Wednesday 16, February 2011    |   Empowering the GCC business vision

Hatching healthy SMEs

  • 26    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.

  • 32    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.

  • 46    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.

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  • 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,…

  • 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.

    When…

  • 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.

    Despite…

  • 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.

    Bloom…

  • 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.

    Around 42…

  • 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.

  • Innovative investment

    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.

    Do…

  • 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…

  • Restructuring debt in the UAE

    Since the bankruptcy law’s publication in the Official Gazette, regional experts explain how the courts can manage the restructuring procedures.

  • Working legally in the UAE

    Hiring foreigners can be fraught with difficulties, but these can be sidestepped with the right knowledge, according to Louise Collins of Fragomen Worldwide.

  • Breaking barriers

    GCC SMEs can grow by utilising the logistics industry and contribute to the economic growth of their respective economies, according to Nour Suliman, Chief Executive Officer, DHL…

  • Secrets to start up success

    Starting a business can be made more bearable by following these tips by Andrea Haupts, Chief Operating Officer, Phanes Group.

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  • Overly organic

    Ghanim Al Sulaiti, Founder, Evergreen Organics, talks about the challenges starting a vegan café in Qatar, while trying to find the right suppliers.

    The…

  • Love me tender

    With both Dubai Expo 2020 and 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar fast approaching with both events calling on SMEs to apply for tender opportunities, certain requirements have to be…

  • 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 can use social…

  • Body beautiful

    Jenny Whitehorn, Marketing Director EMEA, The Body Shop, talks about building business partnerships, valuing people, and not compromising business values.

    The…

  • Cowabunga!

    Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products are looking at developing localised content for its TV channels and its products in conjunction with its expansion in the Middle East region.

  • 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 will potentially increase.

  • Public domain

    Steven Drake, PwC Middle East Partner and Capital Markets Leader and Mazen Boustany, Partner at Baker & McKenzie Habib Al Mulla, discuss what a business owner should consider when weighing…

  • Relief as Commercial Companies Law deadline extended

    Saad Maniar, Managing Partner, Crowe Horwath UAE, advises businesses to take advantage of the extension period to…

  • 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 advisors to its…

  • Family-owned businesses called on to back SMEs

    Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO, Dubai SME, discusses how the private sector can play a role in building smaller businesses.

    SMEs are still subject to substantial financial,…

  • Viva, LINKVIVA

    Niousha Ehsan, CEO, LINKVIVA, talks about the value of a business coach, nurturing her team, and winning the Most Improved Company category at the FinanceME

  • Flexibly organised

    Leon Machenaud, Brand Manager at interior design company Ethan Allen UAE, discusses Moonrise Kingdom, teleportation, and adapting his leadership style to each individual.

    What…

  • Big, fat, Greek restaurant

    Andres Gonzalez, General Manager of Fast Casual division at Foodmark talks about bringing the US-based Greek brand, GRK Fresh Greek, to the GCC, adapting the menu and dining…

  • Filling the skills gap

    Omaira Al Olama, Managing Director, ALF Administration, discusses the skills gap experienced by UAE nationals and how the quota system does not work.

    Emirati's…

  • Driving sales

    Saygin Yalcin, CEO and Founder of SellAnyCar.com discusses creating one of the largest online platforms to streamline the process of buying and selling vehicles.

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