Case study - Sword Apak
Financial systems specialists Sword Apak wanted to set up a bursary to celebrate the memory of founder Tony Papadopoullos. So far it’s been a great success.
About Sword Apak
Apak was founded in 1979 by Tony Papadopoullos and has grown to become a leading provider of specialist financial systems. The business, which now operates as Sword Apak, is based just outside Bristol and supports the global asset finance and banking sectors.
The Tony Papadopoullos Bursary
When the original Apak business merged with the Sword group, two former Apak directors created the Tony Papadopoullos Memorial Trust with a donation from funds created from the merger.
UWE Bristol worked with the Trust to create the Tony Papadopoullos Bursary – financial help awarded to two high performing students studying an undergraduate course involving computing.
Sword Apak continue to support the bursary through regular donations to the Memorial Trust. The team sees it as a very suitable memorial for Tony, and everyone at Sword Apak appreciates the feel good factor of supporting successful students.
A rewarding fit
Lin Papadopoullos, Tony’s widow and Chair of Trustees, Tony Papadopoullos Charitable Trust says:
"Supporting computing students at UWE Bristol is the perfect fit with the business of our main benefactor, Sword Apak. I know Tony, the founder of Apak, would have been very proud. Every year we look forward to meeting 'our' students, and we enjoy hearing about how they get on.
“We always come along to graduation ceremonies, and the team
chats about the bursary holders' progress as if they're family – we
were really proud when last year's students were awarded First
“It's great to know we're helping the next generation a little bit, and you never know, we may end up sponsoring Sword Apak’s next top employee."