One thing we Brits are GREAT at is icebreaking every meeting and interaction with a bit of weather chat.
The last couple of weeks have given us plenty of material. Rain, thunder and lightning interspersed with a couple of sand storms. Natural weather? Seeding of clouds? Theories and opinions abound. This all seems to be mirroring the climate in the UK Parliament and Downing Street when it comes to Brexit. Additionally, according to various reports, at least one million people recently took to the streets to make their voices heard. However, we must remember that Brexit gives us, Brits abroad and back home, opportunities to explore a more innovative trading and service delivery approach.
This was very evident at our packed Ambassador series briefing when we hosted Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq, Jon Wilks CMG, Director of Department of International Trade Iraq, Bev Simpson, and International Trade Advisor, Ali Aziz, along with more than 60 members and guests to hear about the burgeoning opportunities for British business in Iraq and discuss the various supply chain opportunities for British businesses across all sectors in the region. Our speakers have very generously agreed to share their report with all who are interested so for your copy, please reach out to Pamela Ferrie on the Business Team on firstname.lastname@example.org
April 1st marked the start of our own, and many members’, new financial year so I take this opportunity to wish all these members the greatest success during the 2019/20 Financial Year and remind you that it is not only Group’s pleasure, but also our duty and, in fact, our actual raison d'être, to support you in any way we can. Interesting fact: April 1st is also the venerable Feast of St.Valery! No comments, thank you...
I am happy to report that we have received resounding positive feedback from both speakers and guests who attended our inaugural Member Spotlight last month. This is an event that quite literally, because they have to stand under it (no pressure!), shines the spotlight on up to four of our SME members (Eurotek, BioClad, Langpros Legal Translation and there is no spoon) by giving them the opportunity to present their companies to guests in no more than three minutes. In conjunction with the New Member Profile initiative through which we share our new members’ details with the entire BBG membership, we are seeing more real, tangible business successes.
Rounding off on a very positive note, I am proud to share that our #member4member offers are picking up as members share not only more offers with each other, but offers of greater value. For example recent sponsor of our Annual Golf Day and newly joined member, Platinum Heritage, are offering Ramadan booking complimentary ‘add ons’ with a value of between AED 3,000 and AED 8,750 depending on the package booked. Le Meridian Al Aqah, a long-standing member representing the Northern Emirate of Fujairah, is offering rates of AED 199+++ for our members to enjoy a family staycation at their fantastic resort before the heat sets in.
A full summary of all member offers is available online in the Membership drop down menu under Member Offers, note that Members must be logged in to view this page. You will find that some offers require proof of membership upon booking, so if you don’t have your membership card please get in touch with the Business Team who will issue one for you.
As always, if you have any feedback on our activities and initiatives, any suggestions or any #member4member offers, please do get in touch with the Business Team who are ready, willing and very able to help.
Thanks for reading and for your continued support.
Catch up soon,
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!
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.
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!
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.