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View from the Chair - It’s coming home....

View from the Chair - It’s coming home....

Date: Thu, 12 Jul, 2018

View from the Chair - It’s coming home....

A dangerous title to this week’s message as I write it between the glory of Saturday’s group of 16 FIFA World Cup Quarter Finals and the unknown but passionate hope of Wednesday’s Semi- Final between England and Croatia.

Oh well, sometimes we need to take a calculated risk! As this is due to be posted on Thursday morning, I will add a caveat to my title choice by saying - many of you are coming/going home over the Summer - safe travels one and all!

Despite our team also coming and going over the last week or so, I am pleased to update you on the traction and hard work being put in by the BBG business team (aka operations) since the recent group strategy day. One initiative that has been launched over the last week is the introduction of a new membership category – Membership Lite.

We want to ensure that you – our members – have more flexibility in terms of membership options. We recognise that there is a need to expand our solutions beyond simply individuals and businesses. The first step has been to open up a tailored solution for businesses with less than 20 employees – Business Lite. Stay tuned to see how the rest of our membership categories will evolve over the coming months.

At the same time this week, we have introduced a special summer promotion for membership which sees the joining fee waived for all new members signing before 30th September, and which also offers a discounted membership rate of AED 2,500 for Business membership (includes 2 members), AED 1,500 for Business Lite (including 1 member) and AED 699 for Individual membership. For more details and to take advantage of this limited time offer, please visit bbgdubai.org


Please pass this deal on to like-minded professionals who want to be part of the region’s go-to business group, a group that truly enables members to succeed. All they need to do is to contact the business team on 04 3970303 or by emailing info@bbgdxb.com

Another one of our initiatives for summer - and beyond - is to remind all those with a Business (company) membership, that all of their employees are now entitled to be treated as ‘members’ too, so they can attend any of our events at any time for the member rate. ‘Why restrict our membership base?’ was a consistent question asked during the member engagement programme undertaken over the last year, and it was a valid point. The more we engage, the more we have to share, and in turn, the more our valuable sponsors and partners are able to support us and add even more value.

These new initiatives are just the tip of the iceberg following our strategy day, and even during the holiday season the business team are working hard to cement additional initiatives and value for you – our members.

I’m now back in town for the summer myself and look forward to meeting many of you at upcoming events - both social and business – and will continue to keep updating you of our progress.

So whether it’s coming home or you’re going home - let’s enjoy!


John MSV

Wed, 10 Oct, 2018

View from the Chair - Every Second Counts...

It’s been a busy month for the BBG team! On October 1st, as promised, your administrative board, along with focus chairs Terry Willis and Caroline Rowe, met to review and launch our Group’s new operating model.

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Tue, 11 Sep, 2018

View from the Chair - And We’re Off...

We promised a cracking start to the business event season and it has certainly been that. This feedback is already telling your business team that the mix and balance between business and social appears to be just right.

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Thu, 06 Sep, 2018

View from the Chair - Mind the Gap .......

I start this post by apologising for those of you who hang on my every word, week on week!(?)

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Sun, 26 Aug, 2018

View from the Chair - Off the Grid...

I shared some views on ‘family’ last week and the importance of our group - not just from a business perspective - in remembering and helping our friends and peers who may not be that fortunate in having theirs nearby.

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Sun, 26 Aug, 2018

View from the Chair - Celebrating Diversity and Achievement...

“Here we go” I hear you say. “What now from the stereotypical, grey haired, white male from the main office?!”

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