- UAE Ministry of Finance organises workshops on practical applications of the bankruptcy laws
- OPEC and non-OPEC producers’ agreement for extension signals higher migration in oil prices
- Saudi Arabian Ministry of Commerce seizes fake printing supplies for HP printers
- Saudi first quarter deficit narrows, some allowance cuts reversed, says Fitch
- Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank celebrates UAE National graduates from its leadership programmes
- Dubai Chamber workshop provides clarity on UAE Commercial Companies Law
- Gatehouse Bank appoints Charles Haresnape as new CEO
- Bank Muscat supports forum on GCC economies in post-oil era
- Noor Bank marks participation at bonds, loans & Sukuk Middle East 2017
- Mashreq Bank first bank in Middle East to join SWIFT gpi
Hatching healthy SMEs
SME Evolution is here
Keeping up with the Joneses
Franchising is a great way to start a business says the man bringing gourmet chain 'jones the grocer' to the Middle East.
Strata Law and SME property owners
Explained - the impact of the new Strata Law in Dubai if you have commercial property in a jointly-owned building.
How hackers get into your bank account
Hacking the banks provides cyber criminals with big bucks - here's how they get into your bank account and how you can stop them from doing so.
After 20 years of sketching and planning his dream restaurant, Umut Özkanca has finally opened it.
Rüya, a Turkish restaurant…
France 'En Marche' but will the markets?
More disruptive characters take to the political stage, according to Gary Dugan, CIO, Emirates NBD.
Beauty by botany
Rahul Agarwal left his career as an accountant to enter the personal care industry with a reasonably priced product, despite warnings of stiff competition from…
Upskill rather than downsize in a challenging economic climate
In today’s challenging global economic climate, businesses around the world, and here in the UAE, are having to make some tough decisions, where downsizing…
How to boost sales during low periods
With Ramadan and summer approaching and a seasonal commercial lull expected for many organisations, Spencer Lodge, founder of makeithappen, explains how organisations…
UK economy to face uncertainty for at least two years
The cloud of uncertainty hanging over the British economy will not lift until March 2019 at the earliest, according to Linda Yueh, Adjunct Professor of Economics at…
The value of education
Despite the business landscape allowing young entrepreneurs to pursue their ideas and passions with little-to-no higher education, ICON Founder, Salma Sakhnini…
Pay people properly
As companies try to manage their budgets in the current economic climate, underpaying their staff could cost them in the long run.
In a survey conducted…
How Ramadan will affect business operations in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia
A recent statement by Saudi Arabian business support service provider, Proven SA, laid out the do’s and don’ts of working in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan.
Time for a holiday!
With the rapidly growing travel sector in the Middle East, HolidayME was developed to allow customers to create tailor-made holiday packages at competitive rates.…
The customer is always right
In an increasingly competitive business environment, SME owners have to focus on customer retention if they want to see their businesses survive .…
Setting up the board
Setting up a board of directors allows SMEs to put formal structures of corporate governance in place while having access to expert advice.
Three steps to start building your personal brand
In the age of the influencer, organisations are now represented not just through advertising and promotions, but through each of the personalities they employ, according to Shamim Kassibawi,…
The positive impact of cultural events on the art economy
As the UAE’s private and public sector seek innovative ways in which to engage with the art industry to enrich and strengthen communities, it is vital to assess the impact…
Spotlight on Saudi
As Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 looks to wean the Kingdom off its dependence on hydrocarbons, the focus is now on developing the private sector.
Let it go!
Warsha Joshi at Platinum VA explores the reasons why owners struggle to delegate and how to overcome that fear.
Five tips to survive and thrive
Shamim Kassibawi, Managing Director of Spread Communications, and MENA CEO of The SMC Group, offers tips on how entrepreneurs can make the most of the ups…
The greatest trades are those that take advantage of mispriced assets and illiquidity. As we head into 2017’s second quarter, it increasingly appears as if the European instability narrative…
Five lessons for leaders in turbulent times
London Business School’s Adjunct Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Dominic Houlder and Executive Fellow of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Nandu Nandkishore…
Seven finance predictions for 2017
If 2016 has taught us anything, it’s that making predictions is an inexact science, according to Steve Cox, Vice President, Oracle ERP and EPM Cloud Go-to-Market.
There is much that has…
Out with the old
Steve Currie, Taskgate advises companies holding fast to outdated employment models not to ignore the rising trend of flexible working conditions.
Commodities lower as funds scale out
The Opec/non-Opec summit in Kuwait will doubtlessly see officials attempting some verbal intervention, but crude's fundamentals remain challenging, according toTips to avoid penalty headaches on Dubai's mandatory health coverage
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…
Five benefits social media influencers bring to SMEs
There is a common misconception that to market your brand you need to have a big budget, according to Maurice Hamilton, Global CEO at The SMC Group.
Gone are those days when…
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.
Do…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,…