Winners of the Gulf Capital SMEinfo Awards 2013Categories recognising businesses
Gulf Capital Business of the Year
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Awards Ceremony details
The Awards presentation and gala dinner will take place on Wednesday, 6th November 2013 at the Joharah Ballroom, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai. To download the Table Booking Form, please fill in the short form below.
Meet the Judges
Thank you to all our judges for taking the time to judge the Gulf Capital SMEinfo Awards. The below video is the highlights of the 2nd stage of judging where our finalists came face to face with the judges to present their entry!
Essam Omran Disi
Senior Manager of Strategy and Policy, Dubai SME
Essam Disi at present is the Senior Manager of Strategy and Policy at Dubai SME, a government agency under the Department of Economic Development (DED)
We are proud to be working with the Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and Dubai SME to recognise the success of SMEs in the UAE. We hope that these important Partnerships will help to foster entrepreneurship and growth in the SME business sector.
We look forward to working with our Endorsing Partners to recognise innovation, success and business growth in SMEs in the UAE.
Khalifa Fund was launched on 3 June 2007 to help develop local enterprises, with a total capital investment of AED 1 billion. The Fund aims to create a new generation of Emirati entrepreneurs by instilling and enriching the culture of investment amongst young people, as well as supporting and developing small to medium-sized investments in the Emirate.
Khalifa Fund provides integrated and comprehensive programmes to meet the needs and requirements of investors seeking to establish or expand investments.
Through efforts to create a favourable investment environment and strengthen the capacity of potential investors, the Fund began to develop a system of support services for entrepreneurs, including training, development, data and consulting services, in addition to a number of marketing-focused initiatives.
The Fund also provides financing solutions for viable projects, which help to feed the national economy. These financing programmes are Khutwa, Bedaya and Zeyada, which cover all project segments.
In addition, there are a number of other initiatives such as Sougha for heritage handicrafts, Al Radda for rehabilitation centre inmates and Ishraq, for those who have recovered from an addiction at the National Centre for Rehabilitation. Amal is a Khalifa Fund initiative that aims to target special-needs Emiratis.
To lead entrepreneurship development and to facilitate the growth of competitive SMEs.
To fuel an entrepreneurial culture, drive innovation and sustainable growth of Emirati SMEs that contribute to the social and economic development of Abu Dhabi, by providing access to services and financing, and by facilitating an SME-friendly environment.
Quality Service Delivery - We will meet in every reasonable way our customers', partners' and stakeholders' requirements and expectations.
Leadership - We will strive to be visionary and mission-oriented, and to be the leading one-stop-agency in the provision and delivery of entrepreneurship development initiatives and programmes.
Employees' Development - We will develop, train and support a high quality and dedicated pool of staff, treating them with respect, and empowering them to deliver work and service excellence.
Integrity - We will apply the highest standards of governance - legally, ethically, and morally - in our work and service. We remain transparent and accountable to our stakeholders and those we serve.
Operational Excellence - We will constantly review our procedures and processes, diligently pursuing improvements within every facet of our services, so as to be effective and operate at the highest efficiency levels, with the available resources at our disposal.
Teamwork - We value teamwork and will strive to establish lasting collaborations with stakeholders and partners through fair dealing and effective communication for our mutual benefit.
strong>Corporate Social Responsibility - We will promote the vitality, enterprise and welfare of the communities in which we serve, so as to contribute to the wellbeing and growth of UAE society.
Dubai SME is proud to support the Gulf Capital SMEinfo Awards which recognises SMEs in the UAE for their business success, innovation and growth. These SMEs have achieved significant milestones at their stage of development and deserves our recognition to spur them to greater heights. We hope that the awards will encourage more SMEs to upgrade substantively their leadership, people management, innovation and operational capabilities, and be the best in their market niche and industry.
Established in 2010, The Public Relations Company (TPRC) is a Dubai-based boutique agency specializing in Traditional PR and Digital Media. We deliver strategic PR campaigns with high and measurable impact by combining local, cultural knowledge, with international best practice.
We at TPRC believe that visibility and awareness should be accessible and affordable to all organizations - be they a budding boutique or a multi-million dollar firm. TPRC has the right combination of skill and expertise to help clients break through the clutter and create a memorable brand amongst the media and consumers at large.
We cover a range of services from press release development to crisis planning and event management for our clients depending on their requirements. What sets us apart from other public relations agencies is that we understand that every firm is unique and, thus, requires a unique approach with tailor-made solutions.
TPRC has represented clients across a wide spectrum of industries including entertainment, motoring, construction & real estate, fashion & lifestyle, oil & gas, CSR, defense, technology, sports, law, beauty & wellness, music, retail, and food & beverage. Our clients include: Pirelli, Clarion Events Middle East, Honda, Google, Mom Souq, Marami and many more. www.tprc.ae
The Arab Business Club is the platform where ideas meet investment and all cultural, social and lingual barriers are eliminated in order to pave the way for business to flourish between the Arab business community and the rest of the world. Since its inception in 2008, the Arab Business Club has been governed by its core values; they define the character of our Company and they serve your business needs. Arab Business Club strives to promote and strengthen business relationships built on trust and transparency among various business professionals and takes down barriers between business people of different nationalities.
Explorer is an independent content agency that specialises in creating engaging content including text, mapping, photography, video and audio. With 20 years experience, our award winning team of writers, cartographers, photographers, designers and digital experts make it their mission to provide unique content and a fresh perspective to our customers, whether corporate or consumer. For more information log on to www.askexplorer.com
Sport360 is the leading sports information and news provider in the Middle East. With its daily newspaper and Weekend edition, Sport360 reaches out to all sports fans in the UAE and provides them with all the latest news and results, as well as key lifestyle and business of sport features. Its estimated 123,000 readers per day enjoy a depth and breadth of content unmatched in the region, which is assembled by a team of specialists in football, cricket, golf, tennis, motorsport, horseracing, sailing, and much more.
Sport360's digital platforms have also attracted sports enthusiasts from around the GCC and MENA region, thanks to the www.sport360.com website, social media channels and smart phone applications
The UK Trade and Investment team at the British Embassy in Dubai offers a range of services for British companies who want to trade with the UAE, set up here, or expand into the wider region. Those services include the Overseas Market Introduction Service that can provide market research or an introduction to contacts in specific business sectors, and support for companies attending exhibitions here. Through our Britain in the Region Coordination Team we can help British companies who wish to reach out from the UAE into the wider region.
YaDig is the Middle East's largest reviewing community. We are part social network, part review-based website, all you. We give power and a voice to the customer that before was not possible. We alert you to the type of places you'll dig and save you from the disappointment of the ones you won't. You can join in the fun too and tell people about the places you love and not so much. Stay up to date, win prizes for being active in the community and eventually get discounts at the places you love too.
Heels & Deals was set up 4 years ago to meet the needs of female entrepreneurs within the UAE. Since then the network has grown from strength to strength and we are now recognised as the premier network for female entrepreneurs in the UAE.
Our vision is to empower female owned businesses to become more successful and as well as increase the number of female entrepreneurs. In turn this will help empower more females financially, generate employment opportunities and create more stable and sustainable economies. Our platform will achieve this vision by connecting members with other like-minded women, providing inspiration, offering education opportunities, providing promotional tools, creating a supportive environment.
Mompreneurs Middle East is an online platform by momsouq.com enabling mother entrepreneurs to network with each other by creating their own profiles and participating in open discussions. Mompreneurs can learn from established business experts and participate at regular events like Mompreneur Meet-Ups and Mompreneur Markets to successfully build their businesses.
Gulf Capital, the Leading Alternative Asset Manager in the Middle East
About Gulf Capital
Gulf Capital is a leading alternative asset management firm. Its investors are focused primarily on investing capital in the GCC region. Incorporated in Abu Dhabi in 2006 as a Private Joint Stock Company, Gulf Capital was established with a capital base of AED 1.225 billion from 300 of the most prestigious institutional and individual investors in the Gulf. Gulf Capital investors are focused on acquiring sizeable and majority stakes in highly profitable and rapidly growing companies within a select number of fast-growing industries in the GCC region. Gulf Capital expanded its alternative asset management platform by entering into the real estate development arena in a joint-venture with the Related Companies, the most prominent US real estate developer, to form Gulf Related. The Firm also launched a Credit and Mezzanine Business to meet the financing needs of fast growing companies across the region. With its private equity, real estate and credit initiatives, Gulf Capital is today one of the largest alternative asset managers in the Middle East. Gulf Capital was received the "Best Private Equity Firm in the Middle East" Award by Banker Middle East Magazine in 2011 and 2012. The Firm was also named as the best "Investment Company of the Year" at Arabian Business Achievement Awards in November 2012.
Q&A with Gulf Capital, Dr. Karim El Solh
How does Gulf Capital support SMEs in the UAE?
Gulf Capital, one of the largest alternative investment firms in the Middle East, is actively involved in financing and investing in SMEs in the UAE and across the GCC. It offers promising young companies growth capital to fund their expansion and evolution by investing in their equity.
Equity investments are conducted through Gulf Capital's $533 million Private Equity fund, GC Equity Partners II. Gulf Capital is also able to provide much needed liquidity and debt financing through its recently announced $300 million Credit and Mezzanine Fund. Young companies requiring debt financing but without any considerable collateral to be eligible for bank loans can apply for credit financing and growth capital from Gulf Capital's Credit fund. Whether through debt or equity financing, Gulf Capital is able to support the growth of promising SMEs in the region.
How many UAE SMEs does the company currently hold a private equity stake in, and what stage of the business are they at?
Gulf Capital owns stakes in over a dozen companies through both its Private Equity and Credit arms. Typically, Gulf Capital decides to back promising SMEs when they reach a certain stage of maturity and critical mass. The Firm is more focused on growth capital at this stage, although plans for a venture capital arm may materialize at a later stage.
What attributes does Gulf Capital look for in an SME before deciding to invest in it?
Gulf Capital invests in people first and foremost. The ability for a solid management team to execute an ambitious expansion plan is primordial. The business proposition has to be appealing as well, with a differentiated offering, limited competition and significant upside. Last but not least, the industry of choice has to have significant upside and growth potential in the medium and long term. The choice of the right industry and management team are two of the most critical success factors.
MasterCard (NYSE:MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. It operate the world's fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard's products and solutions make everyday commerce activities - such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances - easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news.
With a 300-year heritage, RSA is one of the world's leading multinational insurance groups. Today, we employ around 23,000 people, serving 17 million customers in around 140 countries. Our focus on general insurance delivers strong, profitable performance, even in the most challenging market conditions. For example, RSA recorded net written premiums worth £8.4 billion in 2012.
Awarded as the General Insurer for the Year, four times in a row, RSA's UAE operation is the largest within the Middle East. The company's personal insurance range offers solutions for motor, home, travel, golf, yacht, personal accident and medical. The UAE commercial product portfolio, on the other hand, spans a range of insurance solutions for small and mid-market sectors to large and complex risks.
RSA's Business Comprehensive Policy offers a packaged insurance solution to SMEs that can be tailored to suit the customers' needs and offers a quick, uncomplicated and hassle-free insurance policy with a prompt and efficient handling of claims.
Regus is the world's largest provider of flexible workplaces, with products and services ranging from fully equipped offices to professional meeting rooms, business lounges and the world's largest network of video communication studios. Regus enables people to work their way, whether it's from home, on the road or from an office. Customers such as Google, GlaxoSmithKline, and Nokia join hundreds of thousands of growing small and medium businesses that benefit from outsourcing their office and workplace needs to Regus, allowing them to focus on their core activities.
Over 1.3million customers a day benefit from Regus facilities spread across a global footprint of more than 1,500 locations in 600 cities and 100 countries, which allow individuals and companies to work wherever, however and whenever they want to. Regus was founded in Brussels, Belgium in 1989, is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Regus has more than 30 prime locations in the Middle East, including 6 centres I Dubai and 5 in Abu Dhabi.
For more information please visit: www.regus.ae
Grant Thornton UAE is one of the leading service providers for growth-based organisations across the Emirates. With its long-standing local knowledge dating back to 1966 the firm is well placed to make a real difference to businesses across the wider region.
As a member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd (GTIL) the firm offers access to the knowledge and experience of more than 35,000 people in over 100 countries. Member firms of GTIL offer assurance, tax and specialist advisory services to privately held businesses and public interest entities.
Grant Thornton is the perfect partner for organisations that are ambitious and want to grow, that are going through change and that need advice and support, because Grant Thornton too shares the characteristics of ambition and dynamism.
The Partners and staff of the firm work with clients to understand their business strategy and stakeholder objectives, before developing solutions that are meaningful and actionable. The firm offers an approach which is tailor-made to dynamic businesses; it has designed and developed methodologies and services which support businesses to unlock their potential for growth.
Through empowered client service teams, approachable partners and shorter decision-making chains, the firm offers a wider point of view and operates in a way that is as fast and agile as its clients.
The firm is already servicing some of the largest dynamic businesses within the UAE, so with its international reach, depth and expertise of the larger firms and the personal attention, value for money and relationship approach of a distinctive firm it is fast becoming the leader of choice for dynamic businesses within the UAE.
For more information please visit: www.grantthornton.ae
DHL - The Logistics company for the world
DHL is the global market leader in the logistics industry and "The Logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international express, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation, contract logistics and international mail services to its customers. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and about 285,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2012.
For more information please visit: www.dhl.co.ae
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