The NEB staff who believed that it should spearhead the burgeoning of a UK high technology sector that would be competitive with those of the US and Japan felt that the market for automated office systems would grow rapidly during the 1980s. They perceived that UK companies were not doing much to meet this projected demand and that were this situation to continue, the country would suffer in export markets and have to import the ingredients of these systems. They also saw that there were a few British firms that were making or could build some of these components. They thus decided to set up a company, Nexos, that would impel these concerns to improve and interrelate their electronic office equipment products and that would then market these products either singly or, even more desirably, as a package.