uniCenta oPOS started as a part-time personal hobbyist project in 2010 by uniCenta founder Jack Gerrard after Openbravo sadly abandoned any further development of their great community Openbravo POS project
From the very beginning the aim was to bring a community driven no-cost/low-cost commercial-grade Point Of Sale system to help Small-to-Medium Enterprises in retail and hospitality.
SME’s had, for too long, been subject to high-cost, low-quality software often with poor after-sales support. It was time to change that.

As each month passed uniCenta oPOS became increasingly popular and with thousands of downloads every month keeping the project in shape soon became a full-time, and costly, job to keep it going.

In late 2014 Jack decided to step down as CEO of a London technology startup and committed full-time to the uniCenta oPOS project after receiving a prestigious BOSSIE Award in 2013

In 2016 support by subscription was introduced after continued requests from users for support, more features and development.
The start of an income-stream was a welcome relief from the constraints of self-funding the project since 2010. With it uniCenta oPOS development has accelerated, new integrated applications delivered and there’s more to come.

A goal for the project, back in 2010, was to deliver a joined-up Click & Mortar Point Of Sale solution to help everyone be competitive in the fast-changing retail and hospitality spaces. We are more than well on the way.
With uniCenta oPOS retailers of all shapes and sizes kind can now start to extend their store front to a wider audience like never before.

Every day sees more subscribers, from all around the world, put their trust in uniCenta and join in our vision

I look forward to welcoming you to the uniCenta oPOS Point Of Sale project.

Jack Gerrard

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Subscribing to our support services helps the uniCenta oPOS project keep going by contributing to overhead costs of things like hosting, bandwidth and other expenses. If you don’t want to help us help you then that’s no problem. You can continue to get the un-supported the latest 4.1 from the uniCenta oPOS Community project

uniCenta oPOS has always been “free” (per GNU GPL3 license) and open source from its very beginning. It still is.