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SME webinar | Supercharging your business through technology

Sme webinar

New Civil Engineer is running the first in a new series of live webinars aimed at sharing best practice and business tips for small businesses and start-ups.

The first webinar, streaming live next Tuesday, aims to show how smaller firms can use technology to punch above their weight and win work with major clients.

A 2016 International Data Corporation report showed that SMEs that had embraced technology were growing faster than those that hadn’t – and 39% of the 3,210 businesses surveyed said that active participation in the digital economy would be essential to future survival. A recent Barclays Business survey also found that better technology is now considered to be the most important contributor to business growth among SMEs, ousting customer demand from the top spot.

The difficulty, however, is not in finding technology that can help, but choosing the right hardware and software for the most effective growth.

Consultant Abley Letchford has grown to a 14-strong business serving 20 key clients since it was founded in 2014 by Leigh Abley and Shaun Letchford. It has now completed 178 projects and says extensive use of technology has been instrumental in its success.

“Having co-founded Abley Letchford Partnership Limited from the ground up in 2014, the ability to create a design process and team which embraced modern design software and building information modelling (BIM) systems was too good an opportunity to miss,” said co-founder Leigh Abley.

“Advances in engineering IT systems have allowed us to minimise time spent on data verification and model creation, allowing us to concentrate on the engineering problem and delivery of the optimum solutions for the client,” added Abley.

In this live webinar we will discuss this challenge with Abley, who will share their journey and explain the key decisions they made, sharing lessons learned and pointing out hidden pitfalls.

We’ll be joined by Hannah Vickers, the new chief executive Association for Consultancy and Engineering, who will explain what support is available from the business group’s SME forum and be able to answer your questions direct.

The webinar is free and we’ll be seeking to cut to the issues that matter to you through live polls and by answering your questions live, in real-time.

Our event partner is software provider Causeway Technologies and its head of infrastructure design Barry Blake, will be on hand to explain the options available to smaller firms.

Abley Letchford has used software from Causeway extensively as an integrated and cost-effective solution.

“Causeway has been instrumental in this process,” said Abley. “Their expansive list of infrastructure and drainage software integrated seamlessly with our drafting packages, and their subscription plans not only provided access to additional functionality, but also reduced company capital expenditure and cashflow.”

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