- Oneworld Ltd launches citizenship and residency website
- GFH sponsors sixth annual GCC Financial Forum in the Kingdom of Bahrain
- EIBFS reports record number of participants in 2016
- UAE food sector, rising prices and increased demand–Euler Hermes
- Moody's: Morocco's Ba1 rating changed to positive from stable
- Investcorp expands real estate portfolio with $400 million Investment in the US
- Middle East Investment Conference discusses geopolitical situation and VAT
- UAE MoF adopts electric-powered vehicles
- DIB distributes 45 fils per share as cash dividend for 2016
- Moody's: Banking System Outlook–Pakistan
Seduction for SMEs - attracting private equity
How to write a business plan
Your business plan is a living road to success so if you want to still be open for business in 12 months' time you'd better have a good one!
Taking care of business
For a vulnerable SME, the slightest unforeseen knock could mean going under - something business insurance could help avoid. Andrew Cole of Prosperity…
To the max: the case for business cards
More banks are pitching business credit cards to the SME sector - should you be in a hurry to ditch cash and cheques or is plastic not always so fantastic?
FXTM analysis–Greenback higher, but no incentives for big moves
After a muted trading session on Monday due to the US holiday, writes Hussein Sayed, Chief Market Strategist at FXTM, the dollar is finally showing signs of strength in early Asian trade as investors…
The pros and cons of debt financing
In the early stages of development, firms need cash to sustain and/or build their business and the financing your company needs depends on the requirements you have, according…
FXTM Analysis–dollar Index looks at risk to falling back below 100
The weakness in the Dollar is providing the platform for strength across the majority of its major trading partners with the Euro, Japanese Yen, British Pound and Swiss Franc,…
Technology: does it hinder or help creativity?
Alexander Rauser, Chief Executive Officer, Prototype considers one of the most commonly asked questions–has technology affected our creativity?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,…
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.
Abdul Nazeer, CEO, Bebuzzd, asks how brand loyalty can increase consumer engagement in our rapidly-evolving digital world.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
By automating early, businesses can focus on expansion an increase demand quickly, which is especially beneficial for e-commerce start-ups, according to Frédéric…
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.
Happiness: serious business
Workers in the UAE cite work as being their largest obstacle to well-being, though measurements taken by the Government and companies can solve this.
Remote working solutions
While working remotely may seem like an obvious solution to finding a work-life balance, the pros and cons have to be weighed up carefully.
Working professionals across the UAE have expressed…
Islamic finance for SMEs
While small businesses have traditionally had to rely on conventional financing, recent efforts by Islamic banks have started to make Shari’ah-compliant products viable…
Links in the supply chain
Regional experts consider the advantage of using SMEs in an organisation’s supply chain, in light of the opportunities presented by mega events, such as Expo 2020 Dubai.…
Abdulwahab Al Mutawa, Board Member & CEO of Al Mal Investment (K.P.S.C.), has a strategy to keep Al Mal Investment performing well in spite of challenges facing the sector.
Ali Al Sayed
Dubomedy is all about allowing aspiring comics the platform to develop comedy as an art form within the Middle East.
I was always into break…