About MCPC Systems

MCPC Systems started life in 1998. Its first ‘office’ was the attic of a family home in a small village in North Wales, where our founder Dave Cartner spent his evenings and weekends learning how to programme Microsoft Access databases.

Back then, MCPC wasn’t even on Dave’s horizon. Neither was writing software (he was always a gardener at heart). Really, all Dave wanted was a piece of kit to help him do his job better. He had worked in local government parks, grounds and facilities maintenance for nearly 30 years, and was fed up of trying to keep track of the stacks of paperwork for all his vital management information.

Dave shopped the software market for a product that would suit his needs, and then took to the attic when he couldn’t find one.

Eventually, he emerged with Down to Earth (now Orka): the first truly comprehensive, purpose-built software solution for managing green space contracts. He created Colony next –allowing him to finally go paperless with his allotment management records as well.

These days, MCPC is a fully-fledged independent software house with a team of experienced developers, trainers and support staff. Our software now incorporates mobile working, cloud-hosting, API availability and heaps of integration options. We have been recognised as an Investors in People organisation, and are backed up by numerous accreditations including Cyber Essentials Plus and SQMAS (quality management system).

We are still incredibly proud of our company’s formation. It remains the cornerstone of who we are and why we do what we do.

To date, we’ve worked with more than 100 organisations across the UK – including local government and their contracting organisations – to transform their services using our software and expertise.

We attribute our success to the sincerity of Dave’s ambitions and his direct experience and understanding of our clients’ environments. We’re also proud of being a real family business, capable of reaching nationwide while not compromising our local roots (though we’ve since moved out of the attic).

We often get asked where the name ‘MCPC’ came from – truthfully, Dave was never very imaginative when it came to names. In fact, his wife Margaret named both Down to Earth and Colony. So when it came to naming the company, Dave looked to his main inspiration and named it after Margaret herself (sorry, Marg).