With customers ranging from the American computer firm HP to the National Blood Service, this Cheshire company’s sales have grown 91% a year from £1.7m in 2002 to an annualised £6m in 2004. It designs software that makes “thin-client” networks run faster. These are networks where a central processor does all the computing and users have only a monitor and keyboard. Appsense is chaired by Charlie Sharland and makes systems that prevent users from running unlicensed software or a single person from hogging the computing power by running a giant program.
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