Greg Moore operating
as Pont Data during the late 1980`s
Between 1986 and 1988 a redundant butchers
shop in Bures High Street was purchased
by Greg Moore, an Australian entrepreneur, who founded Bridge International
Taken from Watersinfo.com re Charles
"Bridge International" was an IT firm specialising in
supplying online information to the finance industry.
Due to its rapid growth, Bridge International soon outgrew these premises
and moved down to Smallbridge Hall under a new name of Pont Data
However, the word Pont in french
Company records indicate this was founded in 1985
Comany records do not show who were the board members at this time, but
in 1987 Gregory Moore was listed as a Director.
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1995:- This corporation is no longer active according to documents filed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
Finally the Company went bankrupt
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.
I cannot be certain, but before Bridge International arrived at
Bures it may well have been located at Westwood Park at Gt Horkesley
I cannot recall the name of the company, nor can I find any reference
to any data company at the park, but there was most certainly
someone there dealing in the transmission of data
Because of Westwood Parks remoteness, 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 utterly unreliable in the rain, as nobody
took account of a woodland towards Westwood Park which degraded
Ok in the fine sunny weather, but a shower of rain brought it
to a standstill.
Now, if that was
Bridge International, did they uproot and move to Bures ??