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Optima Systems Consultancy celebrates 10 years with pledge of continued growth and investment in the systems engineers of tomorrow

Thornbury based, Optima Systems Consultancy is this month celebrating its 10-year anniversary following a decade of success and year-on-year growth.

The business, which provides independent engineering and business consultancy based on Systems Thinking principles, was founded by Managing Director, Chris Lamb, in September 2012. He set out with a goal to create a company which offered in-depth technical expertise with broader systems thinking to scope and solve complex problems. The business now has over 195 client engagements, and a client base across government departments, major industrial prime contractors, and specialist technical consultancies in the Defence, Nuclear, Aerospace, Transport and Utilities sectors.

Chris Lamb discusses the origins of the business and its continued growth, “Optima was ultimately founded to help clients with their challenges in complex systems development. Whilst the early days took a leap of faith, I always knew what type of business we needed to build for it to succeed and thrive in what was already a difficult market. Critical to this was having the right team to share the journey, with an ethos about strong delivery for our clients, and an internal culture based on openness, respect, and support.”

Optima, now a business of 30 employees, and 15 associates, has seen repeated growth year-on-year, and hit £4.6m in turnover in 2022. With the business expanding and work increasing, creating a team and culture where all those involved can flourish has been key to the success of the business. “I am delighted that so many talented people share the view about the importance of client service and culture and have become my colleagues here. They are what make it a truly special place to work.”

“I believe part of that comes from both the level of experience in the team and the thirst for growing knowledge, sharing best practice, and developing careers throughout the organisation.”

With ten years past, Optima is now looking to the future and is determined to leave a legacy behind it, working closer with the local community in the South West and to inspire the next generation to take roles in STEM. “We have always been a business which has looked to work with our wider society, and over the next ten years we will continue to put something back through our involvement with professional bodies, charities, STEM and more besides. We think this is critical in creating a business and a rich professional home for our people.

“We also want to help increase inclusion and diversity in the workforce, we have a stake in the next generation of talent, and we will continue to play our part to inspire and position young people from diverse backgrounds into systems engineering and related professions.”

Moving forward, Optima will continue to place client service, its people, and its culture at the heart of its operation, an approach which has seen it become one of the leading systems consultancies in the industry.

Chris continues, “Optima has become recognised and respected across multiple sectors – a trusted ally that responds swiftly, tackles difficult problems with the client’s best interests at heart, where we are able to see the big picture and strive to achieve a joined-up systems approach, whilst others find that daunting.”

“Whilst I am incredibly proud of how far we’ve come since 2012, I’m certain the next ten years will be just as exciting, challenging and rewarding. I look forward to sharing that journey with our team and those who join us along the way.”

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Notes to Editors Optima Systems Consultancy is an independent Systems Engineering and business consultancy based in Thornbury, North Bristol. We work with government departments, major industrial prime contractors, global security enterprises and specialist technical consultancies, offering in-depth technical expertise with broader Systems Thinking to scope and solve their complex problems. We pride ourselves on delivering exceptional and bespoke solutions to our clients with sharp methodology, minimal red tape, and genuine drive for quality. In short, we enable client success. Visit us at

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