Greg Moore, an Australian entrepreneur,
founded Bridge International (later renamed Pont Data Company) in 1980,
recognizing a niche in the small but growing financial data distribution
He struck a deal with Charles Lebens, the
chairman of St Louis-based Bridge Information Systems, that allowed Moore
to develop an international service for Bridge, using existing Bridge
software. The product that Moore and his Bridge International team developed
became the standard for the dissemination of Australian company and securities
price information, historical data, and local financial news.
In 1983 Greg Moore went to London to build a UK arm, constructing a computer
centre in Colchester and eventually spreading his operations to continental
Europe. Bridge International quickly won adherents: one particular feature
of the system that in its day had no peer was its ability to report completed
trades almost immediately after execution.
The agreement between the two companies
was finally dissolved amid much acrimony in 1987. Moore renamed his company
By 1991, despite the proven attraction
of the product, particularly in providing information on smaller markets,
the company was in dire financial straits.
Moore, for all his savvy, stopped paying his bills somewhere along the
way and eventually lost effective control of the company. By mid 1991,
rising costs led him to borrow heavily from the Kuwaiti Investment Office
(one source puts the figure at $40 million), which was familiar with the
Pont product as a client. The KIO took effective control of Pont in the
fall of 1991, and Moore then returned to Sydney.****
Finally, Pont Data finally went into administration
Source:- 1998 Asset International, Inc
****:- the article states that Moore returned
to Sydney in 1991, but from records he was the owner of Smallbridge until
Allegedly, Greg may have returned to Australia leaving behind his wife
and two daughters, until the children finished their schooling.
The Kuwati Investment Office also owned
SmallBridge Farm which is adjacent to the Hall
Bridge International and Pont
Bridge International :- Butchers
Shop, High Street Bures circa 1986
Pont Data:- Smallbridge Hall, possibly 1986 - 1997 - but
this requires confirming
Pont Data, Westwood Park:- circa 1997 -1992
Filed for Administration 1992
Sometime around 1985/6 a redundant
butchers shop in Bures High Street
was purchased by Greg Moore, trading under the name of Bridge International
was an IT firm specialising in supplying online information to the
Taken from Watersinfo.com re Charles
Due to its rapid growth, Bridge International soon outgrew these premises
and moved down to Smallbridge Hall (or Westwood Park) under the name of
Company records indicate this was founded in 1985 with Gregory Moore listed
as one of the Directors.
Pont Data Inc. filed as a Domestic Corporation
in the State of Nevada on Monday, October 12, 1987.
1995:- This corporation is no longer active according to documents filed
with Nevada Secretary of State and is listed as Merge Dissolved.
Gregory Phillips Moore was listed as the President of Pont Data Inc and
registered in Illinois, USA.
Pont Data also had a registered address
in the UK at 6 City Road, Finsbury Sq, London during ??
<<<<< During 1988
Greg Moore was requesting a listing on the Australian Bourse for
During the late 1980`s Smallbridge
was the IT centre for Pont Data in the UK with several employees.
One of these data services was to receive live information from
the London Stock Exchange (LSE) and distribute that to other interested
parties such as Ceefax, Teletext and stockbrokers.
With BBC now displaying virtually live stock information from the
LSE, this was a vast improvement for the private investor who either
had to phone a stockbroker or wait for the next days newspapers
to carry this information.
With so much data being handled by
Smallbridge, this became a problem for BT.
This was well before the days of broadband and fibre optic and consequently,
BT had to lay a new cable from its telephone exchange in Bures along
the rural roads to provide more cable capacity to Smallbridge at
an enormous cost.
BT and Pont Data signed a formal
agreement that any data faults on the BT plant would be cleared
within a 4 hour time scale - this was very hard to achieve with
Bures and Smallbridge in such rural locations.
It wasn`t unusual for an engineer to attend in the early hours,
to clear line faults.
Waterstechnology.com:- April 5th 1990
Waterstechnology.com: Feb 1992
Pont Data Dissolved 1992
Company number 0191262
Incorporation date 10 May 1985
Company House has Pont Data
with two separate addreses
88B Green Dragon Lane, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 0EN, n
Green Dragon Lane in 2018 consists of residential housing
and high rise blocks of flats
Prince Edward Works, Pontefract Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire,
Pontefract Lane in 2018, appears to be an Industrial
Although Pont Data ceased
trading in 1992, the appointment of a liquidator was not
until 19 May 1998
Mr James Dominic Lascelles Sales Director (British)
14 Apr 1991 - Close
Mr David John Thomas (Australian)
14 Apr 1991 - Close
Mr Neil Leslie Draco (British)
14 Apr 1991 - 28 Feb 1992
14 Apr 1991 - 28 Feb 1992
Mr Ian Alexander Robert Wilson
15 Jan 1988 - 14 Apr 1989
Mr William Herbert Lough
14 Apr 1987 - 15 Jan 1988
Mr Gregory Phillips Moore
14 Apr 1987 - 15 Jan 1988
Smallbridge was still owned by
Greg Moore until 2000, when it was sold
During the 1980`s I was a BT Engineer looking after data links
for large companies to the north of Colchester.
Unfortunately for me living in Bures, I was nominated to maintain
Greg Moores Data and Comm links 24/7
Smallbridge is located approximately 2.5 miles out of the village
along the Nayland Rd. The former owners only required one or two
telephone lines so the cabling to the Hall was minimal
There was no Fibre in those days, so all data was transmitted
over standard copper wire. It was not uncommon to bunch pairs
together to reduce the losses(impedance/resistance) in order to
get a slight speed increase
The demand for data links was so enormous, that BT was requested
by Greg Moore install a larger capacity cable which would run
from the telephone exchange in the centre of Bures all the way
out to the Hall.
This was quite a challenge as the ductwork layed in the footpath
only runs as far as Claypits Avenue a distance of about 500 metres.
That was the easy part and could be accomplished in a day or two.
This meant the remainder of the route some 2km, entailed manually
digging up the carriageway/ grass verge in order to bury the cable.
This contract took several weeks and cost tens of thousands of
pounds in labour and materials.
Today in 2015, evidence of this work is clearly visible along
the verge at Clickets Hill where the grass verge has eroded, exposing
the cable to the elements.
There is no evidence of any pipe/duct being layed at this point
so I can only assume the cable was just buried in the ground
It was then terminated in one of the stable block buildings to
the right, as you drive down the access road into Smallbridge.
Another cable was then layed in ductwork under the driveway and
lawn into the main building.
Allegedly when Pont
went into administration, BT had received no payment for this
Because of its remoteness from the nearest telephone exchange,
there was no suitable underground cable with sufficient capacity
to feed the enormous amount of data being processed.
BT erected a microwave mast on the telephone exchange at Marks
Tey which transmitted data to a similar mast at Fordham Telephone
This in turn was relayed by a dish to a mast at Westwood Park
These exchanges were chosen because at Marks Tey it could intercept
the Colchester to London data and telephone traffic.
Fordham exchange had a clear line site (essential for microwave
transmission) to Marks Tey and in the other direction to Westwood
link turned out to be totally unreliable in the rain, as nobody
took account of a woodland surrounding Westwood Park which degraded
Ok in the fine sunny weather, but a drizzle of rain the signal
Several trees were cut
down, in the attempt to resolve the problem, but it was a lost
To provide this microwave/data link from Marks Tey to Westwood
park, must have cost BT tens of thousands of pounds.
I have no idea how Pont Data coped with such an unreliable link,
as it was too far away from Gt Horkesley telephone exchange to
lay any additional capacity
In 2015 the mast (not the dish) was still standing abandoned at
the side of Fordham Telephone exchange
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