View from the Chair - Looking back, moving forward: Your BBG Town Hall 2018
I was honoured to accept the Chair position for the British Business Group Dubai & Northern Emirates in May of last year on a clear mandate from our voting members to make significant changes to our group. These changes - needing immediate investment for the future - were to be undertaken by the excellent Committee I had inherited to lead/guide. With a Group this good we were in good shape to succeed. I hope you agree that we have - there may be more to do but we’re on the right track...
For the first time in BBG history, on Friday 26th January 2018, we hosted our first Burns Night event. We were delighted to welcome over 260 guests, including fellow members, collaegues and friends. Scots and non-Scots alike came together in the gardens of Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel to celebrate a true institution of Scottish life – the life and works of national poet, Robert Burns - a key event for the culture and tradition of Scots everywhere.
Over the last few months since taking the Chair of the British Business Group Dubai & Northern Emirates, it has struck me how much of an appetitive there is for collaboration in so many areas. We are not an island - we are are highly successful business-to-business forum seeking to maintain and deliver tangible benefits between members.