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Corporate Governance

What you need to know before considering listing

Choosing qualified advisors, increasing visibility levels and having a good corporate governance are some of the key issues companies need to look at before going public As the feel good factor has returned to many sectors of the UAE economy, more SMEs are busy preparing for expansion by considering the option of raising capital on a stock exchange. An overall …

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Developing a culture of good governance

John Merrigan offers some tips to fine tune the soft skills of governance, and successfully stay focused on track The world of business is littered with stories of corporations collapsing or losing millions of dollars due to the failure of their governance systems through fraud, bad risk management and poor decision-making.  Yet, almost always their company websites and annual reports …

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Strong business plan, fundamental for good governance

A comprehensive business plan is essential to value a business for sale, to attract new partners and to seek external finance. John Merrigan lists down the basic elements that go into making a perfect business plan. Every organisation will have its own format and process for producing an annual business plan. The purpose of this article is to provide some …

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Survival of the smartest

Save before hand for a rainy day, make sure you have recruited the right people for key jobs and carry out adequate market research to understand what your stakeholders want. Mark Fisher tells you how to make your business survive and prosper. One-third of small businesses fail before they are two years old, according to the Small Business Administration in …

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Corporate governance: Worth your time and money

Big or small, corporate governance is for all businesses and all those who think it does not add any value to a company have got it completely wrong. John Merrigan discusses some pertinent concerns.  BLURB: Corporate Governance is a proven tool to manage risk that will give peace of mind.  It will provide comfort and attract prospective investors or lenders …

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Survival of the smartest

Save before hand for a rainy day, make sure you have recruited the right people for key jobs and carry out adequate market research to understand what your stakeholders want. Mark Fisher tells you how to survive and prosper BLURB: With Dubai’s business climate in better shape than for many years, the prospects for SMEs are looking good. Many will …

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Reflections on past: New year, new beginnings

As we head into a new year, it’s mandatory for businesses to review some commercial basics that are often lost in the day-to-day struggles of the business, advises John Merrigan. My challenge for SME business owners or managers is to take time out to address three questions connected with corporate governance. Answered honestly and in-depth, these can provide a powerful spur …

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The biggest blunders, bad business ideas

Mark Fisher outlines seven corporate governance mistakes that can kill any start-up.  Brilliant businessmen can be impatient of rules and process. They get so carried away by the adrenalin of their ideas and ambitions that they sometimes neglect to create the structures that are needed to maintain success, once it has been achieved. They fail, in other words, to get their company’s corporate governance right. Below are seven mistakes that entrepreneurs make far …

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