latest products are available to a global audience at reasonable prices. We have also branched into other areas of both business and consumer technology such as Oregon Scientific weather stations, navigation aids, drones, Connected Home equipment and vehicle recorders (dash cams).

Operating as a Partnership between Chris Love and his wife Jill until 2017, Chris Love then sold the business to Hugh Symons eXchange Ltd. Daily operations remain the same and Clove Technology is now a trading name of Hugh Symons eXchange.

With 25 years of trading behind us, we can boast a global customer base of over 100,000, including many large corporate and government organisations. We pride ourselves on being able to offer product advice, helping our customers choose equipment best suited to their needs. As well as sharing our knowledge on the often-confusing range of products available, we offer competitive prices, reliable delivery and a friendly service.

Clove Technology, based in Poole, UK, but servicing the whole of the world, has grown rapidly since its launch and has much customer loyalty. We firmly believe that our whole success is based on the service and help which we offer and hope to remain a flexible, young, dynamic company – now with the financial strength which over 25 years' successful trading has brought.

One of the benefits of buying mail order should be the convenience and speed of delivery; we always endeavour to send out all of our orders on a same-day basis, provided that we have stock. The Clove Technology team is dedicated to bringing you a quality and speedy service.



Our Team

Alex Dickie

Alex founded Hugh Symons Exchange in 2017 and 6 months later had the fantastic opportunity to acquire Clove Technology. Before 2017 Alex spent almost 2 decades within the UK mobile industry working for both large corporates and smaller start up’s.

A father of one Alex enjoys playing and watching football, whenever his better half allows! A keen snowboarder and any form of water sports are always popular.  Likes relaxing but also enjoys a lively night out – he prefers clubbing over a simple pub.



Richard Bennett

Keeps the computer systems running here at Clove, whilst dealing with the more technical queries that we receive from customers.

A keen PC gamer, Richard often spends his weekends beating the competition in online games or re-building his supercomputer. He's also into kickboxing and salsa dancing, Richard is a man of many talents.



Lorraine Thackwray

Responsible for keeping us all on track and making sure stock comes in and goes out, Lorraine is vital to the everyday operation. She works like a trojan and is very precise and thorough, just as well someone is!

When not keeping us all in check she spends time at home with her husband, voluntarily looking after (and sometimes riding) horses.



Josh Bethell

Josh joined Clove part time a few years ago whilst studying Computing at Bournemouth University. Since finishing his studies he has remained at Clove in a full-time position. He has been involved with both consumer electronics and software since the mid-2000s.

Easy going but never afraid to share an opinion, Josh can often be found listening to some heavy rock or at a local gig. He also spends spare time researching and playing with the latest gadgets and video games.



Recognised Partner Status

Recognised by many of the leading mobile device manufacturers as a reseller of choice, Clove Technology has the following partner status:

  • Samsung Approved Partner
  • HTC Authorised Ultimate Partner
  • Motorola PartnerSelect Authorised Reseller Partner
  • BlackBerry Partner Program

Platinum Partner

  • Huawei / Honor
  • Nokia
  • Sony

Recognised Reseller

  • Alcatel
  • Archos
  • Asus
  • CAT
  • Doro
  • Kodak
  • LG
  • Panasonic
  • Wileyfox
  • Zebra

We constantly look to enhance our systems and services in order to offer our customers the best possible products and service.