The start of our Eppione journey
Eppione was thought up in the back of a cab on a ride back from a client meeting. Friends Dave and Neil, had met with a mutual client they had both worked with for some time as employee benefit consultants in their respective countries (Ireland and the UK). The client was not small but at just over 200 people they had an issue with the cost of technology, a lack of budget and a lack of useful options for what they needed. They said, “I need a platform to manage my benefits, but I don’t want to pay for yet another platform. Why can’t it all be in one place?”.
And that was the start of an amazing journey from insurance experts to technology whizz kids for two middle(ish) aged men designing and building a fully integrated HR and employee benefit solution which could be used by small and medium enterprise (SME) clients as well as large multinationals.
It’ll be easy or so we thought!
Developing the concept and potential design of a platform over the following months would involve lots of long days and long nights (often involving a beer or two). More and more ideas were contributed from clients and friends to define what would be the perfect HR solution.
We aimed to help employers not only manage their employee data for HR. To add real value by supporting day to day tasks and calculations, allowing HR to concentrate their time on the more important role of HR management.
Booking holiday or time off, logging training, adding time sheets, managing rosters, giving employees access to the important documents they need to read. All the way through to the complexities of managing benefits, benefit selections and flexible benefit allowances would now be done in one simple-to-use, secure, premium platform. This could be achieved at an affordable price, removing the costs and admin headache of a multi-platform approach. Easy reporting for payroll and management would give additional functionality and why not put it all in the palm of your hand with a phone APP.
Simple, we thought. This would be perfect; wouldn’t love it? Why has no one done this before? But how much would it cost to develop such a wonderful tool? Enter Ernest, whom Dave and Neil had met previously and built a strong friendship with, following a conference speech where Ernest had spoken about the most cutting-edge technology, the price of application development and the cost of getting it wrong. Ernest’s expertise would prove invaluable and rather than just recruit him to build the idea we had put together, we asked him to be a business partner. The best decision we could have made.
From concept to delivery, as three friends, we are proud of where we have been and how far we have come. We have built a family of friends throughout the business and have surrounded ourselves with experts in HR, employee benefits, insurance and financial advice, combining to bring a value proposition that we feel is unmatched in today’s market.
We have big plans for Eppione and the journey has only really just begun. We would love to welcome you aboard.