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Small is best for acquiring skills


I read with interest the Debate on the relative attributes of large and small firms (NCE 17 February). I have worked for both, spending time with Hyder.

The 'big boys' will tell you that they can draw on their depth of resource. Fine in principle, but it has not always been my experience.

The smaller practice, however, is so committed to ensuring the client is served, it often gains a more secure and stable working relationship. My early career time with W G Curtin and R T James certainly taught me that small is better in allowing us to develop a range of skills to serve our clients.

David W Owen (M), Redrow Homes, Northern Region structural engineer, Kimberly, 12 Ffordd Glyn, St Mary's Park, Mold, Flintshire

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