South-east Asia's SMEs poised for growth

They can better harness tech to expand and innovate while tapping support networks

All giants grow from humble beginnings. Legend, formed in 1984 with US$3,800, is today's Lenovo, a US$32 billion (S$43 billion) Chinese multinational IT organisation.

Achieving such spectacular growth is not easy, particularly in today's rapidly changing operating environment. Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are often constrained by resources, securing growth arguably requires more agility and innovation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2018, with the headline 'S-E Asia's SMEs poised for growth'. Print Edition | Subscribe