Ex-IT developer nets £80 million fortune



A bid offer from America sent one of the UKs biggest software companies up by 50% in the first hour of trading. This is one of the shares in the NamesFacesPlaces 10 shares for the year.

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The UK company is London Bridge Software who sell software to banks.

The bid came from US company Fair Isaac.

The proprietor, Gordon Crawford, is an ex-IT developer who got a good idea for a software package.

The offer is for 95p a share. That makes the value of the company £166 million

This is a 54% premium over Friday‘s price.

The shares surged 31.5p to 93p.

This could send other UK software companies higher too.

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Crawford, who founded London Bridge in 1987 and brought it to the market in 1997, owns 46% of the business and has given his irrevocable support to the offer.

London Bridge provides sophisticated mortgage and debt collection software for large financial institutions and last year made profits of £4million on turnover of £58 million. It has recently announced a contract to supply debt manager software for the UK Department of Works and Pensions.

Crawford will remain with the group for a year on a consultancy basis following the offer.