Friday, 13 March 2009

BBG Annual Golf Event – Dubai UAE

By William Franklin, Client Relations Director at Maven Training.

Maven Training was proud to sponsor the 14th Annual British Business Group golf day on 12th March 2009. Held at the internationally acclaimed Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, the scene was set for a combination of excellent golf skills, dramatic scenery and significant networking opportunities – although not necessarily in that order.

With over 140 golfers testing their wit against a challenging course, it encouraged frank exchanges of ideas on the global economic climate, business opportunities and development of new strategic concepts. During these challenging times, it was encouraging to see so many decision makers being frank about their skills and capabilities of dealing with the current trading cycle, willing to offer and receive advice.

From my discussions, I came away with the view that 2009 would remain challenging with the recurrence of growth occurring after the summer of 2010. Just having this common view enables business managers to plan to organisation change and product development and placement with more confidence.

When my questions turned to training needs, very few people took the view that training was not essential in these current times. The biggest concern they had was how to identify what training was relevant, how to justify paying for it (not surprisingly) and when it could be fitted into business as usual. To address these points, Maven Training will be delivering an introductory speak at the next BBG Breakfast meeting on 18th March at the Raffles Hotel and later in April or May at an evening debate. At these events, Maven Training will outline how it is able to assist BBG members in particular with these issues.

To summarise – the business community in Dubai should take heart that there is such a strong network of support and events such as these as invaluable in helping to gain perspective on how 2009 will play out.

Well done BBG!

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