In this the age of the internet entrepreneur it’s not uncommon to hear of businesses starting life in a garage, bedroom or shed at the bottom of the garden, but back in 1980 it wasn’t such a common occurrence.

Yet, from his home in Glasgow, Scotland, Dr Barry Wood, recognised the limitations of the financial programs on market and set about creating his own. To this day Turnkey remains a family-run business shaping the possibilities of business systems. As then, everything we do is about finding ways to help our customers work smarter.

A history of Turnkey Group

1980

1980

Turnkey Computer Technology Limited established by
Dr. Barry Wood in East Kilbride, Glasgow, specialising in financial and bespoke software systems development. Business users could also purchase desktop computers – Superbrains. Early customers included East Kilbride Development Corporation and Coopers & Lybrand.

1982

1982

Growth meant an office move to Charing Cross, Glasgow. Turnkey shared 10 Somerset Place with Grainger & Co., Chartered Accountants and Insolvency Practitioners (who quickly became Turnkey customers). The range, services, clients, staff and turnover grew over the next three years.

1985

1985

Turnkey’s unique Insolvency Practitioners System – better known as IPS – was launched 1985 in DOS format. With clients in this sector Barry knew a tailored software solution could greatly improve efficiency for IPs and their staff. IPS was written to make their lives easier. Early adopters included Coopers and Lybrand (Edinburgh), Arthur Andersen (Glasgow) and Douglas Laing & Jackson (Glasgow). Turnkey become authorised Compaq re-sellers.

1989

1989

First IPS Annual User Group Meeting is held.

1993

1993

The business moves to Thornton Lodge, East Kilbride in Glasgow. Microsoft Windows NT Released.

1994

1994

Turnkey appoints Core Technology Solutions PTY limited as their agent to market IPS in Australia and New Zealand.

1995

1995

IPS continues to evolve with the introduction of IPS for Windows, with drop down menus, point and click technology and the ability to export data to other industry standard Microsoft products such as Word and Excel.

1996

1996

Tony Wood officially joins the company to manage the development team. Turnkey becomes an authorised Navision Solution Centre (6th in the UK), customising Navision software modules to meet the precise needs of any business. CORE customers upgrade to IPS for Windows.

1997

1997

Installation of first Windows NT based network at Home Hardware Limited. Home Hardware were also the first Turnkey clients to adopt Navision and continue to be Turnkey customers today.

2001

2001

Turnkey sponsors Insol Conference in London. IPS boasts 2200 users and 420 client sites.

2002

2002

Tony Wood was appointed and Dr. Barry Wood becomes Chairman.

2003

2003

Microsoft acquire Navision UK, rebranded as Microsoft Dynamics NAV. CORE Technology now known as CORE Australia Pty Limited.

2005

2005

Turnkey and CORE sponsor Insol 2005 conference in Sydney. The company celebrates 25 years of success.

2006

2006

IPS for Microsoft SQL Server is launched offering greatly enhanced functionality and a superior platform for further system development. IPS for SQL had a very new look and feel with multiple user benefits. Seamless integration is then possible between IPS, Microsoft Office Suite and other third party products. Accredited as SILVER Microsoft Partner for Business Software and Infrastructure. Turnkey Group acquires CORE Australia PTY. Jim Downey FCA appointed Director.

2007

2007

Turnkey appointed GOLD Microsoft Partner.

2008

2008

Turnkey Infrastructure Solutions appointed ESET Partners.

2010

2010

Turnkey Group was formed.

Turnkey announces a new corporate structure for each of the three key divisions in the business.

  • Turnkey Computer Technology
  • Turnkey Business Software
  • Turnkey Infrastructure Solutions

IPS Creditor Portal is launched – enabling online interaction between all stakeholders in the insolvency process.

Turnkey’s 100th Microsoft Dynamics NAV site goes live.

2011

2011

Microsoft Small Business Specialist Accreditation.

2013

2013

Sponsored Sunshine Coach for Variety, the Children’s Charity, donated to Hazelwood School.

2014

2014

For the first time Turnkey Business Software exceeds 1000 Microsoft Dynamics NAV user licence sales. TISL become GFI/AX focus MAXMail partners.

2015

2015

Accredited GOLD Microsoft partner for Enterprise Resource Planning. (Supply & support of Microsoft Dynamics NAV).
Accredited SILVER Microsoft partner for Midmarket Solutions. (Supply and support of infrastructure solutions.)

Hosted version of IPS available on Turnkey’s Cloud platform.

390 businesses using IPS globally spread over 750 sites with 6,500 users across the world.

2016

2016

Second Sunshine Coach donated to Newlands Junior College. For tenth consecutive year, CORE Australia proudly sponsors ARITA Conference.

2017

2017

Sponsoring Insol 2017 in Sydney. Current totals for the IPS Creditor Portal – 44555 cases, 36653 documents accessed by 42822 creditors.

Corporate social responsibility

Many of our key people have been with the business for a long time. Being a tight-knit team we recognise the need to put something back into the communities in which we’ve worked. Each year we commit to different charitable goals, and take great pride in seeing the Turnkey funded Sunshine Coaches driving around Glasgow, enabling disadvantaged children to visit places and experience activities they would not otherwise enjoy.