Founder’s Message

A note from the Founder & CEO – David Burns, MBE

The Department of International Trade was involved in setting up commercial advisory offices outside of the UK in British Embassies and High Commissions to facilitate business opportunities.  There is the Scottish Development International office, the Welsh Office and Invest Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, the English (who represent 54% of the UK’s GDP) do not have a specific office anywhere including the UK to represent English Business.  In the Governments export policy document issued in 2019, Dr. Fox clearly stated that he would welcome third party initiatives to help DIT promote exports and attract imports. The English Business Council is exactly that, a third party private initiative currently privately funded.

I set up the English Business Council to address this imbalance and to promote “Made in England” as a stamp of excellence. I want the English Business Council not simply to project values such as professionalism and integrity to the world, but to make them a reality for all our clients, too.

We are a gateway portal to facilitate business opportunities worldwide by providing market intelligence from operators on the ground.

On this website, you’ll get an idea of the services we provide, and I want to emphasize – above all – that we really are here to help. Due to an exceptional outreach to world-class professionals in just about every discipline and industry sector, we have the capacity not only to facilitate your business’s expansion but to inform that move with effective market intelligence – and then to empower your business with tried and tested strategies for growth and market presence. A very warm welcome indeed.”

Setting up the English Business Council was a long-held ambition of David’s during his long business career both in the UAE and elsewhere in Asia.


International Market Research

We help you develop a deep understanding of your ecosystem, to tap your current and target overseas markets for profitable growth. Read more.

Cultural Intelligence

We improve your organization’s cultural intelligence – building a capacity for rewarding relationships that can enhance your business goals and boost negotiation skills. Read more.

Strategic Advice

We help you build and implement the right strategy for taking your business beyond borders with clear, achievable objectives which mitigate risk.

Finding Partners

Marrying the right business partner to grow your organization’s presence and capabilities can be crucial to new market success. We match-make with profitable results.

Marketing Knowledge

A Marketeer’s toolkit is at its most powerful when its tools are used creatively and in the right sequence. We complement your existing teams with international insights.

Corporate Diplomacy

Building long-lasting and profitable relationships in new markets can be difficult. We challenge assumptions about the practices and expectations which get in the way of the best business outcomes – and help you reap the benefits!

The EBC’s associates have many years’ experience working in the UAE in a variety of fields and understand the realities of doing business at the sharp end.

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