Our heritage

BiP Solutions started life as Business Information
Publications and was established by Ron Burges in
1984 to help connect the public and private sectors.

 
 

What began with the printing of contracts information has grown. We’re now the leading provider of procurement support and intelligence, but we’re still a family company, with Ron’s son Simon Burges leading our Business Intelligence Division.

Although the product set has transformed into the most comprehensive range of modern online tools, consultancy and events in the market, the idea that started it all in a Glasgow portable cabin hasn’t changed: to drive efficiencies in public sector procurement and create mutually beneficial opportunities for businesses and governments to work together.

Ron Burges

 
 
 
 

“Ultimately we want to provide solutions that help buyers achieve efficiencies and suppliers win more business. To do this, we make sure we know what our customers want and we continually develop our products to give them even more. That was our philosophy 30 years ago when we were using photocopiers and pritt stick and it’s still our philosophy today.”

Simon Burges
Chief Executive Officer
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Values

Our values are Passion, Integrity and Respect. Together, they shape who we are as a business

passion

We have a passion for what we do, and are determined to always exceed customer expectations of our products and services through constant innovation.

integrity

We act with integrity, ensuring that our customers always receive a high level of attention and support, no matter how much they spend with us.

respect

We believe in respect for our customers, our stakeholders and each other – as well as for the environment and the community we are part of.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Our history

In 1984, BiP Solutions was founded by Ron Burges in a small Glasgow portable cabin, and we’ve come a long, long way since then. Follow our progress and discover the events that have helped shape BiP Solutions to date:

2015

BiP acquires ProMark Media, our biggest acquisition to date.
We launch the Procurement Event 4 Health (P4H).
The Procurex brand establishes events in Wales and Ireland.

We celebrate our 30 year anniversary.
BiP opens its first office outside the UK in Dublin.

2014
2014

We celebrate our 30 year anniversary.
BiP opens its first office outside the UK in Dublin.

2013

Procurex events are held regionally for the first time.

2013

Procurex events are held regionally for the first time.

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability event launches.

2012
2012

The Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability event launches.

2011

We launch major business intelligence services: the Supply National SME Engagement Programme and Delta eSourcing.

2011

We launch major business intelligence services: the Supply National SME Engagement Programme and Delta eSourcing.

Government Opportunities (GO) moves online.
Procurex launches it first UK-wide event in Birmingham.

2010
2010

Government Opportunities (GO) moves online.
Procurex launches it first UK-wide event in Birmingham.

2009

BiP reaches a milestone 25 years in business.
We move to our Medius HQ at Pacific Quay, Glasgow.
Acquisition of the Tenders Ireland service.
Partnerships established with Kosovo and Montenegro.

2009

BiP reaches a milestone 25 years in business.
We move to our Medius HQ at Pacific Quay, Glasgow.
Acquisition of the Tenders Ireland service.
Partnerships established with Kosovo and Montenegro.

BiP launches CompeteFor portal on behalf of London Olympics 2012.
The first Procurex event is held in Scotland.
BiP is accredited ISO 27001 status.
Our two millionth contract is published.
BiP is awarded consultancy agreement with the United States Agency for International Development.

2008
2008

BiP launches CompeteFor portal on behalf of London Olympics 2012.
The first Procurex event is held in Scotland.
BiP is accredited ISO 27001 status.
Our two millionth contract is published.
BiP is awarded consultancy agreement with the United States Agency for International Development.

2007

BiP is named SME Business of the Year by National Business Awards for Scotland.
Partnership established with Kenyan Ministry of Education.

2007

BiP is named SME Business of the Year by National Business Awards for Scotland.
Partnership established with Kenyan Ministry of Education.

We celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

2004
2004

We celebrate our 20th Anniversary.

2003

Contrax magazine published in Ireland for the first time.
The PASS training brand is established.

2003

Contrax magazine published in Ireland for the first time.
The PASS training brand is established.

Inaugural GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
Launch of MOD Defence Contracts Bulletin (MOD DCB) magazine for Ministry of Defence.

2002
2002

Inaugural GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.
Launch of MOD Defence Contracts Bulletin (MOD DCB) magazine for Ministry of Defence.

1990s

We launch our core online products:
Tracker Intelligence and Defence Contracts International (DCI).
Government Opportunities (GO) magazine is published for the first time.

1990s

We launch our core online products:
Tracker Intelligence and Defence Contracts International (DCI).
Government Opportunities (GO) magazine is published for the first time.

BiP holds its first external training seminar.

1986
1986

BiP holds its first external training seminar.

1984

BiP is established with the launch of Contrax Weekly magazine, the first national directory of UK public sector contracts.

1984

BiP is established with the launch of Contrax Weekly magazine, the first national directory of UK public sector contracts.

 
 
 
 
 

Our Board

 

Ron Burges

Founder and Executive Chairman of BiP Solutions

 

Simon Burges

Chief Executive Officer

Linda Andrews

Group Finance Director

Dr. David MacDonald

Operations & Efficiency Director

Scott Smith

Global Commercial Director

Grahame Steed

Sales & Marketing Director

Non-Executive Directors

BiP’s Non-Executive Directors advise on our business processes and strategies to help us meet our objectives.

 

Jim McPhillimy

Alan Stewart

 

Strategic Advisory Board

Our Strategic Advisors are leaders in their field and provide expert industry advice and guidance to help BiP achieve our strategic goals in the market.

 

Professor Duncan Eaton

Health

David Smith CB

Central Government

Les Mosco

Defence

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Our wider family: ProMark Media

In April 2015, BiP signed a deal with ProMark Media in our largest acquisition to date.

ProMark is one of the UK’s leading construction media companies with an established portfolio of digital magazines and online channels and 30 staff based in Chorley.

The acquisition brings together two businesses with more than 50 years’ combined experience of providing the construction sector supply chain with targeted market intelligence and opportunities to promote its capabilities and expertise.

“We are delighted to welcome ProMark Media into the BiP family, and believe that our customers – current and future – will benefit greatly from this venture.”

Ron Burges
Founder and Executive Chairman of BiP Solutions

 
 
 
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