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With better access to VCs, banks can help UAE SMEs

07 Jul 2014

Easier access to venture capital (VC) can improve the business environment for UAE SMEs, says Hisham Farouk, managing partner at Grant Thornton.

Exports boost to global growth

24 Jun 2014

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) has uncovered an unprecedented boost in plans to increase exports, driving levels of business optimism to record highs. The growth in business optimism is particularly high in Europe and North America, and seems to be driven by increasing export growth expectations. The findings highlight the ongoing need for policymakers to work together to lower trade barriers and foster business environments which encourage cross-border activity and bolster the global recovery.

Economic optimism in the UAE is the highest since 2010

12 May 2014

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a survey of more than 3,300 businesses in 45 economies, reveals a spring surge in business optimism, with all global regions marching in step, despite a slow sign of growth in some emerging economies.

Two in five businesses open to outsourcing

08 May 2014

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveals that two in five business leaders globally either currently (or plan to) use outsource back office processes. The cost savings and process efficiencies outsourcing can provide are recognised across the world, although some business leaders remain reluctant to lose control of a key process.

Economic optimism highest since 2007

24 Apr 2014

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR), a survey of more than 3,300 businesses in 45 economies, reveals a spring surge in business optimism, with all global regions marching in step, despite a slowing of growth in some emerging economies.

Grant Thornton wins international recognition

18 Apr 2014

Grant Thornton has been named the International Accounting Bulletin's 'Network of the Year' at an award ceremony held in London.

A defining period for UAE capital markets

07 Apr 2014

The UAE economy is set to grow with significant pace in 2014 due to an overall positive outlook for sustainable growth, and with investors’ confidence building momentum. The UAE is particularly noted for having the dynamism of the west whilst maintaining the culture of the east.

Hisham Farouk is the right-hand man for Dubai families

02 Apr 2014

The managing partner of Grant Thornton, the international accounting and consulting firm, Mr Farouk and his company have been in the country since before independence.

Dynamic businesses explore new opportunities

26 Mar 2014

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) reveals that global M&A activity has risen from this time last year, with dynamic businesses – the fastest growing, most agile companies in the survey – leading the way. The results confirm that leaders of the world's most progressive businesses view acquisitions as an important means to supplement and boost their existing operations.

The rise of the female CEO

24 Mar 2014

New research from the Grant Thornton International Business Report (IBR) has revealed that while the overall proportion of women in senior business roles around the world has stalled, the proportion of female CEOs is on the rise. The research also shows a consistently high proportion of women in the role of CFO over the last few years, hinting at a link between the two, with more women making the well-travelled journey from running the finance department to running the company.