Breeze software scores Government START grant

Victorian developer Breeze Software has received a $670,000 research and development grant under the Federal Government START initiative to extend its retail software sales beyond Australian shores.

Breeze was established in 1980, developing point-of-sale management applications for blue-chip clients including Coles Myer and Woolworths, as well as retail petroleum outlets such as BP and Shell. The START funding was granted to Breeze Software in order for it to integrate Internet technologies into products, to enable the company to offer the software through an ASP-type arrangement.

Breeze's developers came up with a new thin-client strategy for the petroleum industry using Internet technologies such as browsers and virtual private networks but, according to CEO Gary Landers, may not have been able to materialise the idea without additional funding.

"We have never really had any outside assistance before," he said. "We have funded our growth through internal cash-flow and profits. We have a genuine limit as to how much money we can keep ploughing back into the business, and there were going to be some tough calls if we tried to fund this development ourselves. Now we can get to the market quicker and do research and development the right way."

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