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Interview Supply Chain
Quarter century
milestone for BCP
BCP is celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2009. Manufacturing & Logistics IT
spoke with two of the company’s founders, Brian Preece, director of retail
systems, and Tony Beales, director of distribution systems, about the early days
and some of the company’s more recent forward-looking developments.
his year sees the quarter-century 1979. “Software start-ups could often be found Preece. “We decided that this was a
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celebrations of one of the UK’s in bedrooms across the UK in the late ’70s,” technology worth writing software for, as
most successful privately-owned he remembers. However, very early on he was professional standards were sadly lacking in
supply chain management joined by two business partners, including the nascent micro-computer software industry
solutions providers, Business Tony Beales, whom he had worked with at the time. We also remained involved within
Computer Projects (BCP). Now a major player previously at a minicomputer company. “This minicomputer development, as we had
in the UK and Ireland, the company’s modest was, of course, all before the advent of the retained a number of customers from the
roots can be traced back to a front bedroom PC. The cutting-edge technology of the time company we had previously worked for.” BCP
in Brian Preece’s house in Stockport back in was known as micro-computing,” explained had moved into modest rented offices in >>
BCP House, where a near 100-strong workforce covers everything from technical support and implementation to sales,
marketing and administration. However, the majority of staff are involved in product development and customisation of existing
products for particular users’ requirements. Many have come through the company’s own dedicated training school, which
was established to ensure BCP’s developers are of the highest calibre.
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