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About Start Software

Start Software is an award-winning developer and leading publisher of asbestos software, systems for the legal services industry and more.

Want to know more about asbestos software Alpha Tracker? Alpha Tracker is the most used asbestos software in the UK, Australia & New Zealand with more than 60m items of asbestos data stored.

Our legal services software Alpha Legal helps will writers, accountants, solicitors, IFAs and estate agents to communicate securely with clients. Read about developments here on the blog.

Or need help with Alpha Anywhere or Alpha Transform projects or software development? You'll find useful info here.

Yellow Bike Project Update

We've had an excellent project meeting today at Lasyard House, with representatives from Yellow Bike Company and ML Electronics attending to discuss the final "challenges" with the project.
Yellow Bike Company (YBC) will be launching bright yellow electric and pedal bicycles for hire across the UK this year and the enterprise will be powered by software from Start Software.
The software incorporates a SQL database, Microsoft Access programming, a Windows Mobile pocket PC interface and an interactive booking website - so pretty much covers all of the technologies we use!
To help to publicise the yellow bikes, I'll be riding from London to Paris in the Spring on a yellow bike and had my first ride on one today (but only around the car park). The photo shows Paul from YBC and the bike (not yet in its bright yellow livery) ready for me to test.

Armstrong York switch to Tracker

Armstrong York are an experienced and capable environmental services company with a HQ in Barking, East London.
With a new focus on efficiency and quality, Armstrong York have decided to implement Tracker throughout their business to reduce administration costs and to improve the service they offer to their clients.
Installation, customisation and training are in progress and we expect to be fully live within the next few weeks.

New Premium Support Package launched

We've launched our new Premium Support Package today with features over and above those offered to standard support & maintenance customers.

Premium Support customers are offered:

- quarterly account management visits
- free minor software changes and upgrades
- priority over other customers.

If you would like to upgrade your support package, please contact us at the office.

The Premium Support package is available to Tracker clients, Toy Tracker customers and any other users of our software systems including our bespoke packages.

The latest support & maintenance contract is available to view and download from our website here.

Support and advice from Owen Patterson MP

Owen Patterson, MP for North Shropshire, takes an active interest in the dairy farming industry.
At a meeting today between Owen, Peter Allen (the brains behind our Total Diet Management v3 product) and me, we discussed options for marketing TDM and how best to reach the dairy farmer to demonstrate the increase in profits that TDM can deliver.
The advice from Owen was clear and very helpful and we will be using it to good effect in the next weeks and months.
(the photo shows Owen in animated conversation with Peter at Peter's home today).

Tracker Web Server update

Tracker Web Server v1.0.222 has completed testing and is available to clients.
The improvements in this release include:
  • an improved "action" screen
  • much better method for adding lots of actions at the same time
  • a better way of navigating library folders.
If you would like this update, please contact the office.

Resource Tracker update

A new version of Resource Tracker is available with performance improvements and the long-standing "red appointment" bug resolved.
Please contact the office if you would like the update applied to your system. Please request v1.0.355.

Snow: Reduced Service

Some staff have not been able to make it in today due to the difficult road conditions. All services are available but you may experience longer waits when requesting support.

Which Oil Supplier going live

Do you want to find the best price for home heating oil from a truly independent site?

Our latest project - - is going live as I write! is a new site we have developed for the dynamic team of Chris Bale and Mark Armstrong - do read their biographies on the website at is a good example of the technologies we know and trust - SQL database back-end, interactive web site, virtual servers...

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