Based between Belfast, London and in the near future - Sydney, Dawson Andrews is a leading provider of digital services, guiding c-level executives and multi-nationals as they navigate through the world of innovation.
Our partnership model allows us to plot a steady, considered course. We are inherently prudent and steady in a time of uncertainty. A trait which is imperative due to the nature of our business of ‘digital innovation’ which is prone to fads, changing trends and buzzwords.
Amongst the flurry of M&A activity within our industry we are committed to remain independent for our partners, staff and clients. As a matter of principle, an operational partner is involved in all projects the company undertakes and always remains available as the primary source of contact to our clients.
Our strategy is guided by a conviction that our success is dependant on providing individuals both internally (staff) and externally (clients) the highest possible level of investment and service.
We are a small firm but a strong network can make the world a small place. We’re proud of our provenance from Belfast, Northern Ireland where we are committed to keeping our headquarters.
Through a satellite office in London and our Sydney office opening in August 2017 we welcome clients and partners from all continents. Technology removes borders, commerce is international and everyone last one of our staff has their ‘go bag’ awaiting the short notice flight.
Below is a look underneath the iceberg of the brand that is Dawson Andrews and the value system that continues to be the pillars upon which we grow our business.
The Old Fashioned Way
While our work is future focused, our values are our inheritance; an inheritance passed down and intrinsic in the men we were privileged to have as grandfathers. If this company has even a glimpse of their character it will go a long way.
Anyone can build a digital product. It takes discipline to build a great product. Discipline says think before you build. Discipline says ask the tough questions, even if it’s going to cost you a day. It says don’t settle for mediocre. It says challenge Goliath even if it scares you. It says we always deliver on time even if that means working fourteen hour days all week.
Prototypes not powerpoints
We don’t believe clients should have to pay for powerpoint updates to keep them happy. It’s an unnecessary bill and a sign of a lack of trust. Instead, we bring clients into the grime of the build showing them every stage as it’s developed, pulling insights from them as we grow. “Show - Don’t Tell” is the broken record motto that echoes throughout the Dawson Andrews office.
Stand by your word
Promise isn’t a word used often in our industry. Dawson Andrews works vigorously to ensure the culture of accountability starts at home with internal operations and naturally feeds into client work. We are not immune to hold ups or unforeseen circumstances but what we do take seriously is ‘planning’ and ‘contingency’ to mitigate any risk against failure to meet deliverables. Our word matters to us and if you receive it you can trust we’ll keep it.
We’re friends first and colleagues second. We’re united in our desire to do incredible work and so having colleagues who you can be completely honest with is fundamental in getting there. Like family, we fight and disagree on a daily basis and it’s one of our greatest strengths. Our employee remuneration packages are far and beyond the industry, our staff turnover is nil and we work continually to nurture this unique culture that we have developed.
Pay top 1%, hire top 1%
Ambition is the one underlying consistency amongst our team. We want our work to make a difference, to challenge industries, to make the front cover of TIME. We understand that if you truly want to achieve such a vision, you need visionaries. Visionaries don’t apply for jobs. They likely have their own ventures. They aren’t cheap. They’re wanted by the largest companies in the world. They’re also crucial to our success. We offer top salaries, incredible flexibility and a remote culture because we know the best in the world aren't always where we are.
Whilst we remain independent The Partners at Dawson Andrews do hold a private, special purpose investment vehicle from which they can pursue other business ventures. This can take the form of joint ventures, revenue shares, equity investments and finally the development of our own products built internally by Dawson Andrews.
Whether it is through risking our own capital, sitting on boards or advising founders we have developed sound business acumen. We speak the language of commerce, we understand the P&L and it is this background that enables us to deliver on our promise that all our work is positively accountable to a business case.
If you wish to discuss or learn more about our ventures please contact Andrew Fulton.