Jon Moody (ARMA chief designer and developer) worked for Lloyds Bank (in several incarnations) from 1979 to 2003. I started as a computer operator in central London, progressing through the years as a data storage specialist, performance analyst, and mainframe system administrator. In the mid 90s I was given responsibility for maintaining the Windows and mainframe servers for the cheque clearing process.
Over the next few years I oversaw the implementation of the database systems used to process upwards of 3,000,000 cheques each working day, creating the automation processes for a large part of the workload.
By 2003 what was now LTSB had outsourced their cheque clearing operation to a third party based in Northampton. I moved up to the Northampton area to take on a new role managing the automation of the cheque clearing for not only LTSB but several other major banks using the same company.
Su Moody (ARMA tester and quality controller) also worked for Lloyds, starting as a technical documentation author and progressing through Operational Proving (testing new systems before they went into production) to Project Management of major IT projects.
When it was clear that we would need to move closer to Northampton, Su left the bank and we prepared ourselves for life in the Midlands.
In the spring of 2007, fed up with the ever increasing amount of red tape I had to struggle through to make the simplest of changes, I quit my job in IT and started FreshbiNNs as an independent bin cleaning service.
Not wanting to rely on a single income stream, in 2008 we started to offer small businesses the opportunity to have a web presence at a very reasonable price, with web hosting packages including design for as little as £80.
Bottlebrush was formed in May 2009 offering personalised clothing, gifts and workwear on the web. We found this to be an extremely competitive area and struggled to make an impact.
In the Summer of 2010 we were approached by a major IT service provider in the financial sector who needed some help resolving a backlog of problems on their systems. Once we had converted our company from a partnership to a limited company, we signed a one year contract with them and commenced work in the Autumn of that year.
An opportunity arose later in 2010 to develop a system to manage the bin cleaning businesses of our own and another local company and ARMA was conceived.
Bottlebrush Ltd. was closed at the end of 2012 as we no longer needed to be a limited company. We now run all our businesses through the FreshbiNNs partnership.
Between us, we now have over 50 years experience in the IT world, designing, building, testing and running services. Achievements range from a website for a small business to the automation of the batch processing for the cheque clearing operation of a major bank and project managing the migration of a major bank’s ATM network on to a new platform.