Global HR and Recruitment Consultancy, Beresford Blake Thomas (BBT) Joins Dubai International Financial Centre



BBT adds new office to meet increasing demand for specialist HR services and recruitment support in the region's Banking & Finance sector

Beresford Blake Thomas (BBT), the global human resource (HR) consulting and recruitment company, has been registered as an unregulated company at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). BBT, which is owned by Vedior, one of the world's largest recruitment companies, has been operating in the Middle East region for over three years, from offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and across a range of industry sectors, including Banking & Finance.

BBT took the decision to extend its presence in Dubai in response to the increase in demand from the financial services sector for specialist HR support, particularly in areas such as investment banking, Islamic banking asset management and insurance. The new office in DIFC will be staffed by a team of 10 senior HR consultants, who will offer the full portfolio of BBT’s bespoke HR solutions, including resourcing and consultancy - covering organisation and management development – training and development, and recruitment.

Mr Peter Reynolds, CEO of BBT, comments: “BBT helps organisations to attract, select, retain, motivate, reward, train and develop the right people, to maximize performance and enhance efficiency. We have enjoyed a very successful three years in the UAE and our new DIFC office puts us firmly at the heart of the region’s financial sector hub, which is attracting companies from all over the world. Our global reach and capabilities, and experience in the sector puts us in a strong position to support these companies, which need to attract and retain top talent to compete.

“Our DIFC office will specialize in the Banking and Finance sector and we expect this to operate regionally and in support of our other offices in the UAE,” added Reynolds. “We continue to explore additional opportunities in other gulf countries and expect to open two new offices in the GCC, in 2007.”

Nasser Al Shaali, CEO of the DIFC Authority, welcomed BBT to the DIFC: “As Dubai continues to establish itself as a notable global financial hub, there is an increasing need for skilled resources to support and drive this growth. The number of professionals currently relocating to Dubai and the pool of talent already in existence within the UAE and across the Middle East reflects the need for organizations such as BBT. The success of the DIFC, and the future prosperity of the region, depends on the people who work here, therefore underlining the value of efficient human resources, training and development.”

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