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The History of Q-tron

In the Beginning.....

Q-tron was formed in 1980 by Andrew Cusack as a part time product design consultancy providing add-on items for Apple II computers. We worked on the design of some of the early multi user business PCs based on the CPM operating system.


Q-tron Maintenance Services Ltd formed in 1986 to service and support the Data General mini computer industry with blue chip clients such as Nat West Bank, Sheffield University, Bristol Council and ICL Services.


Data General Logo

Andrew Sanderson at Q-tron Denaby


Q-tron’s Data General Workshop at Denaby in Rotherham 1988



Q-tron became SAGE Dealers in 1988 and SAGE Developers in 1989 with our first SAGE linked EPoS system in 1990.


Q-tron SAGE Dealer          Q-tron SAGE Developer         Q-tron Amstrad Dealer


We formed a strategic partnership with Sanyo Retail and Nippon Denso Barcoding in 1993. Re-designed Sanyo’s first EPoS terminal to run Windows 3 in late 1993 and displayed at CEBIT Germany in 1994 running our first SAGE 4GL based EPoS software. We were awarded a contract to produce the main CPU board for Sanyo EPoS terminals using 386 technology with all-in-one PCB and  granted European Distribution Rights for this Terminal.


In 1995 SAGE approved Q-tron SagePos software and negotiated rights to become the first SAGE EPoS system with hardware platforms from Sanyo, IBM and TEC. Q-tron recruited EPoS resellers from the SAGE dealer base and distributed Sanyo EPoS terminals with the SagePos software.

Sage Expo stand 98


SAGE Expo 1998


Q-tron developed one of the first touch screen Windows based EPoS systems for Epson IR terminals and displayed at Retails Solution Show Birmingham NEC. We were also asked to appear on the IBM and Denso stands with our software solutions for SAGE.


We formed relationship with Equifax to develop and support software for their Transax cheque guarantee service with links to SAGE accounting software.


Equifax Transax


Transax software developed by Q-tron


In January 1996 the Company moved to new premises in one of Yorkshire’s few Grade 1 listed Georgian historic buildings.


We became one of the top 10 SAGE Line 100 resellers with customers in the UK and abroad. Sold solutions to customers in Africa, Asia and Europe with a presence in our Gibraltar agents office Computec.


We developed an outline for use of 2D QR barcodes in food industry for holding product information and cooking instruction with Belling and BSI in 2000. Presented the concept to the chief Technologist at Marks & Spencer and the Government Minister for Food & Fisheries.


Over the years we have had various industry publications report on our systems helping businesses to improve their use of SAGE by utilising our add-on modules: –


Computer Shopper Page 1 Computer Shopper Page 2





Where are we today?

We currently have over twenty proven products, the majority of which are aimed at enhancing SAGE 50 to a point where it isn’t always necessary to move up to the larger SAGE products to gain facilities like batch/serial number recording, multi-locations and purchasing products from multiple suppliers. Our foundation products continue to be our range of barcoding solutions which offer our customers speed and accuracy.


In addition to our standard package products we have the expertise to offer bespoke solutions too. For example, we have developed several import programs which extract Sales and Purchase Orders from spreadsheets and post them into SAGE saving many hours of manual entry.


Our customer base extends to most corners of the UK and beyond with some as far afield as Tanzania! We listen to their ideas and are continually honing our products based on feedback.