How we started
From local start up to global success story
Like many of our customers, we began as a start-up business. Our founder David Goldman wanted to automate the print estimating and basic accounting process in his own business. He worked with a team of Newcastle University students to develop software to manage this more efficiently.
David realised that other companies could also benefit from this and formed Sage in 1981 to begin selling the software.
As desktop PCs became widespread, so the Sage range grew and our business went from strength to strength.
We floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and in 1999 we entered the FTSE 100 where we still remain.
We understand our customers’ needs and the challenges they face. Like them, Sage has innovation and entrepreneurial spirit at heart. Today we have millions of customers and circa 13,000 employees across 23 countries, including UK and Ireland, mainland Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia, Asia and Brazil.
||Sage founded in Newcastle-upon-Tyne
||Listed on the London Stock Exchange
||Entered the US market
||Entered the French market
||Entered the Portuguese and Swiss markets
||Became part of the FTSE 100
||Reached 2 million customers worldwide
||Entered 7 new markets
||Entered the Polish market
||Surpassed 5 million customers worldwide
||Surpassed 6 million customers worldwide
||Entered the Brazilian market
||Donald Brydon becomes Chairman
||Stephen Kelly, CEO, joins Sage