Our (Small!) Green Initiative

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It seems to me these days that everything we do is scrutinised from a sustainability standpoint. Business practices and personal behaviour that was once commonplace now causes eyebrows to be raised and fingers to be wagged. Even the humble plastic drinking straw has been consigned to history (sorry kids!). Of course, all of this is for positive reasons and the … Read More

How we implemented our response to the Criminal Finances Act 2017

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Our response to the Criminal Finance Act 2017

From 30 September 2017, the Criminal Finances Act 2017 made companies and partnerships criminally liable if they fail to prevent tax evasion by either a member of their staff or an external agent, even where the business was not involved in the act or was unaware of it. A prosecution could lead to both a conviction and unlimited penalties. Tax … Read More

My first week as a Network Engineer Apprentice

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My first day was nerve wrecking as this was the first time I’d worked in an office environment as a Support Engineer. In the first hour, a new colleague Gemma, talked me through what my daily duties would be. They included checking back-ups, taking calls from clients and logging issues as tickets. I found these first few hours a little … Read More

Red Nose Day at Optima

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Red Nose day is a great event as it raises money for charities in the UK and Africa. The 5 main issues it helps are – immunisation, mental health, vulnerable young people, domestic violence and  fighting Malaria. Since the last Red Nose Day, money raised has enabled us to help 11.7 million people across Africa, tackling issues such as immunisation, … Read More

Optima welcomes Steve McGuigan

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Optima is pleased to announce another apprentice has been taken on. We thought we would let him introduce himself in his own words. As I am part of the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology, growing up with video games were a big part of my life. Since I was about 9 years old video games dominated my … Read More

Optima welcomes James Heslip

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Optima is pleased to announce yet another apprentice has been taken on. This brings our total now to 5. We thought we would let him introduce himself in his own words. My first real introduction to programming was during my GCSE years at school. They were introducing a new course, computing, being an alternative to the current course, I.T. I … Read More

Sam to climb Mount Snowdon for charity

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My father and I, are raising money for Cancer Research UK by climbing Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales. We have set up a JustGiving page to allow people to donate to us directly without any hassle of arranging/collecting donations which in turn saves the charity money. Our target is on the ambitious side (£500) but I’m … Read More

GDBA 2016 – It’s almost time to announce our winner!

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As some of you may know, this year we are proudly sponsoring the award for Digital Marketing Business of the Year at the 2016 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. It’s been a far more interesting journey that we expected when we set out. We’ve meet some great people with genuine passion for Digital Marketing. We’ve also been exposed to some great … Read More

New Staff member – Yasmin Bryant

Jay HineOptima

Yasmin Bryant has joined Optima Systems as an Office Administrator. She will be the friendly voice on the end of the phone. She will ensure you are put through to the right person and failing that will take a message and ensure someone calls you back. She will also keep us topped up with coffee so we are awake when … Read More

Optima sponsors Gatwick Diamond Business Awards

Jay HineOptima

Optima Systems is sponsoring the Gatwick Diamond Business Award for “The Digital Marketing Business of the Year”. We are very excited about sponsoring this Award and look forward to meeting the entrants. In this category, we are not only looking for examples of Creative Design and Campaigns but also how the Client felt once it was all complete. Good luck … Read More

What’s happened in 25 years

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We thought it would be fun to look back at a few everyday things to see how they have changed since 1990. Let’s start with a classic “hot hatch” – the VW Golf GTi. The current one is still recognisable as a Golf. It’s also bigger, faster, more economical and better for the environment. And still available in red. It’s … Read More

Optima Nominated at the Gatwick Diamond Awards 2015

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Well here we are and Optima is almost exactly 25 years old; close to a quarter of a century of support and development and almost half of my lifetime. Optima Systems is no longer our baby. We’ve had the terrible two’s, teenage tantrums and student woes so now maybe, just maybe, Optima has grown up and come of age. In … Read More

25 Years of Optima Systems

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We have a number of exciting events planned throughout the year, starting with a celebration with colleagues and friends on Thursday 19th February. On Wednesday 25th March, we will be exhibiting at the Target Business Expo at the Dorking Halls, in Dorking. The event is FREE to attend and will offer lots of information and advice across a wide range … Read More