Butler Cox plc (originally Butler Cox and Partners Ltd) was an independent consulting and research company formed in 1977 by David Butler and George Cox along with five colleagues, specialising in the strategic application of information technology.  It served both major users and leading suppliers of that technology. Much of the work was concerned with identifying and explaining the nature and significance of new developments. The company’s principal research service was the Butler Cox Foundation, which grew to nearly 500 members, all of which were major corporations, drawn from every sector.  As an illustration of its influence, its membership in the UK included 19 of the top 20 FTSE companies.  As well as influencing the uptake of technology by leading users and the product offerings of major suppliers, the findings of the Foundation research were communicated to the UK Government on numerous occasions and had a bearing on public policy.