This week Science Warehouse turns 17 and if Science Warehouse was a person living in the UK, this would mean that it could now do the following:
- Donate blood
- Start learning to drive
- Apply for a private pilot’s licence for a plane, helicopter, gyroplane, hot air balloon and airship
But seriously, we have come a long way in our 17 years since inception.
Since our beginnings in 2000, we have grown from offering an eMarketplace in the Higher Education sector, to a company which now offers spend management solutions across many different sectors.
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.
However, like a learner driver, there were a few bunny hops along the way and the company faced significant challenges. The dot com bubble burst whilst the company was forming making it incredibly hard for the fledgling company and it faced some fierce challenges from incumbent providers in the industry. But with support of its early customers, its financial backers and committed management team, Science Warehouse grew rapidly to a pre-eminent position in the industry.
In early 2011 Science Warehouse expanded its 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 its people; with vast amounts of knowledge, experience and passion, the business now has over 60 full-time staff.
We now offer spend management solutions across sectors including Higher Education, Healthcare, Government, Housing and Commercial and we are will continue to support organisations operating within these sectors.
Future technologies may mean we no longer need to donate blood or drive vehicles. Similarly, procurement and technology have changed massively over 17 years but the core principles of delivering a user-friendly solution driven by accurate data remain central to our offering. We continue to invest further in our solutions and our people, as well as launching new solutions, with many more to come.
Keep a look out at our What’s New section, to see all the exciting new things we will be sharing over the coming months.