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First British Business graduates from incubator to join UAE Market

Mary Gober International becomes the first company to graduate from the British Centres for Business in Dubai.

Director of Middle East Division at Mary Gober International, Tim Baird and CEO of the British Centres for Business (BCB), Joe Hepworth
Director of Middle East Division at Mary Gober International, Tim Baird and CEO of the British Centres for Business (BCB), Joe Hepworth

Mary Gober International (MGI) - a world leader in helping organisations improve performance - has become the first company to graduate from the British Centres for Business (BCB) in Dubai.

The BCB is the incubator which provides operational support and market entry services in the UAE to British companies.

Working closely with local government in Dubai, the BCB have developed a unique platform that allows British firms quick, cost-effective and efficient market entry which enables them to operate, fully licensed, under its aegis for a maximum of 12 months whilst they pursue business development opportunities and better understand their companies’ long-term corporate positioning in the region.

Commenting on this achievement, Director of Middle East Division at Mary Gober International, Tim Baird said:

What a privilege it’s been for Mary Gober International to be the first to take part in the British Centres for Business ‘Incubation’ scheme. The BCB’s support has allowed us to focus on business development opportunities and reach a position of strength while keeping costs low and making sure we are following the correct procedures and requirements. We are delighted to be the first to graduate, spread our wings and forge an even greater presence in Dubai and the Middle East.

The Chief Executive Officer of the British Centres for Business (BCB), Joe Hepworth said:

It’s a big milestone for the BCB having our first client company graduate from the incubator. We wish MGI all the best as they continue to grow in the UAE and thank the Department of Economic Development in Dubai again for their continued support helping us to operate this unique trade development platform for British SMEs.

The UK Deputy Consul General and Head of UK Trade and Investment at the British Embassy in Dubai Ian Gibbons said:

This is further testimony to the dynamic business relationship between the UK and the UAE. The continuous cooperation between UK Trade & Investment and the British Centres for Business (BCB) on one side, and the support provided by the Department of Economic Development in Dubai on the other side, further strengthens prosperity in both countries. We wish Mary Gober International continued success in the UAE and look forward to working with the BCB to help more British companies enjoy similar success.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The British Centres for Business (BCB) is a member of the Overseas Business Network Initiative, created by the British Chambers of Commerce and UK Trade & Investment, working together to create an international business network, providing practical support for UK exporters and is a strategic partner of the Department of Economic Development in Dubai. For more information about BCB, please visit: www.bcbuae.com

  2. UKTIUK Trade & Investment is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit www.gov.uk/ukti

  3. Photo: Director of Middle East Division at Mary Gober International, Tim Baird and CEO of the British Centres for Business (BCB), Joe Hepworth

Published 1 September 2015