This Bolton company develops and installs software and IT systems for the healthcare industry. Ascribe’s systems track patient information and enable healthcare professionals to make more informed medical decisions. The company’s products include software for handling patient administration, mental health and pharmacies. Founded in 1989 by chief executive Stephen Critchlow, the company floated on the London Stock Exchange in 2004 but was taken private again earlier this year when the private-equity house ECI Partners backed a £33m buyout. Sales have risen 48% a year from £5.3m in 2005 to £17.4m in 2008.
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