National Allotment Week! Top Tips For Colony Users

See how you rate with  our trainer’s top tips for allotment management with Colony…

  • Administration – Keep your data consistent! Ensuring that you and your team agree to a tight format for data entry and pick-list options will keep your reports, mail merge letters and emails professional and sleek.
  • Invoicing – Updating rent values and invoice payments will ensure correct calculations for pro rata invoices and concessions, not forgetting the importance of reporting and KPI’s linked to these figures.
  • Search! Never assume that a record doesn’t already exist, remember that each person (regardless of how many tenancies or waiting list applications they have) should only ever have one unique tenant ID in Colony. Use the search tools before you add any new records to be sure that you’re not creating duplicates and always use the ‘Copy Application’ tab when assigning a waiting list applicant to multiple sites. Take a look at your Duplicate Tenants section on Admin to see how many you’ve got!
  • Make Colony fit youAs internal processes and policies change, remember that your Colony has been set up to work the way you do, and can be moulded to accommodate any changes you have coming, so no workarounds! (more…)

Introducing Aardvark – software to maximise your asset income

Aardvark is MCPC's newest product, letting you transform existing assets into cash generating opportunities

Aardvark: Maximise income from assets

The award winning team at MCPC are extremely proud to announce the release of Aardvark, our latest software. Aardvark has been developed to assist managers of multiple fixed asset types to manage and generate income in exciting new ways.


Aardvark will manage leasable/tenanted/income generating assets, including but not limited to the following:


  • Public sector memorial and sponsorship schemes, such as benches, trees, roundabouts and flowerbeds
  • Rolling space or ground rentals – from storage units to parking permits, serviced offices to caravan plots
  • Natural conservation and animal adoption schemes, ranging from bat boxes, to whole zoos or botanical garden sponsorship’s
  • Street trading stalls, concession stands, markets and kiosks
  • Housing and student accommodation allocations
  • Marinas and moorings facilities, licences and insurances
  • Advertising and marketing spaces, such as billboards and poster panels

Aardvark can manage leases, sponsorships, memorials, tenancies, adoptions and more!

Aardvark has customisable fields and functionality, with the power to adapt to manage an unrestricted variety of leases, sponsorship and tenancy types. It will allow you to streamline and make informed  decisions about all areas of your operations.

Aardvark’s inbuilt management reports allow you to keep on top of number crunching and KPIs with ease. With individual logins and permission groups for each of your users, your vital data will be held securely in one central and truly comprehensive location.

With all MCPC’s products you can take advantage of our experience and expertise, to ensure your operational goals are met. Our ongoing support is second to none and the partnerships we create are successfully enduring.

Tell Me More!

Learn more about Aardvark and how it can help you, follow this link to download a brochure or request a callback

The brochure contains information including: the benefits of use, functionality, how to get started, using your current data, hardware, software and IT framework requirements, training provision and the fantastic support you can expect to receive, to ensure the best of returns from it’s use.

MCPC Systems Raising Monies & Awareness for Cancer Research: Race for Life Challenge

Many MCPC Systems users, suppliers, supporters, staff and friends will remember our cherished founder, Dave Cartner, who very sadly passed away, due to cancer in 2015.

MCPC Race for Life runners 2016

Last year’s MCPC finishers putting best foot forward

In memory of his passing, two of our Directors, Charlotte Girow (Director of Business Development) and Margaret Cartner (Finance Director) will take part in the Race for Life challenge in Wrexham on the 4th June, 2017.

Respectively Dave’s daughter (Charlotte) and wife (Margaret), will lead a very motivated team of family and friends to raise as much as they can for Cancer Research UK.

 “I am actually going to try RUNNING the WHOLE thing for Cancer Research UK because collapsing in a heap will surely get more sponsors” – Charlotte Girow

Read more about their challenge,  story and training at their Just Giving page at

Any contributions to help this fantastic organisation would be greatly appreciated by all involved. We’ll keep you posted on our progress and hopefully with some images


Support Team Access Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Please note that due to essential annual testing and maintenance tasks on the afternoon of Wednesady 29nd March, 2017 access to the support team will  be reduced. This will be between 12 noon and 5:00pm. Those users requiring immediate assistance please call the support team on 01244 846450 as normal.

Thank you for understanding and patience during these necessary tasks.

Vacancy: Systems Developer

We are looking for a Systems Developer to join our established independent IT company on the North Wales/Chester border, developing management software for public and private sector clients nationwide.

Salary: £30,000 – £35,000 + pension
Location: Deeside, Flintshire (North Wales/Chester border)
Start: March 2017 or ASAP
Closing date for applications: Friday, 3rd February 2017


Starting 2017 with a bang: MCPC awarded SQMAS quality management standard

We a very proud to announce that MCPC Systems has been independently assessed as a quality supplier, as recognised by the SQMAS (Supplier Quality Management Audit Scheme) framework.

SQMAS is an independent quality management system standard, specifically designed for SME’s and the voluntary sector. The framework was launched in 2014 as a scalable and practical alternative to ISO 9001.


2016 Best Allotment Site in the North West

MCPC Systems UK Ltd were extremely honoured to present the Dave Cartner Memorial Shield to plot holders at the Stan Pennington allotment site in St Helens, Lancashire. Their efforts and commitment have seen them chosen as the 2016 Best Allotment site in the North West.

A beautiful suuny Autumn day blessed the Stan Pennington Allotments recently for the presentation of the Dave Cartner Memorial Shield. The shield is awarded in memory of MCPC Systems, founder and driving force, Dave Cartner. It looks to celebrate and reward the efforts of an individual allotment site in the North West of England.