View from the Chair - Every Second Counts...

View from the Chair - Every Second Counts...

Date: Wed, 24 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.

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

Thu, 08 Nov, 2018

View from the Chair - Where did the year go ?

Can you believe it’s only six weeks to Christmas?! Our focus now is all about the upcoming festive season, and it’s been a busy few weeks to get us to this point!

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Wed, 24 Oct, 2018

View from the Chair - Building Bridges...

Those of you that have been dedicated in following my weekly ramblings will know that a key focus for our Group has been to strengthen and ‘press the re-set button’ on the relationship between BBG and our British Embassy HMG hosts in the UAE.

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Wed, 24 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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Mon, 22 Oct, 2018

View from the Chair - A warm Great British welcome…

With his feet firmly under the HMCG desk and having been formally presented to his new Diplomatic post, the BBG Dubai & Northern Emirates is pleased to warmly welcome Andrew Jackson to his new post of Her Majesty’s Consul General, at the British Embassy in Dubai.

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Mon, 22 Oct, 2018

View from the Chair - In the family way…

Over the years – particularly from a social perspective – I have often heard the British Business Group Dubai & Northern Emirates being described as a ‘family’. In the context of human society, a family (from the Latin: familia) is a group of people related either by consanguinity (by recognised birth), affinity (by marriage or other relationship), or co-residence (as implied by the etymology of the English word ‘family’).

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