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

Head of EMEA Mat Jordan
Technical expertise
Procurri derives its name from the Latin word
which translates to
pack leader
, a position it strives
to reach within the IT industry. It looks to achieve this
through disrupting and reworking the ways in which the world
buys technology using its sharing platform. Headquartered in
Singapore, with offices in the USA and UK, it has a presence
in over 100 countries and harnesses its international spread
and expertise to utilise economies of scale and a uniquely
diverse specialist skill-set of staff, spanning a huge range of
hardware, software and best-practice processes. Head of EMEA
Mat Jordan explains the company’s aim to revolutionise the IT
industry by making it greener, more efficient and more secure.
We use our global reach and expertise to utilise economies of scale and a uniquely
diverse specialist skill-set of staff spanning a huge range of hardware, software
and best practice processes. This is thinking globally, but acting locally, with
enough international coverage to offer regional expertise and experience wherever
the customer is based. We are multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-skilled: a
combination you won’t find often from a business that offers you a single account
manager and one point of contact.
In the UK, you can call into a Procurri office and you’ll speak to staff in Cirencester,
Wokingham, Nottingham and Warrington, and they are able to access our
international network of products, services and skills.
»Head of EMEA: Mat Jordan
»Based in the UK, USA
and Asia, with offices in
Cirencester, Wokingham,
Nottingham and Warrington
»Services: Hardware resale,
independent maintenance, IT
asset disposal and data centre
»No. of employees: Over 400
»Floated on Singapore Stock
Exchange in 2014
Highlighting best practice
IT is a competitive sector, and given the
rapidity of technological developments
it can be a tough sector for businesses
to survive in and adaptability is key.
The concept of ‘disruptive innovation’
in a market isn’t new, but it’s still
not the norm. In reality, disruption
is something a business should be
striving for: to anticipate future
customer appetite and needs, and
to conquer new areas of commerce
before our competitors do.
Immersion in the IT supply
Our situation within the traditional IT
channel is unique. We are the only
global company entirely focused
within it, our customers can ‘tap into’
a portfolio of products and services
dependant on their journey; be that
manufacturing, distribution, system
integration, managed service providers
or value-added resellers.
The value added and savings made
(be those financial, resourcing or in
downtime) can be passed on to the
customer and helps create a positive
working relationship between the two
A local touch, an international
knowledge base
Our international spread of offices
allows the utilisation of specialist skills
of staff all over the world to deliver
within their region aware of nuances
and potential pit falls that sit locally.
We operate a support helpdesk
reached by phone or e-mail 24-hours a
day, seven-days a week, with offices in
each time zone picking up the work as
others close. It is this around-the-clock
service and ‘always on’ mentality that
allows customers to access services and
support whenever they need to, rather
than relying on the old nine to five
mentality which is often no longer fit
for purpose for modern working.
When it comes to the likes of asset
disposal, equipment transportation
and data security standards, there’s
sometimes little common ground to
be found between countries. This is
where we can efficiently utilise the
varied expertise of our staff in different
regions; so that we’re able to offer
only the best and highest standards in
all we do, no matter where the need
for services may physically be located.
Acting with political agility to ensure
there is no service disruption even as
the world changes and evolves, our
senior management team have taken
forward-thinking steps to guarantee
service levels even in the event of a
British no-deal exit from the European
Union. Opening a new facility in
Germany, we can utilise the benefits
of an EU office and continue to meet
customer expectations throughout
periods of political and geographic
change. It is this innovative thinking
and quick action that continues to
differentiate us from our competitors.
The ways in which we work
The services we offer fit within three
main areas, each of which interconnect
Specialist engineering
Our situation
within the
traditional IT
channel is
and are complementary of each other
at points.
Hardware resale: We offer new and
refurbished solutions for customers,
entirely hardware agnostic.
Considering the end users existing
manufacturer install base, licensing
requirements, ongoing maintenance
and budget, our global team of experts
can work on a real time consultative
basis to help craft the perfect solution.
Independent maintenance support:
Offered for not just new IT equipment,
but also out-of-warranty and end-of-
life hardware, this service enables end
users to securely sweat their install
base for longer. Accessed through
the 24/7 helpdesk, our engineers are
product-certified and able to offer
a localised speciality service to give
tailored advice and information – all at
the end of a single phone number.
Advice and service is entirely vendor-
neutral, doesn’t impede on any OEM
agreements customers already have
in place, and never favours new
equipment over that already out of
warranty or nearing the end of its life.
Instead, our engineers will work with
end users rather than just for them,
planning efficient onsite deployment of
parts as part of a customisable support
package priced specifically for business’
unique requirements. Utilising existing
equipment and optimising its usage
and lifespan can result in significant
cost savings.
IT asset disposition: Once the use of
hardware has been optimised as far
as possible, it needs to be disposed of
as ethically and securely as possible;
just because hardware is obsolete does
not mean the data is, and current
legislation delivers some aggressive
penalties for those not in compliance!
Procurri’s wealth of information and
certificated solutions adhering to ISO
9001, 14001, 27001 and ADISA allows
all planning and delivery concerns
to be taken out of customers hands.
Our ITAD service sweeps up hardware
from initial assessment right through
to secure data erasure and maximising
returns for the client, optimising
refurbishment and resale ahead of
disposal wherever possible.
There are numerous industry standards
around the recycling and destruction
of IT equipment, dependent on the
geographic location of the hardware
and the components within it. Our
numerous global partnerships allow us
to adhere to the highest of legislative
standards as well as the best practices
within industry. This enables us to
demonstrate our commitment to the
area within which we work.
As business relationships continue, by
working with us, our customers can
continue to find and add value to their
customer’s IT lifecycle; giving them a
competitive advantage as well as being
greener and more efficient.
The Procurri
ITAD service
takes care of
right from
through to
and resale to
Global footprint

This article was sponsored by Procurri. 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 Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster