Founded in 1973 RM plc is the UK's leading supplier of IT software, services and systems to the UK education market. Initially founded as a high technology startup exploiting the availability of low cost microprocessors, RM rapidly became a pioneer in the application of technology to education. The Group's first educational microcomputer was launched in 1977, and schools, colleges and universities have formed the core of our business ever since.
From the very beginning RM has concentrated on making industry standard technologies accessible and appropriate in an educational environment. Our first computers used the then standard Z80 microprocessor and CP/M operating system. We launched our first MS DOS / Windows PC in 1985, making RM one of the first companies in the world to adopt the MS Windows standard. And since 1987 every new system introduced by RM has been compatible with industry standards.
In the 1990s it became clear that the educational community was looking for more from their suppliers than simple technological expertise. RM rose to the challenge. Looking beyond the technology, the Group formed long-term partnerships with both educationalists and other learning technology companies. These partnerships allow us to deliver genuine learning productivity. It is a strategy that has worked as our market leadership shows. RM's passion is education and its aim is to explore and exploit the potential of IT to improve educational standards.
Today, RM employs more than 1,400 staff, most of whom are based at our headquarters at Milton Park in Oxfordshire. Our sales and support staff covers the whole of the UK, operating from offices in Stockport, Glasgow and Abingdon. Company turnover in 2000 exceeded £207 million, with profits of £15.5m. The RM Group also includes the specialist web design company 3T Productions Limited.
RM's systems products include RM Connect (the most widely used network in secondary schools) and RM Window Box (the most popular IT solution for primary schools). The company is also active in the software and content market with RM Primary Maths Learning System and Living Library (a premium Internet content product).
As well as being a Naace sponsor, RM is also accredited by the Naace Quality Assurance Scheme for the provision of a Helpline and Support Service.