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Maker of complete mini-computer systems for commercial applications, of Leeds

1972 Business founded by John Gow at his home in Worksop

1973 The venture became Systime in a derelict factory in Leeds

1975 Introduced series 1000 mini-computer for accounting[1]

1977 Announced the series 6000 which was based on DEC's PDP/11 computer[2]

1977 National Enterprise Board agreed funding and would own 26 percent of the company; the company agreed to join the Insac marketing venture[3]

1977 One of a minority of British computer companies that had growing sales and was making a profit[4]

1980 Developed the Systel teleprocessing package[5]

1983 Control Data Corporation acquired 38 percent of the company's equity, some from BTG; for Systime this was a preferable source of finance than being taken over by other British companies[6]

1983 Was the second largest British computer company; won contract to supply mini-computers to China and establish 2 factories there[7]

1984 Systime had staff of 1370. Because of the changing culture of the company, founder John Gow left the company in order to establish a new start-up WGK Electronics[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Apr 29, 1975
  2. The Times Apr 26, 1977
  3. The Times, Jun 18, 1977
  4. The Times, Dec 20, 1977
  5. The Times, Sep 11, 1980
  6. The Times, Mar 01, 1983
  7. The Times, Apr 05, 1983
  8. The Times , Feb 14, 1984