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Getting loans for business set-up and expansion can be one of the toughest challenges faced by SMEs here in the UAE, as discussed in one of our Focus Group breakfasts last month.

Likewise, governments and financial organizations here understand that and as a result, the Financial community was urged to do more to help small businesses at the Abu Dhabi Entrepreneurship Forum Tuesday.  #Loans

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/economics/khalifa-fund-chief-urges-uae-banks-to-do-more-to-help-small-businesses
Abdulla Al Darmaki, the chief executive of Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development, urges financial institutions to do more to promote small businesses.
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“We need to encourage ventures to respond to the requirement of our times and globalisation,” urged Sheikh Nahyan at the Abu Dhabi Entrepreneurship Forum on Monday. #entrepreneurship   

http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/economics/uae-entrepreneurs-urged-to-think-global-in-their-products
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak has called on UAE entrepreneurs to think of the bigger picture. Their products should include a global dimension that supports expansion of their businesses into international markets.
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When we have an idea in our minds, we think: “Hey I’ll buy or subscribe to that, and so will everybody else”. But to ensure the success of a business that improves people’s lives, key areas need to be assessed, says Manar Al Hinai, award-winning Emirati writer and fashion designer.

Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/the-life/you-can-change-the-world-when-you-start-a-business
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OnBoarders, unlike the usual BBG Networking evening, is a low key event that is free to BBG members, specifically aimed at new members and those who want to dip their toe in the networking water. This is a great get together even if you have been a member for a while and are not sure how, when, or why to attend networking events. It is also an excellent opportunity to meet those who have recently joined the BBG community. 

Members of the BBG office team, Committee and Focus Chairs will be present to introduce themselves, chat and answer any questions you may have about how to make the most of your membership.

For registration and more information visit this link: http://bbg.olasoft.com/viewEvent.html;JSESSIONID=D48F25763F9F49F967B49194296553BB?no_header=true&productId=7760 
OnBoarders - New Members Networking
Sun, October 6, 2013, 6:30 PM GMT+4
McGettigan's DWTC

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BBG member company, Biz-Group, which is a business strategy, training and corporate firm, was named the number one UAE Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to work for at the GPTW 'Top SMEs to Work for in the UAE' awards ceremony in Dubai. 

Proud moment for Biz-Group and the BBG Dubai indeed.

More: http://gulfnews.com/business/general/top-uae-smes-to-work-for-revealed-1.1237568
Biz-group have taken out an inaugural list of top SME companies to work for in the UAE
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Coming Soon: The Annual BBG Member Survey

As part of our ongoing commitment to deliver best value to our members, the BBG is keen to gain your feedback on the Group and its activities through the annual member survey. The survey will take no more than five to ten minutes and we value every member’s input to ensure they are part of a proactive, productive BBG community. #Survey  
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Raindrops keep falling on my head...

It seems these days you can’t pick up a magazine without seeing an article talking about the ‘cloud’. What is this cloud? Where is it and why are people talking about it? If you don’t think this ‘cloud’ has anything to do with you....think again.

Abdel Wahed Bendaoua, Google's Head of Enterprise Business for EMEA Emerging Markets believes all SMEs can grow their brands and businesses to the next level through cloud technology. 

His "Google Apps for SMEs" presentation discusses the latest Google applications available for SMEs and offers a high-level ‘jargon-free’ overview of cloud technologies delivering increased start-up market growth potential.

Visit the link for more details: http://bbg.olasoft.com/viewEvent.html;JSESSIONID=65718F62F58CD6234556055BB198EADE?no_header=true&productId=7814 
BBG Focus Dinner: Google Apps for SMEs
Wed, October 2, 2013, 7:30 PM GMT+4
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Shaikh Mohammed tours Cityscape Global 2013 http://ktimes.co/-he45

#Dubai #AbuDhabi #UAE #World  
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New Quiz | Title: Dunkin' Donuts
Ready... Set... Go...!
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Reminder | Google Dinner 
Don't forget to tune in at our twitter page @ 7.30 tonight for Live tweets coming in from the "Google Apps for SMEs" speech by Abdel Wahed Bendaoua at Mina A' Salam, Madinat Jumeriah. For those who are coming, see you at the #BBGdinner  
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According to the Reputation Institute that surveyed 18,000 respondents last year, Dubai came on top of the cities to invest in. This position makes Dubai the strongest contender to host Expo 2020. #TopCities  

http://gulfnews.com/business/general/dubai-is-world-s-best-city-to-invest-1.1237413#.UkpnkUl-zqo.twitter
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The BBG breakfast on 23 September 2013 featured Minster of State for Trade & Investment, Lord Stephen Green, discuss the vision and implementation phase of launching British Business Centres (BBCs) in UAE and the region. Various members of the local media attended to cover the exclusive BBG Breakfast hosting Lord Green — at Jumeirah Emirates Towers.
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The British Business Group, Dubai & Northern Emirates, more usually known as the BBG, was set up in 1987 to encourage the development of British business in the UAE. It undertakes a wide range of activities from communicating with decision makers to sharing best business practice and arranging networking events for its members.