A networking event for businesses was held at the Arab British Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday 6th March. It attracted upwards of 100 attendees comprising ABCC members and non-member companies along with diplomats and others interested in pursuing the business advantages of Arab-British collaboration.
Participants were welcomed to the Chamber by Mr Bandar Ali Reda, the new Secretary General and CEO of the Arab British Chamber of Commerce. After briefly introducing himself, Mr Ali Reda indicated his interest in listening to the members and made himself available to meet them during the reception. Mr Abdeslam El-Idrissi, Deputy Secretary General and CEO, ABCC, opened the proceedings with a briefing on the latest developments in the Arab markets and highlighted the various business support services available through the Chamber.
The main programme consisted of presentations by ABCC members whose representatives were given the floor to make a five-minute pitch on behalf of their company. The participants were AchieveForum Middle East; SAUDIA; Doyle Clayton Solicitors, Taylor Howes Designs; Notable Notaries Ltd; Trowers & Hamlins; VG; National Philanthropic Trust UK and Health Matters (UK) Limited.
Speakers remained on hand to answer the audience’s questions that ranged widely over current projects, the potential for advantageous collaboration and the growing opportunities in the Arab markets. Mr El-Idrissi closed the formal part of the programme by flagging up the Chamber’s forthcoming events including the Arab British Economic Summit which he encouraged everyone to attend. Discussions were continued during the reception that followed the formal programme.