SBJBC UK, a not for profit company representing the UK side of the Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) has reached agreement with Arabian Enterprise Incubators (AEI Saudi) in Riyadh on the delivery of a range of business support services for the benefit of SBJBC members and UK companies entering the Saudi market.

The services are aimed at small and mid-sized UK companies interested in doing business with Saudi Arabia, the UK’s most important market in the Middle East. They include access to quick start/soft landing support for setting up locally, and pre-visit advice leading to a hosted market visit.

The practical support available includes help with getting a Saudi business visa, transport and accommodation arrangements, tailored briefing on local business and cultural norms, hot desk facilities in Riyadh, and access to other vetted professional and legal service providers as needed.

The services will be delivered through AEI Saudi’s Riyadh operations where SBJBC UK has opened an office and appointed a local business development advisor who will work closely with AEI to ensure an efficient service to clients.

Chris Innes-Hopkins, SBJBC UK Executive Director commented that:
“Our new services will complement the support already available to exporters through UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), and the assistance provided through our own unique business networks which include over 100 Saudi and UK members. We look forward to assisting more UK companies to enter the Saudi market in partnership with UKTI, Chambers of Commerce and other service providers”.

Stuart D’Souza, CEO of AEI Saudi, commented:
‘AEI Saudi is delighted to sign this MOU with SBJBC UK. The role of the SBJBC complements AEI and we look forward to welcoming more British companies seeking to do business in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.’

SBJBC UK will be working with Chambers of Commerce and other service providers in Saudi Arabia to give both its members and new exporters maximum in-market assistance and access to business-to-business support networks.