Our Story

Over 30 years of innovation

‘Turning change to advantage for our clients’

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BCP started from modest beginnings way back in 1979 and has grown continuously ever since. We are now widely recognised as a technology leader and a key player in the UK and Irish supply chain, retail and WMS solutions industry. The company is managed by a dedicated senior management team with an impressive 150+ years’ sector experience and employs over 80 staff, dedicated to delivering exceptional service to all our customers.

BCP has always been proud of its forward looking ethos and determination to take advantage of new technologies to ensure our solutions meet the demands of changing market and business conditions and give our customers real advantage. Reflected in the company maxim, ‘Visionary Thinking’, this approach has seen BCP move successfully from the mini-computing world of the ‘70’s through to the internet and mobile focussed omni-channel world of today, where clients can access our solutions across mobile, cloud or on premise.

Key events

1979
  • Company founded as a one man business in Stockport
1982
  • Moved into rented offices in Stockport and started employing an increasing number of talented staff

1984

  • Registered as a private company, delivering a range of standard and bespoke solutions
Early 1990’s
  • Launched our flagship Distribution Package on an Open Systems platform
  • Our EPoS solution became a national award winning system
Mid 1990’s
  • Product progression included Windows GUI C&C, dynamic Telesales and full Warehouse Management modules, strengthening the offering and opening up new market sectors, including foodservice
  • Expansion into the Republic of Ireland with the signing of Ireland’s largest grocery distributor
  • Retail system redeveloped on an Open Systems platform and extended to a complete Back Office and EPoS offering running in a full Windows environment
  • Loyalty system developed
Late 1990’s
  • Solution rebranded as Accord® – reflecting the closeness of the BCP/client working relationship
  • Expansion into the European market with retail systems in Germany and Cyprus
  • RF functionality introduced
  • Relocated to BCP House – a large, impressive, detached period building – to accommodate further growth of the company, which has proved substantial

Early 2000’s

  • Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 award, in recognition of the company’s record growth and success
  • Voice Directed technology introduced, leading to new stand-alone solution – Accord Voice WMS
  • First Accord Voice WMS implementation – regarded as the first ‘wall-to-wall’ Voice implementation in the UK food sector
  • Recognised as the key player in the Irish foodservice market
  • User Group established – to further promote close working partnerships with customers
  • In-house Training school started – to support growth of Accord
  • Product progression included web enablement of Accord and the launch of Web Ordering

Mid 2000’s

  • Retail Head Office solution launched
  • Chip & PIN introduced for Retail system – partner in the first C&P trial in Northampton
  • Cash Management System launched
  • Awarded the coveted Microsoft Gold Partner status

Late 2000’s

  • Expansion into the Middle East foodservice market
  • Continued growth within the multi-channel marketplace
  • Business Alerts and Workflows launched

Recent years

  • Broadening and strengthening of the Accord package, including CRM and SRM
  • Voice Labour Management and Voice Bonded Warehouse added to Accord Voice WMS
  • Ground-breaking Accord Momentum Retail suite launched, allowing customers to capitalise on the move to cloud/SaaS environments
  • Mobile technologies and Apps introduced to further strengthen our class-leading Accord solutions and enable our customers to compete successfully in today’s mobile and omni-channel marketplace
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