About ACQSYS

ACQSYS (pronounced axis) is a unique asset management company and is the largest transit asset recovery business in the United Kingdom.

ACQSYS  was formed by Bill Howie and Graham Williams in response to a wish to improve asset retention for clients and to reduce the environmental impact of continually having to produce new equipment to replace lost and stolen assets. They have a wealth of experience in all supply chain and logistics services.

Our Mission

We optimise the management of transit assets to improve return on investment for retailers, manufacturers and distribution networks.  Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and we achieve this by extending the life and capital performance of the assets our clients use to distribute their goods.

Our Values

  • Expertise - our experience and knowledge has been built over many years in the Logistics field.
  • Integrity - we act in the best interests of our staff, partners and customers.
  • Trust and Reliability - Complete delivery satisfaction.
  • Empowerment - we encourage our staff to make decisions and take responsibility.
  • Customer focus - we have to excel in the eyes of our customers.
  • Sustainability - is at the heart of everything we do.
  • Value for money - a guaranteed return on investment from the services we provide.

Bill Howie

Bill has over thirty years experience in Logistics and Supply Chain management. After several years operational experience Bill moved into consultancy with Coopers and Lybrand and from there joined Grand Met, ending his time there as VP Worldwide Purchasing and Supply for Burger King.

Next, as Group Logistics Director of The Burton Group, he was responsible for the de- merger of the Logistics function and creation of Spectrum. Bill later moved on to become a founding director of Reality Group, the direct to home delivery business within GUS plc, best known for the White Arrow brand and the largest business of its kind in the UK.

Before starting his own business in 2004 Bill was Managing Director Fashion and Lifestyle for Tibbett & Britten Group plc, responsible for all contracts in that sector in the UK and the development of Fashion Logistics worldwide. Bill is currently CEO and joint owner, with Graham Williams, of Variation Holdings Limited  and they have recently set up Acqsys Supply Chain Solutions Limited, an asset recovery, management and financing company which identifies and repossesses lost and stolen transit equipment for manufacturers, distributors and retailers. He is also a Trustee of Transaid, the charity of the UK transport industry.

Graham Williams

Graham has worked in the Logistics and Supply Chain sector for over 30 years.

His first seven years were spent at the John Lewis Partnership as a Management Trainee, providing a superb grounding in the retail business and in-house logistics.

Seven further years at the Transport Development Group in General Management operational roles gave him the opportunity to work with many blue chip retailers in third party logistics, providing physical operations, value added services and cost savings.

Graham  spent  ten years with Tibbett & Britten in Senior Management roles, firstly in the Grocery Network, then as Operations Director for the M & S Contracts.  His last corporate role was as Fashion Sector Director for Dedicated Contracts and Shared-User services.  In 2004 Graham and Bill set up Variation Holdings which specialises in cost reduction and business turnaround programmes for companies with complex supply chains. In 2011 they set up Acqsys Supply Chain Solutions Limited, a company specialising in the recovery of stolen and abused transit equipment.
 

Craig Hodges, National Operations Manager

Craig began his career working in the justice system as a court administrator and subsequently joined the West Midlands Police Force as a PC.  Following an injury sustained in the line of duty Craig moved into the forensics division working as a Scene of Crime officer.  His next move was into the newly formed Bakers Basco as a recovery officer, rising to regional coordinator.  When ACQSYS was formed in 2012 Craig was recruited as a national investigator, tracing and recovering lost and stolen equipment for Acqsys’ clients.  In 2015 Craig was promoted to National Operations Manager, responsible for all investigation and recovery teams across the country and he continues in that role, helping to grow ACQSYS with new clients and into new services.

Some of our clients

“As part of a wide network of supply chain professionals I always go to ACQSYS when I'm looking for smart asset management programmes.”

William Randall, Chief Executive LAWS Ltd

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