MultiFreight are celebrating a special and historical milestone this month, as the business has now been in existence for an incredible 50 years – yes that’s half a century!
MultiFreight Managing Director – Ian Taylor – commented “This is an incredible milestone for the business and one that we are extremely proud of. Whilst technology continues to progress, the primary role of computing and software is still the same, it is designed to improve our daily lives. As we continue to develop new technologies, and with AI just around the corner, it is difficult to imagine what the next 50 years will be like”.
The company was founded way back in 1973 – initially being called Security Computing Services Ltd, operating within the Norcros Group of companies as an independent computer service bureau and providing a wide range of computing services to clients.
In 1980 our first freight forwarding system called “FORWARD” was released, followed shortly afterwards by our airfreight system “SKYWARD”.
In 1994 a management buyout took place, renaming the company to SCS Ltd and we began solely focusing on developing software solutions to the freight forwarding and shipping industry.
Our multimodal freight software system “MULTIFREIGHT” was launched in 1995, followed in 1996 by our UK Customs solution MultiShed.
Some twenty years later and wishing to maintain independent, a second management buyout took place when we renamed and rebranded to MultiFreight Limited.
Another ten years on and we continue to maintain much of the original company ideology to ensure we are committed to continually developing software solutions and providing services that help our customers streamline and grow their business.
What else happened in 1973, the year we were formed:
- Ted Heath was the UK’s Conservative Prime Minister
- Richard Nixon was the Republican President of the USA
- The US withdrew from the Vietnam War
- VAT was introduced in the UK
- Princess Anne married Captain Mark Phillips
- Slade released the hit Christmas single ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’
- The UK’s favourite horse – Red Rum – won the Grand National
- Sunderland beat Leeds to win the FA Cup Final
- Roger Moore starred in his first Bond film – Live and Let Die
- Pizza Hut opened its first UK restaurant
Ian has put together a few images (below) from the early days of the business, adding “Researching the archives for this occasion has been amazing, finding old brochures and even testimonials from companies that are still with us today shows how important our customers are to us and the length of partnerships we have”.
You can click any of the images below to enlarge. For further milestones of our company’s journey follow this link: https://multifreight.com/timeline/.