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Byline: Alan Plews

A fledgling Teesside company is expanding its workforce after signing a partnership agreement with one of the largest software companies in Europe.

Milan-based TXT E-Solutions has linked up with new supply chain specialists BGM Solutions, of Billingham.

The move has put BGM, launched in April, slightly ahead of plan with the immediate recruitment of three staff and another seven to be phased in by the end of next year.

Sean Bellew, one of the founding directors, said: "We knew TXT were looking to make inroads into the UK.

"The company is ranked 11th in the world and is still growing - hopefully we can grow with them.

"It provides a wide range of applications to assist organisations in managing their supply chain effectively and boasts an impressive list of customers in Europe, including luxury brands such as Versace, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, together with many of the leading manufacturers and retailers."

He adds: "We are offering the next generation of B2B solutions to strategically tackle problems across a company's whole supply in seconds, rather than days or weeks. TXT authors the software and has granted us the licence to sell it anywhere in the UK. The deal gives us product protection."

With an initial investment of pounds 75,000, BGM was launched in April this year by Sean, Keith Noble and Simon Cotterill as a solution provider to big business. They had all worked for the same company in Durham, but Keith says: "We made the move to self-employment because of the frustrations and constraints of working for others.

"Everything we do now is down to us.

"We took the decision because of our vast experience and are confident of what we can do with our collective 51 years' expertise."

Filippo Brega, partner development manager at TXT, says: "We see the partnership as a significant development for TXT, BGM have proven abilities in supply chain optimisation and are key to our expansion in the UK."

The partnership is developing with help from Business Link Tees Valley and Stockton-based business developers Walker Hall.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 12, 2004
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