Sunday 16, October 2016    |   Empowering the GCC business vision

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  • 12    Improving the Bank-SME relationship

    Philippe Fanjere, VP Europe, Middle East and Africa, Maestrano, looks at how innovations in ICT could allow the region’s banks to become trusted…

  • 26    Show me the money!

    It is important for a business owner to consider when and how to raise capital, and with the final draft of the bankruptcy law finalised, their options…

  • 38    The art of being social

    Ashwin Gedam, Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, Xpress Money and Maan Dalghan, PR Director, Quill Communications, look at how SMEs…

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    The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according to

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    An unintended consequence of mandatory health insurance has been the commoditization of health plans, according to Tarek Bayaa, Chief Commercial Officer at Bayzat.

    What was once seen as…

  • From bricks to clicks: ecommerce survival guide

    Google reveals E-commerce success mantra at Retail Leaders Circle MENA. 

    MENA has a population of over 300 million and is one of the most digitally advanced…

  • IMF: OPEC’s rebalancing act

    In November 2014, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) decided to maintain output despite a perceived global glut of oil. The result was a steep decline in price.

  • Leading with vision

    There have been a number of research studies that show that most people do not work to their full potential, and a leader has to push develop and enhance potential by creating conditions where all…

  • Personalisation engines

    SMEs can use the technology of personalisation engines to leverage their business, according to Profusion’s Guy Marson.

    Driving around the…

  • Customise my crib

    Dala Farouki Kakos created MISK Nursery in order to offer mothers-to-be beautiful furniture that can become family heirlooms.

    MISK Nursery, an online store supplying…

  • Inspiration is everywhere

    Sara Al Madani has rebuilt her brand from scratch, become the youngest board member of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is working towards helping start-ups avoid…

  • Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report: classic attack vectors re-emerge;

    According to the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR), over one-third of organisations that experienced a breach in 2016 reported substantial customer, opportunity and revenue loss…

  • Take advantage of technology

    Saad Umerani, Chief Operating Officer, ValuStrat, considers how SMEs can utilise technology to stay relevant in the market.

    Before discussing how SMEs should leverage technology,…

  • Treading water

    While GCC countries have had to reduce spending and diversify their revenue streams, SMEs need to stay competitive in the current economic climate, according to Abdulla Al…

  • A taxing matter

    With the implementation of the GCC VAT set to take place on 1 January 2018, experts advise businesses, and SMEs, how to prepare.

    In an effort to…

  • UAE country focus

    The UAE is expected to show steady growth in 2017 due to the Government’s continued efforts to develop its non-hydrocarbon economy and support the private sector.

  • FXTM Analysis- Great! #Dow20K, shall we jump in?

    FXTM Chief Market Strategist, Hussein Sayed, comments on the Dow Jones Industrial average finally broke above 20,000 on Wednesday.


  • Disrupted by Deliveroo

    Deliveroo epitomises how a start-up can identify a market gap, address it, and grow consistently, outpacing its competitors.

    Deliveroo, a technology…

  • Estate planning for non-Muslim SME owners

    Sean Hird, Director, DIFC Wills & Probate Registry, discusses how foreign-owned SME business owners in Dubai can secure the future of their businesses.


  • Connected coalition

    Abdul Nazeer, CEO, Bebuzzd, asks how brand loyalty can increase consumer engagement in our rapidly-evolving digital world.


  • Encouraging entrepreneurship

    Jarmo Kotilaine, Chief Economic Advisor, Bahrain Economic Development Board, discusses the economic potential of supporting SMEs in the GCC.


  • The exit: a seller's perspective

    Selling a business doesn’t have to be difficult, provided the right steps are followed, advises Bobby Rhakit, CEO, Inside Consulting Partners.


  • Five tips for an organised new year

    Shelina Jokhiya, Managing Director, Decluttrme, gives tips on how to kick off a clutter-free 2017.

    Figure out what is not working

  • Six technology trends that SMEs should watch out for in 2017

    Sage, a market leader in Cloud accounting software, has predicted that chatbots, collective intelligence and blockchain are some of the big technology trends that will change the way entrepreneurs…

  • How to successfully implement change in your business

    Mike Hoff, Certified Gazelles International Coach and Founder & CEO of MHC offers five ways a company can make a smooth transition.
    When the nature of a business evolves or the structure needs…

  • SMEs supported by SOHAR

    SOHAR Port and Freezone focuses on building Oman’s SME sector, while strengthening ties with Iran and Saudi Arabia, according to CEO, Mark Geilenkirchen.


  • Flowers by the boxful

    When Priya Jelly opened her floral boutique, she wanted to set it apart by lending a touch of Parisienne elegance.

    Maison des Fleurs, a home-grown,…

  • Get to Govinda's

    The home-grown restaurant has been catering to vegetarians since 2001, and recently opened its second branch and expanded its menu to cater to vegans as well.


  • Strategy execution: the holy grail of business

    Cedar Chairman, Sanjiv Anand discusses his latest business title Execution Excellence: Making Strategy Work Using the Balanced Scorecard.

    Tell us about your latest book, Execution…

  • Navigating the threat landscape

    As cybercriminals develop more sophisticated malware, it is imperative for SMEs to ensure they put proper safety measures in place.

    In October this year, cybersecurity…

  • Ride on!

    In spite of investors’ general disinterest in social business, the Charicycles co-founders have continued to focus their business on giving back to the community.

  • Outsource your IT

    SMEs with limited resources can save costs and tap into up-to-date solutions by outsourcing their IT requirements.

    Outsourcing is estimated to be…

  • PR trends that brands shouldn't ignore in 2017

    Time runs fast, and as many other things Public Relations and the overall way of communication have gone through an amazing transformation over the past years, according…

  • Branding trends businesses should consider in 2017

    The year has been dynamic, unforgettable and a remarkable break from past norms: from Brexit, US elections, distrust of mainstream media, Pokémon-mania, and the rise of augmented reality sparking…

  • Now hiring!

    As countries within the MENA region are expected to hire new staff, contributing experts give insight into finding the right candidate, first time.

    A recent survey…

  • Keeping up with Qatar

    In spite of low oil prices, Qatar’s non-hydrocarbon sector continues to strengthen while the Government places more focus on developing and supporting SMEs.


  • Digital developments

    Bhairav Trivedi, Group CEO, Network International, discusses the evolution of the payment space and how technology is driving change.

    Network International was…

  • In 2017: one good and two bad news for the world economy

    By Christopher Dembik, Head of Macro Analysis, Saxo Bank"There are two types of problems in life, political problems that are insoluble and economic problems that are incomprehensible", according…

  • Roy Nouhra

    The Finance Chair of the Entrepreneurs' Organization UAE made the necessary changes to his career when stress started to make his health suffer.


  • What is an SME?

    It is now more important than ever to define SMEs, because businesses in certain categories will not benefit from the effects of the new insolvency law, according to Mazen…

  • Building a business

    Not doing a complete analysis of your own business, as well as that of competitors, can have dire consequences, warns Andrew Prince of DeVere Acuma.


  • Kick-starting an SME Public Relations Campaign

    While larger corporations may use PR agencies regularly, Ian Saldanha of Procre8 explains how SMEs can use them too.

    Public relations has long been an essential…

  • Five tips to choose the right consultancy

    When hiring an external consultant, and Nayef Shahin, Partner at METIS Management Consultancy advises which qualities SME owners should look for.

    Fresh perspective

  • The golden triangle

    Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Abu Dhabi provides a detailed explanation of UAE’s new insolvency laws and how it relates to the Commercial Companies Law and the Competition…

  • Jo Cole Photography

    Behind the scenes with Jo Jobling, Owner, Jo Cole Photography.

    What are the benefits and drawbacks of owning your own business?

  • Safety layers in the cloud

    A multi-layer approach cloud security can mitigate the fears of an organisation that has not yet made the move, explains Scott Montgomery, Vice President and Chief Technology…

  • Automated growth

    By automating early, businesses can focus on expansion an increase demand quickly, which is especially beneficial for e-commerce start-ups, according to Frédéric…

  • Bloomin’ gorgeous

    Kanta Jethwani, CEO, Bloom Aesthetic and Laser Clinic, talks about setting up her clinic in the same area as her competitors and making it thrive.


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