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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Edge Technology Group's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Edge Technology Group is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles


Highlighting best practice
Tom Woollard, managing
director and head of Europe
Edge Technology Group (ETG) provides IT services to firms
within the financial services sector worldwide. With
offices and data centres throughout Europe, the Americas
and Asia, ETG is a purpose-built group of financial services
IT executives and professionals. Our clients most commonly
require us to perform the function of the internal IT team, but in
an outsourced capacity. Tom Woollard, managing director and
head of Europe, explains.
All ETG IT services are provided in strict accordance with the requirements of
global financial services regulators and institutional investors. ETG customers are,
therefore, typically those that value highly available IT systems, heavily backed by
a global network of consultants, advisors and engineers available 24/7 every day
of the year. Our customers are most likely to be hedge funds, asset managers and
private equity organisations. The group’s London headquarters is at 50 Pall Mall in
London, and the firm employs approximately 150 people worldwide. Our IT services
comprise four main categories: cloud, security, support and advisory.
Cloud services
Our CLOUD services allow us to deliver IT infrastructure “as a service” to our
customers. Rather than a firm investing considerable sums in capital expenditure
and manpower to build and maintain an internal IT Infrastructure, we are most
commonly appointed to provide an IT infrastructure and support service as part
of a monthly subscription arrangement. This allows a customer to benefit from a
top-of-the-range enterprise IT platform and service, without having to invest heavily
in internal IT staff and systems. We have a completely diversified CLOUD portfolio,
offering different levels of service. This allows us to consult first, and work with
customers on a case by case basis to understand the wants and needs of their
organisation, while building an IT environment that is tailored precisely to their own
individual business model.
Security services
We are all aware of “cyber crime” and hear many stories in the media about data
leaks, or scammers trying to hold us to ransom, or to hand over large sums of cash
when pretending to be our bank, or credit card provider, maybe even an online
“friend”. This is an unfortunate consequence of the digital world in which we live.
When you apply the same crime to a multimillion or multibillion-dollar organisation,
the sums of money involved are huge. Cybersecurity is without doubt the most
common IT security theme in recent times, and our security services aim to protect
our customers from falling foul of any such crime or scam.
»Managing director and head
of Europe: Tom Woollard
»Established in 2006
»Based throughout Europe, the
US and Asia
»Services: A global brand with
a focus on white glove service
»Industry-recognised provider
of technology services to
global financial services firms
»Customer base includes
start-up hedge funds to
pension funds with $500
billion in AUM (assets under
»30-50 per cent year on year
Edge Technology
Support services
We offer 24/7 global support every day
of the year. Our clients deserve nothing
less, and this is part and parcel of every
service we offer. Our global helpdesk
delivers outsourced IT support, and we
think of this service as an extension of
the customer business. Each member
of staff is a financial services industry
professional. We have built a culture
at ETG that supports diversity and the
wellbeing of others, and we recognise
staff as the main contributor to
ETG have dedicated teams in each of
our global locations with the 24/7/365
support desk operating from London,
New York and Hong Kong.
Advisory services
Sometimes, all you need is advice.
We can offer that in abundance and,
more importantly, as an independent
advisor. This is where our rich pool
of resources and expertise can really
assist in making a difference to
businesses of varying size and stature.
Most common types of advice are
at boardroom level and we often
advise customers on strategy, security
systems and risk mitigation. When
we see ourselves as an extension
of an existing board we can draw
on the individual experience of our
own people, and all of the collective
experience of our far-reaching
customer base, to provide advice in
line with the requirements of any
required business strategy.
We work in an “always on” world
which is driven by technology.
Technological innovation is allowing
firms to run their respective
businesses in a very different way to
previously. You no longer need an
army of internal staff and extensive
operational infrastructure to deliver
your business function to your desired
audience. You do, however, need
technology to replace that service.
The paradigm shift toward the use of
“Cloud” technologies which leverage
21stcentury technologies like artificial
intelligence, robotics and virtualisation
(creating a virtual computer
environment in which several virtual
machines can run separate software
while sharing the resources of one
physical host computer) has seen the
operational footprint of firms and
businesses significantly reduce, while
continuing to allow them to promote
year on year growth and returns.
But those hard-working individuals
to make up the operational
workforce of such firms have
gone away. They still exist. And
they are still valuable. They are the
individuals that work behind the
“Cloud”. They are the staff we have
here at Edge Technology Group. The
individuals at IT firms like ours, large
and small all over the world, are the
individuals that keep the “Cloud”
alive. We, therefore, take great pride
in the fact that these individuals, our
staff, are responsible for making our
customer business asuccess.
A typical client office,
designed, configured
and supported by Edge
We work with
passion and
integrity to
deliver first class
IT services to
financial services
firms through
professional and
quality staff.
Our staff are our
product and our
service is our
Mission statement


This article was sponsored by Edge Technology Group. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister