Founded in 1998, Europoint Communications prides itself in delivering professional, knowledgeable test resource to high-profile software delivery projects in the UK.
We have worked with clients such as Resonate, Platform Smart at HSBC, AXELOS, Shiftpoint at Rolls-Royce, Experian, Capita, Ecotricity, Logica Esis, Clerical Medical Investment Group, and The Environment Agency.
Whatever IT expertise you need, we have a wide range of experience and years of knowledge that can be rapidly deployed. We pride ourselves on being able to quickly understand the business needs and technological solutions required to deliver your requirements.
Having worked with AXELOS to deliver Best Practice into organisations across the world, we now strive to implement the most appropriate methodologies and frameworks into your company so that you can deliver quicker, better and right first time.
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It has been four years since a small hiatus was announced for Europoint Communications.
In the event, this only lasted around 18 months, until October 2018. In that time, Matthew Cunliffe has obtained PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner and RESILIA Practitioner qualifications, and worked for both HSBC and Resonate.
So what now?
The COVID19 virus, together with the threat of IR35 has resulted in a downturn in business. Most businesses who need short-term expertise to fill a gap have naturally let go many contractor services as they send their employees to work from home; IR35 prompted large organisations to insist on contractors either joining them as employees or working under a PAYE arrangement, both of which resulted in a loss of revenue.
Europoint Communications has always paid a salary commensurate with that which would be paid in any business for the roles involved. It has also ensured that there was sufficient capital in the business to cover the additional costs (Corporation Tax, Employers’ National Insurance, Pensions etc) of any business and to ensure that when work is slack (as was the case in 2001 after 9/11), employees could continue to be paid.
Furlough and opportunities
The double onslaught of COVID19 and IR35, despite the fact it has been “delayed” for a year, have nevertheless already inflicted a toll on many businesses. Whilst we have never asked for handouts from the government in the 22 years this company has been in existence, employees are now being furloughed, and we will be taking up the British government’s offer to pay 80% of all salaries.
Meanwhile, we are encouraging everyone who has been furloughed to look at ways to help out during this crisis: Whether it is keeping in contact with elderly and vulnerable neighbours, friends and family, doing odd jobs or shopping trips, or volunteering for foodbanks, the NHS or helping to bring in the harvests, it’s time to give back to the nation, and show that we aren’t a country of “me me mes”.
Europoint Communications will be taking a break for a while, whilst Matthew Cunliffe explores new avenues of technology and career.
For Christmas 2014, Europoint Communications ran a poll asking you to vote for one of ten charities to receive a proportion of £5000 and Make a Difference. Thanks to you, the votes are now in, and we have now donated a total of £5004 (rounding up the amounts) to the ten charities below.
It’s not over. These charities need our help every day of the year, not just at Christmas. So why not, find out more about Make a Difference and donate?
Matthew Cunliffe has worked in the IT industry for over 20 years and continues to maintain a keen interest in the latest technical advances in both software and hardware.
With regular training to ensure that he remains in the top echelons of his profession, Matthew holds both ISEB Foundation and Practitioner Certificates in Software Testing, together with the PRINCE2 Foundation, Practitioner and Agile Practitioner certificates and RESILIA Foundation and Practitioner certificates. Having a strong technical knowledge has allowed Matthew to involve himself in all aspects of the Information Technology space, as Head of IT, Technical Architect or Test Manager.
Matthew has strong transferable skills that have allowed him to easily manage large projects, control multi-million pound budgets, and manage the ICT team whilst working on technical delivery; team management; design and architecture; Disaster Recovery and failover; through automated testing; development of metric gathering tools, Dashboards and test harnesses; project planning; and Quality Assurance.
With such a wide and varied skillset, Matthew is ideally placed to rapidly integrate into existing projects or introduce the appropriate quality processes into new. For an in depth view of Matthew’s skills and past client base, please take a few minutes to view his Curriculum Vitae below.
Matthew Cunliffe MA Head of IT, Technical Architect, QA and Test Consultant
Availability: May 2020
Job Roles: Head of IT, Quality Assurance Manager, Test Manager, Technical Architect, Test Lead
Role Type: Contract
Preferred Locations: East Midlands, West Midlands, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Coventry, Birmingham
- AXELOS PRINCE2 Foundation
- AXELOS PRINCE2 Practitioner
- AXELOS PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner
- AXELOS RESILIA Foundation
- AXELOS RESILIA Practitioner
- Gilb Agile Inspection Leader
- ISEB Practitioner in Software Testing
- ISEB Foundation in Software Testing
References available on request