A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Electrosonic'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 Electrosonic 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


JonHancock, CEO
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Established in 1964 in Greenwich Market, London,
Electrosonic is a leading audiovisual (AV) and technology
services company which has helped deliver some of the
most iconic projects in the world for leading brands in business,
entertainment and hospitality. The company undertakes all
aspects of design, build and support, providing innovative
technological solutions to meet their clients’ budgets and
surpass their expectations. Robert Simpson MBE, one of three
founding members, started the organisation from a small office
in Greenwich, London, and today the Electrosonic Group turns
over £110 million worldwide. CEO Jon Hancock elaborates.
Technology innovation and creativity is in our DNA. Throughout our 54-year
history, we at Electrosonic have designed and built new products and solutions
to meet the needs of our customers and their increasingly complex projects: from
the development of “automatic multi-image slide projector shows” in 1967 to
innovative projection systems design for a giant projected image at China’s Expo
in 2010, to – most recently – being a key partner in delivering the largest museum
project in the world, the Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre in Kuwait.
Today’s customers respond in a positive way to memorable experiences that utilise
digital technologies such as virtual reality and immersive experiences, creating
ample opportunity across all industries to use technology that revolutionises
business and even society. We work at the intersection of technology, architecture
and storytelling to create lasting experiences.
»Newly appointed CEO:
JonHancock, June 2018
»Established in 1964
»Services: Audiovisual and
technology design consulting,
build-system integration,
managed services, remote
monitoring and repair
»Headquarters in Dartford,
Kent and Burbank, California
»No. of employees: 507
»16 offices: 9 in the US, 5 in
the UK, 1 in Hong Kong and 1
in Dubai
»Privately-owned business
»Delivered over 2,500 projects
across 26 countries since
January 2015
»In March 2018, completed
works on the world’s
largest museum in Kuwait,
22,000square metres
Electrosonic Ltd
Highlighting best practice
These experiences have proven
successful in many consumer-facing
scenarios, such as museums and themed
attractions. However, experiences are
not just confined to the entertainment
industry; global corporate organisations
now recognise the potential to bring
their brand and products to life.
The “wow factor” engages visitors
and clients, creating a memorable
impression. The total experience
builds a powerful differentiator for
the venue or the brand, helping to
increase competitive advantage and
enhance employee communication and
With 16 offices globally – across UK,
North America, Middle East and Asia
– Electrosonic’s vision as a pioneering
technology services company is to
create lasting experiences for people to
live, work and play in.
The Electrosonic difference
End to end: We provide a total
service offering. We design, build
and support innovative experiences.
From conceptualisation and planning
through to implementation and
360-degree support services, our
clients value our joined-up approach
– one that is steered by a dedicated
in-house team of project managers
operating across the globe.
Innovative: We design and engineer
at the cutting edge; it is why we
have continued to grow and flourish
for over five decades. We aim to be
one step ahead of our clients and
their visions, working with them in
partnership to develop ideas and bring
them to life using the very latest in AV
design, integration, installation and
support technology.
Reliability: When it absolutely has to be
right, we will make sure it is; we believe
in exceeding client expectations. Our
vast array of advanced services, including
a VNOC (Video Network Operations
Centre), can provide 24/7 managed
services worldwide, ensuring clients
always benefit from maximised uptime.
Versatility: From business to
entertainment, we create AV
experiences and services for clients
working in multiple sectors. Examples
include NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre
Visitor Complex in Florida, the Rolling
Stones touring exhibition at the Saatchi
Gallery in Chelsea and North Sea
oil platform control centres. Such a
diverse portfolio means our innovations
in one sector often cross-pollinate
others, creating fresh, new thinking
that leads to trail-blazingsolutions.
Our people make it happen
Since 2009, Electrosonic has been
running programmes aimed at
encouraging new, young talent into
the audiovisual industry. In addition
to our global graduate programme,
NASA’s Kennedy Space
Centre visitor complex,
Experiences are
not just
confined to the
industry; global
now recognise
the potential to
bring their
brand and
products to life
Electrosonic has been honoured with the Queen’s Award to Industry
for Export Achievement and the founder director, Robert Simpson,
was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s 2017 honours list for services
to the UK AV industry. Some of our high-profile projects include:
»2013: Stonehenge Visitor Centre, English Heritage, UK
»2015: EU Pavilion, Milan Expo 2015, Italy
»2015: One World Observatory, USA
»2015: National September 11 Memorial & Museum, USA
»2016: The Discovery Space, Houses of Parliament Education Centre, UK
»2016: The Ahmad Al Jaber Oil & Gas Exhibition Centre, Kuwait
»2017: Eversheds Sutherland, boardroom and auditorium, UK
»2018: Sheikh Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Centre, Kuwait
in 2016, Electrosonic introduced an
apprentice programme in support
of the government’s apprenticeship
scheme. We see it as our responsibility
to help train the next generation of AV
professionals, ensuring the industry
has the necessary skills and knowledge
to keep developing and growing. We
engage with schools to encourage
uptake in STEM fields – crucial skills
for the UK economy in a competitive
global market.
We are equally passionate about
encouraging more women into the
technology industry and work closely
with universities and colleges offering
initiatives and mentoring programmes
to young, female technology students.
With over 500 talented and diverse
people serving clients in over 30
countries, we have the talent and
skill base to solve the most complex
problems and deliver on the most
challenging projects. We employ
and invest only in skilled and creative
problem solvers who guide our clients
through the entire journey, using
cutting-edge technologies to bring
their concepts to reality and drive
better business results. Our employees,
moreover, are highly trained and
accredited to the AV industry’s
Future vision
The Audiovisual and Integrated
Experience Association released its
2017 AV “Industry Outlook and Trends
Analysis”, stating that the professional
AV European market growth rate is
estimated at 4.4 per cent and expected
to generate £41 billion, with the UK
growth rate for professional AV at
4.3 per cent, expected to generate
£5billion by 2022.
We’re expanding our design and
consulting practice, providing master
planning and integration expertise
for ICT, security and surveillance, and
acoustics systems.
Technology capabilities are evolving
quickly, and this brings a unique
opportunity for Electrosonic.
Electrosonic has many “firsts” in the
audiovisual industry and the prospects
for global growth are clear to see.
The markets which we’re looking
to serve are predominantly financial
services, professional services, themed
entertainment, technology, media and
telecoms, and energy and utilities,
elevating our customers’ experiences
and engagement while increasing
brand recognition.
We’re driven by the challenges that
our global customers continually face,
as we have genuine interest in the
journey they’re embarked on and
the experiential opportunities that
integrated technologies can offer. We
welcome the opportunities the Top
100 Fortune companies continually
provide, and where we can bring
imagination to life.
We look forward to Electrosonic’s
bright future – supporting Britain’s
engineering efforts as well as
bringing new talent onboard and
innovation to the forefront of the
We’re driven by
the challenges
that our global
continually face,
as we have
genuine interest
in the journey
embarked on
and the
that integrated
can offer
Being Brunel Museum,
Bristol – immersive
experience with 4K


This article was sponsored by Electrosonic. 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