This Nottingham company develops software that analyses crime data. It can have an immediate impact: the police of Allentown, Pennsylvania, solved two crimes during a sales demonstration, according John Shaw, who founded ABM in 1997. The software has also helped police curb car theft and spot football hooligans during the Euro 2000 competition, and can help predict when and where offences might occur. Sales to customers, which include 90% of the British and Dutch police forces, have grown 95% a year from £518,000 in 1998 to £3.8m in 2001, when ABM employed 68 people.
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