Our History

Science Warehouse was co-founded by David Hames and Jonathan Betts who both worked at the University of Leeds in 2000.

After noticing inefficiencies when ordering research reagents, David came up with the simple idea of using the web to automate and optimise the process – hence the name ‘Science Warehouse’.

Together, David and Jonathan drafted a business plan and managed to secure multi-million pound funding from the Forward Innovation Fund for their spend management eCatalogue – and the rest was history.

This wasn’t to say that the company didn’t face times of hardship. The dot com bubble burst whilst the company was forming making it incredibly hard for the fledgling company, but with support and perseverance, Science Warehouse became one of the fastest growing companies in the UK e-business software industry.

Recent years...

In early 2011 Science Warehouse expanded it’s business operations and moved into a newly refurbished office in central Leeds. The historic half roundhouse was built in 1847 and is now the oldest surviving railway maintenance workshop in the country.

As Science Warehouse has grown from strength to strength over the years, so have it’s people; with vast amounts of knowledge, experience and passion, the business now has over 60 full-time staff.


After 16 years of growth, entry into new markets and the development of extended spend management solutions, Science Warehouse re-branded in 2016. The re-brand saw the implementation of a new logo, website, office refurbishment and company vision – To be the B2B spend management platform of choice, driven by people, experience and technology.

Science Warehouse has grown from a two-man brain wave, to a leading spend management solutions company that’s still expanding it’s portfolio of solutions and delivering solutions to both public and private sector organisations.

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