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“Six months ago, I made the move from a big company to a small one. Whilst this doesn’t sound particularly earth shattering to some, it was a tremendous move for me. Having spent over 18 years in the military and then cutting my teeth in the defence industry working for three of the world’s largest Defence Primes across the ISTAR, CEMA, CIED, Cyber and Crypto domains, it was like having a large comfort blanket pulled from underneath my feet.
“Surprisingly, the transition to the SME community has been an amazing journey. I have been privileged to work with and be introduced to some of the smartest, worldly and passionate individuals around. And do you know what? I still have that comfort blanket as the SME community is phenomenal in their support for one another.
“I saw a question posed recently which asked: ‘With the world of business growing and developing rapidly, and with the increased demands on companies to deliver ever more complex solutions to challenging problems in diminishing time scales whilst remaining agile, can SMEs survive?’
“Many large companies will tell you that they remain agile, flexible and can adapt to the changing needs of the market, however the truth of the matter is really that ‘Elephants don’t gallop’.
“In my view, the question should actually have been, ‘Can large companies survive without working closely and building strong relationships with the SME community?’.
“Innovation is fuel for a thriving economy; collaboration is key to innovation.”
Eddie Edwards, MD at EWS
“Growth through collaboration has been a key mantra of EWS for many years. Working with and alongside other SMEs, EWS has proven over and over again that the team we have built carefully has the ability, capability, adaptability and knowhow to help drive continuing innovation, and support governments and industry alike.
“Given how wildly successful EWS has been over the last six months, I can’t wait to see what the team will achieve over the coming six and I’m so excited to be along for the ride.”
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