View from the Chair - Every Second Counts...

Date: Tue, 05 Feb, 2019

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.

This model is built solely on feedback from members, former members, potential members and all of our other stakeholders. Many thanks go to our strategy partner, Barclays, whose support during the 11 month in-depth strategy review and implementation process has resulted in us now being fully prepared for the road ahead.

The four key tenets of our strategy moving forward are:
Value Proposition: How we enable you, our members, to succeed in business – through unique early access to business opportunities and market intelligence, as well as key decision makers and our partnership with HM Government.
Membership Engagement: A fit-for-purpose business team resource for the go-to business group in the region, with a clear member benefits package, and flexible and attractive pricing.
Collaboration: The essence of our strategy through to 2021 and beyond is about widening the stakeholder group, for events, intelligence and opportunities, whilst firmly aligning with HMG regional strategy to promote British business.
Operational Excellence: As a not-for-profit business group, we want to ensure the most efficient delivery of initiatives, services, and support to fulfil member requirements.

Our #member4member campaign really kicks in now. The benefit(s) of being a member will be just that! The highlights of which include early access opportunities, market intelligence and bespoke value-add events – along with a smattering of social to sooth our minds! Still looking for more? Take a look at the top ten member benefits listed here, as identified by you – our members!

A great example of the social element of our Group, and of our strategic pillar of collaboraton, is our Battle of the Business Councils Golf Day taking place right now! We currently have well over a hundred players out on the fairway of Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, and many more due to arrive this evening for the celebrations afterwards! Our BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates team is battling against our greatest collaboration partner, BBG Abu Dhabi, as well as teams from American Business CouncilAustralian Business Council and the Canadian Business Council, and we wish them the best of luck! Special thanks to our pearl sponsor and sponsor of the fabulous Greg Norman shirts this year, JacksonMSV, as well as event partners Barclays, Emirates, Pro Partner Group, Jumeirah Group, Virtuzone, DSV Global Transport & Logistics, Getty Images, IP Global, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, MMI, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, and Ego Digital Marketing for all of their support.

So, your administrative board, business team and supporting partners such as Samantha Dancy of Footstep Communications are poised to help you, whether as an individual or company member, to reap real, relevant and tangible benefits from your membership. We know that time is your most precious commodity, and that there is tough competition for it, and we are therefore determined to make every second count.

Between now and the end of this calendar year we enjoy the company of Farah Flisher (formerly of Barclays, and the project manager who has been assisting the business team during the strategy review and implementation process) to lead and enhance our business team and recruit for a newly created position of General Manager for the group moving forward. Further to my message of last week concerning the departure of Joanne Laverty from the business team, I would like to reiterate my personal thanks and appreciation – and that on behalf of all members – for the great work she undertook with such positivity and enthusiasm over the past few years. We wish her well for future endeavours – who knows, maybe a BBG member company will be fortunate enough to secure her services in the future.

Well that’s it from me this month as we hurtle into an amazing Q4 of events - including a GITEX briefing, networking with Scottish Development International, our new Great British BBQ (one not to miss!), a business briefing with HM Ambassador Patrick Moody, an ADIPEC briefing, and of course our annual grand year finale – the Great British Christmas Ball. All of these, in addition to the ongoing and ever-popular networking evenings, are great opportunities to build and develop your networks, and I would encourage you to spare some of that precious time to join us!

I hope to see you soon, have a great weekend

John MSV
Chairman, BBG Dubai and Northern Emirates

Sun, 21 Jul, 2019

View from the Chair - No Summer Slowdown here!

If you are reading this in Dubai, then it would be impossible not to realise that yes, Summer really is here! With the soaring temperatures and suffocating humidity it’s no wonder that so many British expats leave in their 1000s for cooler climates in July and August. Many would confess to believing that business slows down in these months but we can confirm, from our own observations at the BBG, that this is certainly not the case this year!

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Tue, 09 Jul, 2019

A very warm welcome to the British Business Group!

We are a not-for-profit business group open to UK registered companies or individuals from the UK with existing or potential business interests in Dubai and the Northern Emirates. Our aim is to provide our members with early access to relevant opportunities and regional market intelligence. We also host an average of 60 networking and thought leadership events every year. We welcome all companies and individuals from the UK with business interests in Dubai and Northern Emirates to join us.

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Thu, 20 Jun, 2019

View from the Chair - AGM Observations

There’s nothing like an AGM to focus the mind! A time for reflection and to understand where we are, where we have been and where we are going. With the greatest of thanks to our members, sponsors, annual partners and of course our dedicated members of the board, we are in a position of great opportunity and I’d like to share my own observations of our 31st BBG AGM!

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Thu, 16 May, 2019

Ramadan Mubarak!

This year marks my 21st Ramadan as a resident of Dubai. At whatever the time of year this holiest of months falls, it strikes me how friends, family and colleagues of all denominations find time to catch up, chat, compliment each other and generally reflect on the blessings we are all bestowed with.

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Wed, 03 Apr, 2019

That weather conversation

One thing we Brits are GREAT at is icebreaking every meeting and interaction with a bit of weather chat.

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