Innovation and Collaboration in Cambridgeshire

May 2013

Acknowledging the role they have to play in the current economic climate, a Small Medium Enterprises (SME) Working Group that centres around Electronic Warfare (EW), gathered for innovative and collaborative discussions on 24 April 2013.  The event was hosted in St Neots, Cambridgeshire by MASS, an Electronic Warfare (EW) and Secure Information Systems company.

The guest speaker for the day was David Gigg, from the Office of the Crown Representative for SMEs, who spoke on his role in the Cabinet Office.  Other presentations were given, including one from Dr Anne Linley from the Natural Environment Research Council about the opportunities for SMEs in the civil maritime sector.  During the day the attendees discussed topics ranging from unmanned aerial systems to cyber security.  There was also a presentation on SIMIAN, a real-time interactive simulator that can be used in experimentation and for teaching EW tactics and countermeasures that has been developed by MASS.

Ashley Lane, Managing Director of MASS, said “The Government has identified the SME sector as crucial to the revitalisation of the UK economy.  It is important that SMEs have the opportunity to come together, share information and interact with guest speakers who appreciate the benefit of engaging with a group of like-minded SMEs.”

Russell Searle, Chairman of the EW SME working group said “Often constrained by resources in general and time in particular, the EW SME community gains real benefit from this vibrant and expanding group.  The access we gain to high calibre and influential speakers, the networking, the relationships and trust so formed, all combine to make meetings very popular with our members.  It also allows the group a wider, more credible, co-ordinated voice with the MoD and prime contractors”.

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