About Proximity

Software solutions, development, support and maintenance

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Delivering innovation in the logistics, manufacturing ERP, retail & finance sectors


Established in 2007, our team of over 40 experts based in Leeds and Nottingham provides software solutions, development, support and maintenance to companies across the UK and Europe, including:

  • IBM i development, customisation, mobilisation and modernisation specialists
  • Leading provider and consultants for enterprise resource planning solutions in the process, discrete and mixed-mode manufacturing sectors
  • Certified reseller and implementation services provider for MES system software for the aerospace & defence, assembly, automotive, medical device, packaging, plastics sectors across the UK, Ireland and Europe
  • Providing industry leading tools for understanding and managing the effectiveness and performance of Avaya call and contact centres
  • Performance management of enterprise business assets and resources
  • Comprehensive security solutions to protect IBM i IT infrastructure, applications and systems
  • Helping IBM i-based organisations comply with strict compliance and auditing requirements such as Sarbanes-Oxley, PCI-DSS and HIPAA.

We have partnerships with some of the world’s foremost software companies including:


IBM i (AS/400, iSeries, System i) development, modernisation and mobilisation solutions.


IQMS EnterpriseIQ manufacturing ERP and MES system software has been designed specifically for the aerospace & defence, assembly, automotive, medical device, packaging, plastics and process specific manufacturers to run lean, profitable and collaborative operations.


Zebra’s extensive portfolio of solutions give real-time visibility into everything from products and physical assets to people, providing very precise operational data not only about where things are, but what condition they are in.


UK and Ireland partner for Infor LX and BPCS, which are leading enterprise resource planning solutions developed on the IBM i in the process, discrete and mixed-mode manufacturing sectors. Also UK and Ireland partner for Infor's supply chain management solution, Infor Optiva PLM and Infor EAM, which is the market-leading enterprise asset management solution.


Inventory management and accounting software for omnichannel retailers. Integrates seamlessly with STREAM, our cloud-based delivery, logistics and transport management software.


Inventory management software that helps online retailers sync their stock between their website, retail stores and marketplaces like eBay and Amazon. Integrates with STREAM, our cloud-based delivery, logistics and transport management software.


Key team members


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Dave Pickburn

Dave is responsible for the ongoing business management of Proximity and strategic development of STREAM, Dave has been developing web and mobile applications for over five years. He has managed software businesses for the last 10 years.


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Andrew Forsyth

Andrew has over 30 years experience at director level in software development on a number of different platforms.




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Rob Jackson
Sales and Marketing Director

Covering IBM mid range hardware, software development, software licencing and ERP solutions, Rob has over 20 years experience in Sales and Marketing in the IT sector.



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David Maskrey

David is Managing Director of Proximity Enterprise Solutions, which encompasses manufacturing ERP software in the process, discrete and mixed-mode manufacturing sectors. He is one of the leading UK experts on the Infor BPCS & LX systems and IQMS.


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Jim Hyde

Jim is Operations Director of Proximity Enterprise Solutions. An experienced PRINCE 2 practitioner, Jim has been implementing ERP solutions in the food & drink, pharmaceuticals, chemical and electronics sectors for over 25 years, particularly Infor BPCS and LX systems.


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Pete Samways
Development Manager

A specialist in the development, modernisation and mobilisation of IBM i applications, particularly in the logistics sector, Pete is responsible for delivering projects on behalf of Gebrüder Weiss and Agility amongst others.

Pete is a regular contributor of technical articles to Powerwire, the leading independent publication for IBM i, AIX and Linux news in Europe and a regular presenter at i-UG events, the UK’s only independent IBM i and Power user group.


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Shahid Latif

Shahid has worked in a number of roles delivering global solutions to multi-nationals as well as domestic solutions for smaller enterprises.

He manages STREAM, our multi award-winning cloud-based delivery and transport management software application and is joint UK product manager for BCD's development, modernisation, mobilisation and delivery suite for IBM i and multi-platform solutions.




Some of our customers


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DB Schenker

DB Schenker is the world’s second largest transportation and logistics services provider and has 15 locations and over 730 employees in the UK.


Kid's Avenue: customer using delivery & transport management software

Scandinavian House

Scandinavian House supply high quality children’s bedroom and furniture products through mid and high-end retailers.


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Kuehne + Nagel

Kuehne + Nagel is a logistics powerhouse and has more than 1000 offices in over 100 countries, with over 63,000 employees.


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Gebruder Weiss

Gebrüder Weiss ranks among the leading transport and logistics companies in Europe with an annual turnover in excess of 1.2bn euros.



Draper Tools

Draper Tools is an iconic British brand of machinery and tools founded in 1919. Based in Chandler's Ford, Hampshire they probably now have the largest stock of tools in one place in the UK.


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Great Little Trading Company

Launched in 1997, Great Little Trading Company is a multi-award winning online retailer of children's toys, storage and furniture.


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Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group is the world's largest music corporation with a strong market position in recorded music, music publishing, and merchandising.


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Glenmorangie is an award winning Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky produced at Glenmorangie Distillery near Tain in Ross-shire, Scotland.



Our partners


Fresche Legacy IBM i (AS400) modernisation


Fresche Legacy

Fresche is the one place customers can turn for all their IBM i (AS400) application needs, including strategy and planning, analysis and productivity tools, application modernisation solutions, value-added services and skilled resources.


IQMS Manufacturing ERP: EnterpriseIQ & MES



IQMS uniquely combines manufacturing ERP and manufacturing execution system (MES) functionality to give manufacturers a comprehensive end-to-end suite for running the business, backed by the real-time performance and scalability that companies demand. Developed specifically for mid-market repetitive, discrete and batch process manufacturers.


Infor ERP, Infor SCM, Infor Food & Beverage solutions logo



Infor provide a range of products aimed at driving continual business improvement. Proximity is the only accredited partner in the UK for Infor LX and BPCS and an accredited partner for Infor EAM, Infor SCM and CloudSuite Food & Beverage.


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BCD Software

BCD Software has been at the forefront of IBM i (AS400) development, modernisation and mobilisation tools for almost 40 years. We are their exclusive Premier Business partner in the UK and Ireland.





Brightpearl exists to help retailers accelerate their growth and profits. Its cloud software enable multi-channel retailers to get orders, inventory, customer data, accounting and reporting in one place.


Zebra Technologies mobile solutions: STREAM delivery management software



Real-time information – gleaned from visionary solutions including hardware, software and services – give organisations the competitive edge they need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses and customers, and empower their mobile workers to succeed in today’s data-centric world.


Quadrant Software IBM i (AS400) development



Quadrant Software is leading provider of document output management, Fax over IP and modernisation solutions for the IBM i (AS400).


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NetLert specialises in performance analysis and reporting solutions for Avaya-based contact and call centres.


Veeqo inventory management software for retailers



Veeqo is an award winning high growth tech start-up company who have customers around the world and with ambitions to become the best software platform for online retailers to manage their business. It helps online retailers sync their stock between their website, retail stores and marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.


MapQuest for delivery route optimisation



Building on the core premise of providing accurate maps and directions to millions of people everyday, MapQuest is one of the world's leading tools for route optimisation mapping.


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Zend provide an end-to-end solution for rapid delivery of PHP-based applications. Products include Zend Server, Zend Studio, Z-Ray and Zend for IBM i.


Looksoftware for IBM i (AS400) modernisation



Since 1995, Looksoftware has provided its customers with rapid return on investment by using its innovative software solutions and ‘on-the-fly’architecture, which delivers market-leading ease of use and productivity.


IBM i AS400 high availability


Shield Advanced Solutions

High Availability and Disaster Recovery products, services and support for the IBM i (AS400), including the industry leading solution: HA4i.


Raz-Lee IBM i AS400 security logo



Raz-Lee Security is one of the leading international providers of security, auditing and compliance solutions for the IBM i (AS400).


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EZ-Software are based in Antwerp, Belgium. Amongst a range of IBM i-specific products, they have developed EZ-Banking Enterprise, a web-based application written for Infor LX, BPCS and System 21.


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Cobwebb Communications

Cobwebb has been delivering business-critical document delivery services for clients since 1986. Cobwebb provide dependable and efficient solutions that their clients can trust and rely on. The core of Cobwebb's business is software development, which they complement with consultancy, implementation and support.





British Plastics Federation member: plastics manufacturing ERP software


British Plastics Federation

Established in 1933 the British Plastics Federation is the most powerful voice in the UK plastic industry with over 500 members across the plastics industry supply chain. Proximity is a full member of the BPF, providing plastics manufacturers with IQMS EnterpriseIQ ERP and MES software, implementation and support services.


SIBA Supplier member: brewery ERP software


Society of Independent Brewers

SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain. Proximity is a supplier member of SIBA offering breweries a range of brewery management and ERP software solutions from Infor.


IBM i (AS400) user group member


i User Group (i-UG)

From the AS400 through to the iSeries, System i and Power Systems i-UG is the UK's only user group dedicated to the IBM i. Affiliated with COMMON (Europe), i-UG meets four times each year and holds the i-Power two-day conference. Proximity is a vendor member and regularly presents at group meetings and at i-Power.