WORDS History and the Resultant UNIQUE Pedigree in the
Words Bureau Systems was established in
February 1981 by Jim Graham to offer the very highest quality
data, word and accounts processing services, employing the finest equipment and
software and coupling these new technologies with a full design, print and
marketing service. Using metal wheeled, proportional spaced printing (sounds
strange now but it was revolutionary then), we developed our own direct
mail service for use by clients.
Crucially, we had started
designing a system for producing paper and paper card BADGES with LARGE,
easy to read characters for use at exhibitions and conferences. We developed
portable and networked database management badging systems and, in 1986,
introduced plastic card badges with encoded magstripes (first used at
the NEW Business Design Centre, Islington for their Showroom tenants and third
In addition, we developed a hugely flexible
Event Management Software package for conference & membership
organisations and were sold to a variety of clients including the RIBA, Royal
Medical Colleges and the Home Office (all running a mix of training courses
and conferences). In the bureau, the ability to encode the magstripe
with full name and address, telephone and other contact details, along with
session, room access and paid status, enabled us to both track and control
people movement at events, using just ONE badge for multi day
To improve the experience for visitors and exhibitors at
HUGE venues like Earls Court, we developed a unique Messaging System
activated by our unique badge for two way exhibitor, visitor and organiser
contact . . . any messages being displayed as the badge was swiped
(initially designed for use at World Travel Events).
addition, to make LARGE CLUB lounges extra special, we designed an in /
out Room Control System, so that VIPs/Organisers could see who was
in the room, along with being able to control a limit to meet fire
From the late 1980s to date we have managed the
Registration, Electronic Badging and Tracking Processes for most of the
main computer manufacturers and distributors (knowingly holding
competitors data!), including HP, Compaq, IBM, Microsoft & Sun.
In addition, we have worked directly with clients, or as part of a team, with
some of the worlds top production companies, at special car
events for many motor manufacturers including Ford, GM, Mercedes, Jaguar,
Porsche, Toyota, Hyundai.
We have also worked with specialist
financial organisations, specialist software and mainstream
publishing companies from Helsinki to New York, including motorsport
exhibitions and several outdoor farming events.
This experience designing unique systems for the
event industry ensures that we can help YOU succeed.
If you do have any queries or want to
get in touch please contact us at -
Words Bureau Systems Ltd
Tel: 01926 330209