With Christmas, New Year Celebrations and the first couple of months of 2016 already done and dusted, Embridge Consulting are feeling excited, fired up and chomping at the bit with anticipation as to what the rest of the year has in store for us.

“Embridge recruit new Team Members”

2015 turned out to be the biggest year yet for us as a business, which included a relocation of our headquarters, the launch of a brand new service Managed ERP, the announcement  of our partnership with the mighty Unit4 and the opening of a 2nd operations office in Bristol!

It was a roller coaster ride of a year, but we hung on tight, survived the journey and are now surging ahead into what promises to be an even bigger, better and faster thrill seeking 2016.

Keeping the well oiled Embridge machine in tip top condition requires passion, vigour, drive and a healthy injection of top quality engineers at its source, so with the opening of our 2nd office in Bristol, Embridge were on a mission to find the right people to step up and take the reins alongside Teresa Watson who opened up shop on 1st October 2015. We knew what we were looking for from the outset; knowledge, commitment, vision, a sense of humour and an appetite for all that is Unit4 Business World.

Paul Tipaul tippetppet – aka Porthos

Paul started his working life back in 1992, fresh faced and blissfully naïve as a stores clerk, stock taking and directing his minions with authority and vigour. While Paul relished his new found responsibilities bossing his co-workers around, (who were older, bigger and longer in the tooth than our green Mr T), their attempts to play a few tricks on him to remind him of his newness turned out to be fruitless! Undeterred and newly equipped with a valuable managerial skill under his belt (a sense of humour!) Paul went on to gain further experience as a credit controller and purchase ledger clerk before discovering our familiar friend ‘Agresso.

Paul has spent the past 2 years as a Senior Business Systems Analyst at Buro Happold before deciding to move on to pastures green, although it’s fair to say that he has been around the block a few times hanging out with our old buddies Unit4 Business World in various guises for most of this century, at places like Wessex Water, Halcrow and Core Assets to name but a few. Paul has a broad and invaluable skill set, but really shines when it comes to technical/ reporting and bespoke configuration and is exceptionally competent around ARC and Excelerator. Super techy, super smart and we are super pleased to have bagged him.

Paul joins the team in Bristol as a Senior Applications consultant and brings plenty of merriment and mirth to every day with his cheeky sense of humour. In his spare time, rumour has it that Paul has been known to rub alongside the likes of Rowan Atkinson and Lewis Hamilton whilst motor racing formula Ford at Castle Combe, but leaked reports that Paul was spotted belting out Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean while driving the course have yet to be confirmed!

Steve Long – aka Athos

steve longSteve joins the Embridge fold from Unit4 where he spent 19 months working his magic as a Senior Consultant, however this is not where his Unit4 story starts. Having left college with his Business Studies qualification tucked tightly under his arm, Steve took his first steps into the accounting world as a general ledger clerk within a supermarket chain at the tender age of 18! Steve spent 2 years here, before moving to higher grounds with Wessex Water where he was to spend the next 16 years trying out a few different hats, gaining bags of experience and discovering the infamous Agresso product. Fast forward a few years, chuck in Buro Happold along the way, a few more shinier hats, tonnes of Unit4 Business World exposure and hey presto, Steve landed at our doorstep. We offered him the job before he could take his coat off!

Steve’s expertise lies within the PCB modules primarily but he is also experienced in all Financial modules and is an experienced Project Manager with Prince2 and APM qualifications, along with ISEB accreditation in Business Analysis/Requirements Engineering. Boff!

Steve joins the team as a Project Manager and Business Consultant, adding yet another crucial and integral building block to the Bristol team. His kind and patient nature allows him to thrive at what he loves best, which is helping others realise their potential and reaching common goals. He loves to hang out with his Mrs of 25 years and 2 teenage kids and is bonkers about sport, especially football and is an avid Bristol City FC fan – well nobodys perfect!

Jon Simmonds – aka D’Artagnanjon simmonds2

Jon is our most recent recruit joining the Bristol team in early January. Originally from Cardiff and now based in Bristol, Jon started out his working life armed with Computer Science degree gained at Swansea University. He was to kick off his IT career at RockIT Specialists, GIG and then Computershare before securing himself a post with our good friends Unit4. Here Jon was to be introduced to his very first ERP system, Unit4 Business World (Agresso) and following a very steep learning curve, went on to gain valuable experience over the next 2 yeas as a support consultant within the Payroll environment, where he was to meet Teresa Watson the first time around!

Jon will be adding another valuable element to the Bristol team as a Support Consultant, supporting the Managed ERP Service desk from the South West and providing additional Remote Consultancy.

Jon met the love of his live, Emma whilst at uni and have since bought a home together in Bristol and are now in the midst of planning their forthcoming wedding! In his spare time, Jon is a super fit fanatic, moving mountains, throwing lintels and cycling like a banshee (for fun!) and swaps the weekly office Doughnut Friday treat for a nice health Nutri-Bullet! However insider information has revealed that Jon is a mean cocktail maker, so it would seem he is human after all!

With our 3 musketeers ready to do battle alongside Milady de Winter, aka Teresa Watson, our Bristol office is now established and running like clockwork. With these 4 extraordinary additions to the team proving their worth in just a few short months, Embridge are not only considered a leading Unit4 System Integrator Partner within UK & Ireland, but are fast becoming the Partner of Choice. Whilst we are trying to remain cool, calm and collected, we cannot help but secretly congratulate ourselves on hitting the the jackpot with our finds.


If you fancy trying your hand at becoming a super-hero, jedi master or indeed a musketeer (there’s room for one more!), then we’d love to hear from you. Just send along your details and an up to date copy of your CV to our enquiries email and you too could become part of one of the fastest growing business systems consultancies in the UK.



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