SSE Enterprise Telecoms – provider of network infrastructure and data centre services, and part of the SSE Group – has been selected by Brewin Dolphin, one of the country's largest investment management and financial planning firms, to undertake a major network upgrade to support the firm's enterprise mobility strategy. SSE Enterprise Telecoms has installed three ultra-reliable 100Mb internet circuits to connect Brewin Dolphin's busiest UK offices – in London, Newcastle and Edinburgh – while new high-speed WiFi connectivity delivers secure network access to employees, customers and guests.
The 250-year old Brewin Dolphin recently initiated a programme to enable greater workforce mobility, allowing its employees to access the corporate network from any location and on any device. To ensure the programme's success, it was vital that staff had access to reliable, fast and secure WiFi. Following a thorough competitive tender process, Brewin Dolphin selected SSE Enterprise Telecoms, not just for its track record of delivering rock-solid connectivity solutions to financial services firms that cannot tolerate any amount of downtime, but also because it was able to deliver the solution to meet Brewin Dolphin's aggressive project timeframe. The entire project was completed in less than six weeks.
"Having shopped around, we found SSE Enterprise Telecoms' proposition to be extremely compelling but, in order to make our new mobile working strategy a reality, we also needed the new network infrastructure to be in place very quickly. We were upfront about the extremely tight timeframes that we were working to and were reassured that the circuits would go live on time. Thanks to SSE Enterprise Telecoms' dedicated account team, our ambitious timescales were met," said Gavin Martin, head of IT infrastructure, Brewin Dolphin. "Now that the solution is in place and in use, SSE Enterprise Telecoms has certainly lived up to its reputation for reliability."
Brewin Dolphin is also committed to providing internet access to customers and other guests visiting its offices in London, Edinburgh and Newcastle. However, due to the security and compliance requirements of the data it holds, it was vital that SSE Enterprise Telecoms designed and configured the network to separate Brewin Dolphin's internal corporate access from the connection available to guests and customers in reception and meeting areas.
"As a financial services firm, Brewin Dolphin operates under the close scrutiny of the Financial Conduct Authority, while its premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, means it faces particularly stringent financial, governance and regulatory requirements," said Colin Sempill, managing director, SSE Enterprise Telecoms. "It is a massive endorsement of our credentials that an organisation with as exacting requirements for security and uptime as Brewin Dolphin, has chosen to work with SSE Enterprise Telecoms."
Following the successful implementation of the internet circuits and WiFi connectivity, SSE Enterprise Telecoms is now providing Brewin Dolphin with its full service wrap, ensuring that the new network is always working optimally. Moving forward Brewin Dolphin will also benefit from the on-hand expertise of its trusted network partner for upcoming projects, aided by the cultural alignment and strong collaboration between the two organisations.