a1-cbiss Celebrate 30th Anniversary

by | Dec 9, 2019 | Latest News

Celebrating 30 Years

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 30th year anniversary. Upon reaching a company milestone, we reflect on thirty years of engineering excellence, combatting challenges with breakthrough innovative solutions. As a collective strength, we thrive with energy and passion. We’ve built our company to become one of the strongest system integrators of emissions monitoring and gas detection equipment.

On Thursday 21st November, a1-cbiss celebrated the 30th year anniversary. To celebrate the milestone, we decided to host a team-building day at the head office in Tranmere during the afternoon. The day was almost a non-starter following a power outage that occurred first thing in the morning plunging the building into darkness.

Once the power was back on, the fun and games began. The majority of the company was in attendance and were split into 5 teams competing against eachother.

The bright sparks competed in a quiz, Pictionary was electrifying, taskmaster engaged the creative sparks, and the sports day lit the blue touch paper.

Alongside the games, Managing Director Sam Thorneycroft hosted a presentation that illustrated how the company began, how we’ve grown throughout the years and the strategy for the forthcoming years.

The day was also a celebration for George Forster, our Software Manager. George has been with a1-cbiss since 1994 and to mark the occasion, a1-cbiss treated George for his long-term loyalty to a new watch.

a1-cbiss 30th anniversary

The Beginning

Back in 1989, owner and Managing Director, Peter McQue established CBISS Design from his own home. Ran as a one-man organisation, CBISS Design specialised in analyser sampling systems and sample conditioning. Following early success, Peter moved the business to a private workshop.



Custom Built Intelligent Sampling Systems (CBISS) Design established by Peter McQue

The MK 1 sampling system was launched


CBISS sign agreement with A+ Corporation to supply sample conditioning equipment


Following George Forster’s arrival, the software department was created


CBISS sign agreement with Gassonic to sell their acoustic leak detectors

CBISS achieve ISO9001 accreditation


CBISS sign agency agreement with Environnement SA to supply CEMS into the UK

Stuart Barrowcliff becomes CBISS’ first apprentice


Following the 10 year anniversary, the company moves to its new home at Ark Royal Way, Lairdside Technology Park in Tranmere. A move that helped the company develop by taking on larger projects and more staff


CBISS Data Acquisition Software (CDAS) version 1 launched


CBISS acquired by Diploma PLC within the a1-envirosciences group

CBISS changes its name to a1-cbiss

Ken Roberts becomes General Manager

MK3 sampler launched


a1-cbiss expands product portfolio into Gas Detection (brands; Gastec, App-tek, ISC, Oldham)

a1-cbiss move head office to Maritime House, Wallasey to accommodate growing sales, marketing, and finance teams who now have responsibilities for the a1-envirosciences group


Major agreement with Marks & Spencer for the supply of the Automatic Refrigerant Monitoring System (ARMS) to satisfy the F-Gas regulations

Neil Kane becomes MD


CDAS achieves MCERTS accreditation

Mark Taylor becomes MD


a1-cbiss complete their biggest projects to date; For gas detection – an 80-point sampling system for the Natural History Museum in London. For CEMS – 9 continuous emissions monitoring systems to one of the UK’s largest power stations


Steve Duggan becomes Financial Director


CDAS 2 launched

AIRQUAL-1 launched to help sites meet the demands of EN12021

New webshop launched

Achieved Environnement SA Best Sales Performance

Company headcount; 46


a1-cbiss complete the acquisition of Hitek Calibration Services

Achieved A+ Corporation Best Sales Performance


Sam Thorneycroft becomes General Manager who later becomes MD in 2017

Reached 1million Gastec tube sales

a1-cbiss gain ISO14001 accreditation

a1-cbiss begin supporting Claire House – a local children’s hospice and continue to support them for the next 5 years

Ankersmid gas conditioning product range launched

Headcount; 62


Agreements with RAE Systems, BW Technologies and Scott Safety to supply their gas detection equipment

a1-cbiss win their biggest ever CEMS order for Drax Power and expand into new premises – Scott’s Quay, Wirral

Achieved Environnement SA Best Sales Performance


Runner-up Design Team of the Year (British Engineering Excellence Awards)

a1-cbiss introduces 3M Scott Safety respiratory protective equipment


a1-cbiss agree to distribute products on behalf of Crowcon gas detection, Det-Tronics gas and flame detection and IKAR Fall Arrest Equipment


After 19 years, a1-cbiss leave Ark Royal Way and move next door to Valiant Way – the 20,000 sq/m premises now accommodate all departments under one roof

OHSAS 18001 accreditation gained

In 2018, a1-cbiss collected the award from Envea for Best Sales Performance


Service team expanded to 17 engineers with 3 dedicated regional co-ordinators to manage demand in Northern, Southern & Central regions

George Forster and John O’Neill celebrate their personal 25th anniversaries with a1-cbiss

a1-cbiss start supporting the Owen McVeigh Foundation

Headcount; 70

Happy 30th anniversary to a1-cbiss