February 21 2015 | Khaleej Times
The Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) hosted a delegation of business women from the UK as part of the trade mission of the UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) group on Monday, 16 February. The two sides held a meeting during which they discussed promising business opportunities, as well as the proper working environment and facilities provided to businesswomen in the Emirate of Sharjah and the UAE.Held at SBWC\'s headquarters in the Executive Office of the wife of His Highness, the Ruler of Sharjah, the meeting was attended by Ameera Binkaram, Chairperson of the SBWC, and a number of SBWC members, as well as Teresa Tideman, Mission Leader and CEO of Jacques Vert, Karen Williams, Deputy Director of UKTI, along with other experienced British businesswomen and directors.During the conference, SBWC Chairperson Ameera Binkaram called attention to the projects and activities undertaken by the Council with view to enhance the work situation for women in Sharjah.She noted: that \"These ventures would not have materialized without the immense support of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and His Wife Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Honorary Patron of Sharjah Businesswomen Council, in addition to the overall positive atmosphere and supportive environment provided by the UAE in this regard.\"\"The UAE has steadily become one of the most influential countries in the world with regards to women in business through offering professional women the ideal platform and opportunities to start, grow and expand their businesses,\" BinKaram said. The SBWC chairperson added: \"Meeting with an elite group of British businesswomen today grants us a valuable opportunity to engage with like-minded successful female professionals, to explore new arenas for cooperation between both sides and further attract more UK businesswomen to Sharjah, and also to create partnerships that allow Sharjah businesswomen to expand their businesses in the UK.\"Teresa Tideman, leader of the UK Mission to Dubai, expressed her confidence in the success of the meeting. \"Our aim today, and our goal for the future, is to ensure a win; a win for each and every active member of the business world.\" Teresa continued: \"The positive response and insightful market information imparted at the \'Women in Business Mission\' further confirms the potential of a strong and successful long-lasting business relationship between Sharjah and UK businesswomen, which will in turn strengthen the market sector for both the UAE and the UK.\" Karen Williams, the Deputy Director of the UK Trade & Investment, who also delivered a welcome note at the event said: \"It has been an absolute pleasure and honour to attend this significant meeting alongside other professional members of this calibre, which has offered us the salient opportunity to engage and share opinions and identify the needs of businesswomen in Sharjah to forge partnerships with their counterparts in the UK, and explore business opportunities available for British business women in Sharjah and the UAE and build long-lasting business relationships.\"The meeting also touched on success stories of partnerships by both UK and UAE business women and the benefits of case studies and opportunities. Among the successful examples was the working relationship between Sanofi Aventis and MBS with their MoU on Talent Management, whose partnership has led to the provisioning of educational services to Sanofi.Both the British and the Emirati businesswomen presented briefs about their businesses during the event, investigating the areas of possible cooperation and collaboration as they demonstrated great enthusiasm for sharing knowledge, experience and for positioning the proper mechanisms to develop bilateral business relations and skills.During their astute presentation, the UKTI team discussed research reports using Organizational Memory Information Systems (OMIS), trade- and inwards missions, High Value Programmes (HVPs), ministerial visits, partnerships through business opportunities, and how to identify the needs of local organisations to partner with the UK.They examined the value of posting business opportunities on the UKTI website, of signposting interested UK companies to the local companies, as well as the importance of ensuring that the business situation is a victory for both parties.