We have provided leading global software solutions to the banking and wholesale finance sectors for over three decades.
Apak was founded in 1979 by Tony Papadopoullos, with a single computer at his kitchen table. Previously Tony had worked for GEAC Computers, and from here combined his experience in software and IT with his entrepreneurial spirit to start his own company. Tony’s right-hand man was Alan Keep, and together they (and their names) formed APAK (Adonis Papadopoullos and Alan Keep).
After forming long-standing relationships with those he worked with at GEAC, Tony accumulated an impressive staff base as they joined him on his Apak venture. From here the business continued to grow and develop for another 35 years- and counting.
In 1988 Apak won a bid to in-source Barclays Mercantile Highland Finance’s IT department. We took on the operational responsibilities and a lot of the staff of this department and although this contract has now lapsed some of the staff members are still with us today. This was a huge milestone for Apak as we acquired many incredible staff along with a substantial, 5-year contract.
As we continued to grow we acquired other companies, such as banking software provider BEAM in 1998 and address management company LM Software in 1999. We also branched out in product development, introducing our state-of-the-art core banking system, Aurius, in 2006.
In 2007, we became Sword Apak after being acquired by Sword Group, a top 100 software company and a leader in IT services, business software and communications technologies. This gave us access to a global infrastructure of offices and hosting facilities in 37 countries.
Apak has always stayed geographically close to where it was founded, with our head office remaining in Bristol (UK). However, due to our rising business growth, we have also spread across different geographies. We began our international expansion into Europe in the mid-nineties. From here we continued to grow, launching into North America in 2009. In 2014, Apak can boast a global presence, with almost 100 clients worldwide.
In October 2018, Sopra Steria acquired Apak through its subsidiary Sopra Banking Software. This acquisition gave Sopra Banking Software an unrivalled position in the asset finance software market and will allow Apak Group to take our global offering to the next level.
Apak Group is home to some of the greatest technical and business minds in the industry. Our staff are dedicated to evolving our state-of-the-art products, keeping up to date with the fast-paced industry. We have an abundance of industry experts working as part of our team, giving guidance to new staff and helping to develop our leading financial software. We have a passionate and experienced group of people forming our senior management team, and their dedication is clearly reflected in those they teach and manage.
Apak’s market-leading Wholesale Finance Floorplanning System (WFS) is deployed by major financial institutions globally, supporting 10’s of thousands of dealers in multiple countries. WFS delivers seamless finance and commercial loan administration across multiple geographies. The system is highly configurable, allowing our clients to shape it around their business.
Apak Group is an established provider of core banking solutions for the retail and commercial banking sectors. Developed on Microsoft .NET for fast implementation and deployment, our Aurius core banking solution is agile and cost-effective.
Our Address Management system is an industry leader in address validation and postal discount software. We design and build the optimum solution for clients to cleanse their customer database and achieve the best postal discounts on their mailing.
Apak’s key focus is “Continuous Improvement”, ensuring we always provide the best customer service and satisfaction possible.
“It is our ability to understand the unique business and IT requirements of our clients that has helped Apak become recognized as a leading global supplier of specialist professional business consultancy and technology services. By working in close partnership with Business and IT leaders in the finance industry, Apak Group is able to deliver powerful end to end systems which drive business growth for immediate and long-term competitive advantage”. Tony Allen, CEO – Apak Group