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Cats and violins

December 13, 2013

So here we are. The final night of the final trip of 2013. And what a year. We have visited 6 countries, done 18 flights, attended countless meetings and generated some fantastic new business as well as cementing those existing relationships. It has been tiring, stressful but very fulfilling and we will be doing it all over again in 2014.
I am writing this looking out at the corniche in Abu Dhabi. Very nice it is too. If Carlsberg did final hotels to round off a business trip……..

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Abu Dhabi certainly has some great potential for us and will be explored in much greater detail, as will the rest of the UAE. As with the rest of the GCC, education and training are two areas of huge focus and demand, therefore our wonderful services should be in great demand. Based on the conversations I have had, I feel very confident of having a good client base here by the end of 2014.
Trade Missions are always interesting vehicles in which to do business. Great for contacts but I do feel that some people come on these and expect it to be a bit of a jolly. They are not. Please, if you expect to have loads of ‘down time’ and be mollycoddled from the minute you arrive, don’t come. Simple as that. You are using a place that an adult could have taken.
Regarding my current location, I have to say it is simply stunning. This hotel is incredible and thank God we are part of the soft opening otherwise I would be washing dishes to pay for it. The £50k Christmas tree in the lobby says it all.

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I arrive home tomorrow, slightly nervous as to the amount of work we are going to have to do next year, over and above what we already have, but in today’s climate, I am not grumbling. To those who moaned and complained about the intensity of this particular trip, I am sure when you reflect you will realise how beneficial all the meetings were. If you don’t, stay at home and keep stirring the cauldron.
To the St Regis hotel, thank you for your amazing hotel but do us all a favour, change the music around the pool. It sounds like a cat has been trapped in a violin.
To the Training Gateway, the trip was too hectic and no water on the coach nearly killed me. (Joke, but then you already know that). Looking forward to being part of the next one.
Merry Christmas folks.

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An Arabian Odyssey – An 18 day business trip to the Middle East

August 13, 2013


For those of you who don’t know, I am the Managing Director of m2r Ltd and we devote most of our time to working with companies in the Middle East, helping them fill critical roles. I have been traveling, virtually every 4 months to the region to see our clients and of course, drum up new business. Normally I tend to base myself in just one location but this time I decided to ramp things up a little. Below is what I got up to on my travels:

The master plan this time around was to visit 4 countries in 18 days, meeting as many companies as humanly possible and showcasing not only my company but also Wakefield.

On the 25th April, armed with my suitcase, numerous folders, business cards and a bad back, I set off. The bad back was not a planned accompaniment, I hasten to add.

After a 7 hour wait in Dubai airport (exactly the same time as it took to actually fly to Dubai), I arrived at my first destination, Muscat in Oman. This was my first ever visit to Oman and one I was looking forward to. Unfortunately, as well as my unwanted bad back, I also appeared to have brought the UK weather with me. Well, the rain at least.
I had arranged 6 meetings in Muscat, 2 with current clients (our only 2 in Oman) and 4 were new business. However, I always start any business trip with a day off. I land at the beginning of the weekend, giving myself one day to get sorted out. I have learnt from bitter experience that jumping straight into meetings without a day’s preparation and reoccupation is never the best idea.

Muscat Corniche

Muscat Corniche


With typical Middle Eastern hospitality, I was invited to spend my day off with the COO from one of my clients who acted as my tourist guide and showed me around Muscat. I try to make a point of seeing as much of a country as I can, without it turning into a Judith Chalmers holiday programme. As we are in the business of expatriation, I cannot ethically discuss an opportunity in another country if I have never actually been myself. I am asking people to change their whole life and therefore I need to be able to give them as much information as possible. It really amazes me how many organisations who do business overseas never actually bother to meet their clients. If it too much hassle, then seriously, do something else.
Old Muttrah Souk

Old Muttrah Souk


A trick I always use is to start a business trip with a current client meeting, get warmed up first and test the pitch and get some local market knowledge. I always tell them where I am going and whom I am seeing, invariably I will pick up some nuggets and sometimes I can get two or three new meetings from referrals from my first one. I then build up to the really important new business meetings, the ones that can turn a trip from good to great. My first trip to Oman ended up this way.
An Omani fishing village

An Omani fishing village


Oman, like most countries in the GCC are heavily focussed on the nationalisation of jobs and therefore getting expat visas can be difficult. This information is essential for my line of business.
After some exploratory appointments where the aim of the game is to build that new relationship by sitting with decision makers without being too pushy and ‘salesy’, I ended up at my key meeting of my short stint in Oman.

I was told that the Middle East is a ‘village’ and should be viewed as such. This never really struck home until this particular trip. In my final meeting of the day, with another brand new client, it transpired that not five minutes before I turned up, one of their partner companies in Dubai had called and suggested they use m2r for their recruitment. The two on the phone had no idea I was literally walking into the building in Muscat. It was a pure coincidence but fantastic for me. After a great meeting I walked out with a signed agreement, and a raft of positions within oil & gas training. I am a big believer in making your own luck and this was proof. So a great end to the day and set the precedence for the rest of the trip.

Presenting 'Experience Wakefield' to Primedia Oman

Presenting ‘Experience Wakefield’ to Primedia Oman


My initial observation was that Oman, as well as being the most mountainous country in the GCC, is also the most laid back. Driving is not as suicidal as in, say, Saudi Arabia and no one uses their horn. The Omani people are excellent hosts and I can see why the expatriate community love living there.

I left Oman, quickly followed by the rain and headed off to Bahrain, a 90 minute hop. I will certainly be returning to the Sultanate as I see a lot of potential and the feedback I received was extremely positive. Just the effort of travelling 3500 miles to see companies can sometimes secure the business. You then have to deliver.

Bahrain is a country I know very well. I have worked with companies there for the past 5 years and been to the island over 20 times. We handle the recruitment needs for most of the major Bahraini trading families, the Formula One circuit and a couple of 5* hotels and our client list just keeps growing.

Contrary to the international new reports, Bahrain is not a war zone, I didn’t need an escort or a tin hat. In fact I walked around, on my own! With 20 appointments in Bahrain in 4 days and lots of business to be done, it is all go, from dawn til dusk every day, seeing clients, meeting clients socially and of course, pitching for new business. I am pretty well known there and I am glad to say that my reputation does precede me, in a positive manner. I deal with quite a few large Bahraini families and due to the culture, they all know each other and share information. Therefore I have to be careful about delivering a consistently exemplary service as bad news, in such a small island, can travel very fast.

The hospitality I receive from my regular clients in Bahrain always humbles me. Nothing is too much and help is always at hand if I need it. My name is passed around between companies and we receive a lot of business through referrals now. Obviously to get to this level has taken a lot of hard work. This time I was invited to the house of the Chairman of one of the most well respected companies in Bahrain. His house, or should I say, small palace, was incredible. I was treated to a sumptuous meal, wonderful company and at the end a gift as a thank you for the work I had been doing. Most business is done over dinner / drinks so these events for me are treated as an opportunity to really build the bond. In Arabic culture, friendship comes first, then business.

Flooding in Bab el-Bahrain Souk, Bahrain

Flooding in Bab el-Bahrain Souk, Bahrain

I also take gifts for my clients, as a token of gratitude for the business they give me. I know that I have absolutely no right to work with them and our relationship only flourishes due to the service we provide. Why else would a company 3500 miles away give us vacancies when there are local recruiters that they could use? Currently in the Middle East, it is the place where I feel most at home, probably due to the size of the country and the relationships I have developed there. Having lived in Wakefield all my life, I am not a great lover of huge cities and the personalities that invariably end up there.

I left Bahrain after a great four days, my suitcase weight was increasing rapidly due to the gifts I was amassing, from F1 memorabilia to cufflinks and fold up binoculars, hopefully someone would present me with another travel case as a present pretty soon! Thankfully, the rain (which flooded the capital whilst I was there) seemed to have given up following me, my poor back unfortunately made it through immigration. Damn.

Country number 3 was Saudi Arabia. Size of Western Europe, very secretive and a nightmare to get in. Well, by air at least. You can drive to Saudi from Bahrain, across the King Fahd Causeway, a 16 mile long bridge across the Arabian Gulf. In their wisdom, the Saudi government have decided that on a new visa, entry has to be by air. So a 30 minute drive can turn into several hour long trek, of which only 20 minutes is in the air. It took me 2 hours to clear immigration in Dammam Airport, Saudi Arabia. Getting into Saudi through the airport is extremely stressful but my advice for anyone wishing to do business in Saudi is just grin and bear it.

Sofitel Hotel, Al Khobar along side a beautiful mosque

Sofitel Hotel, Al Khobar along side a beautiful mosque

Due to the sheer size of the country and awful traffic, it is difficult to cram lots of meetings into one day. Also, in true Arabian fashion, meetings to tend to get rearranged at the last minute so remember to exercise patience, be flexible and appreciate that this is just how things are done. So, I started my Saudi leg with 5 meetings and ended up with 7. I always make people aware that I will be in a certain place at a certain time and by providing a local number, I invariably get calls from companies wishing to meet me. The local British Embassy Trade Office are a great source of information and I have a good relationship with them, so when a company needs a recruitment firm, I often get passed the details.

Again, Saudi has a tarnished reputation. But this is generally created by people who have never been and base their opinions on one sided journalism and hearsay. I like the Kingdom. It is friendly, crime free and I do not feel threatened or intimidated at all. Admittedly my experience in only of the Eastern Province but it is still more than most people. All the clients I work with are very accommodating and currently, make up around 50% of our overall revenue. Yes, it is a pain to get in and constant follow up is needed but the rewards are amazing.
We work with a large number of companies in Saudi Arabia, mainly in the Eastern Province but also in Riyadh and across in Jeddah. Again, I am always afforded unbelievable hospitality and nothing is too much trouble. Of course, this level of relationship means you have to deliver. No excuses. This time I was taken out for dinner every single night, had 2 lunches in the space of 3 hours and presented with gifts that really drove home the hospitable nature of the Middle East and also how well we are respected by our clients. If it wasn’t for the call to prayer, where everything shuts, I would have received even more gifts. It can get rather embarrassing as our culture is too cynical to accept grand gestures.

Dammam Heritage Village

Dammam Heritage Village


Kabsa anyone?

Kabsa anyone?


By the time I left Saudi, I had picked up work with 2 new clients, confirmed a number of projects with current clients and the vacancy count before arriving in Dubai stood at over 500. So the stress of getting in and constantly chasing clients to reconfirm appointments was certainly worth the effort. Again, leaving Saudi is just as traumatic as arriving. Another 2 hours wasted in immigration, just to leave!

Dubai from the Air

Dubai from the Air


My final stop was Dubai. A total and utter contrast to Saudi Arabia. Bold and brash, Dubai is still a huge draw and thousands of British expats live there. I finished the trip with another 3 meetings, one was a continuation of a meeting in Saudi but this time at the head office. Again, they were very grateful that I had bothered to make the effort.
A perfect representation of all things Dubai.

A perfect representation of all things Dubai.


So, after 18 days, was it worth the effort? My back had been given a state burial somewhere in Saudi, I was exhausted and missing home. The results are below:
• 30 meetings
• 18 days
• 4 countries
• Over 7000 miles travelled
• 40% new business appointments
• Over £200k worth of recruitment projects secured / won

Let’s put it like this – I am back in September to do it all over again…..

Travel the world teaching English!

May 16, 2013

Teach English Overseas!
What is TEFL and Why is it Right For Me?

In contrast to popular opinion TEFL is not a range of non-stick pans, but a qualification that will allow you to teach English abroad. To avoid confusion, TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) can also be referred to as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) – acronyms aside, both result in a qualification that will allow you to boost your CV, learn new skills, and get paid to travel the world!

If you’re new to TEFL, here are answers to some frequently asked questions about the world of teaching English abroad:

Why do I need a TEFL qualification when I already speak English?

You might speak fluent English but what about when a student asks you to explain the rules of the present perfect tense? A TEFL qualification will not only guide you through the tricky bits of English grammar and how to teach it but it is also a requirement demanded by TEFL employers.

Getting involved in TEFL is becoming extremely popular meaning that it is also becoming quite a competitive market. Gone are the days where you can jet-off to an exotic destination and pick up a teaching job no problem, you now need to set yourself apart from the crowd! Many employers (especially those based in Middle East) are now demanding a minimum of 100 hours of TEFL training from a recognised TEFL provider. It’s therefore really important to make sure that you use an established TEFL course provider (look at how long they’ve been in the industry and also their accreditation).

How Can I Get Qualified?

There are three ways to get TEFL qualified – online or classroom-based courses, or a combination of the two.

Why online?
Getting TEFL qualified online means you can study for your TEFL course at a time to suit you, there aren’t any classes to attend or submission deadlines – you can study from anywhere in the world at your own pace! Perfect for a busy student!

Why classroom?

Classroom courses are the best way to put your hard-earned teaching skills into practice! The relaxed atmosphere amongst other TEFL teachers in training acts as a trial run before you get out there and take up your first teaching position.

TEFL is measured in hours; a qualification can therefore be anything from 20 hours to 140 (or more!) meaning you can choose how qualified you are.

Do I need to speak the local language?

This is one of the most commonly asked questions – and the answer is no! Although it might sound like a daunting prospect – moving from your home country where everyone around you speaks a language that you understand – the main aim for English language learners is to be totally immersed in the new language. It also provides YOU with the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new community and culture!

How do I get a job?

Once you’re qualified you can start applying for teaching positions all over the world, including the Middle East. Teaching contracts tend to be from 8 months to a year which you can apply by visiting http://www.m2rglobal.com/, emailing info@m2rglobal.com or calling 0845 3884145.

Which TEFL course provider should I choose?

m2r recommends i-to-i TEFL (based in the UK) and have agreed a rolling 10% discount on all course enrolments via m2r Ltd. Simply visit their site and enter the code M2R when prompted during the checkout process (please note, this code is valid for bookings made online). Click here to get qualified!

• Experience
o Established in 1994, they pioneered the 20hr weekend classroom TEFL course and launched the first ever online TEFL course in 2001; therefore their TEFL qualifications are internationally recognized and respected and if needed they shall be around to re-issue your certificate if you lose it or require additional copies.
• Scale
o They have trained more than 135,000 TEFL teachers since 1994, and approximately 20 TEFL teachers graduate with i-to-i TEFL each day
o They have 65 tutors, each with over 5 years’ experience
• Global Reach
o They provide 20hr weekend classroom courses in 65x cities across 13x countries, including 39x towns and cities across the UK and Ireland.
o They have students from over 100 countries currently taking their online TEFL course
• Accreditation
o All of their TEFL courses are accredited by the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC) and they are an institutional member of IATEFL (Member ID 13848). IATEFL stands for the ‘International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language’
• Social Reach
o Their online ‘Chalkboard Community’ has more than 23,000 members, read other i-to-i TEFL’ers stories and feel free to share your own!

m2r recommends i-to-i TEFL (based in the UK) and have agreed a rolling 10% discount on all course enrolments via m2r Ltd. Simply visit their site and enter the code M2R when prompted during the checkout process (please note, this code is valid for bookings made online). Click here to get qualified!

Finally…why should I TEFL?

Teaching English abroad will really set you apart from other students and graduates when it comes to finding full-time employment after college. Here are a few skills that you’re guaranteed to pick up whilst teaching abroad and that are valued by employers worldwide:

• Management – teaching English abroad and commanding the attention of students will demonstrate that you have leadership skills.
• Patience – this might sound like a silly one – but your ability to see a task through and listen to your students (no matter how many times they ask you the same question) will go a long way for you in the world of work.
• Delivering a lesson – public speaking is one of the most feared activities but after a few months spent delivering lessons you’ll be an absolute expert on the matter!

To find out more about teaching English abroad visit www.onlinetefl.com (don’t forget to enter the offer code M2R during the checkout process to obtain a 10% discount on all TEFL course enrolments).

If I receive another irrelevant CV again……….

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m2r sponsors employee of the year award

June 28, 2012

We were delighted to sponsor this award at the Wakefield District Business Awards held on Tuesday. Take a look:

We win our fourth award!

June 28, 2012

We did it! On the evening of Tuesday 26th June, m2r beat some extremely tough competition to be crowned ‘International Business of the Year, 2012’.

A big thank you goes to all staff at m2r and alll our partners and clients for supporting us over the past year.

Take a look at the moment the winner is announced:

A week in Bahrain – 18th October to 26th October 2010

November 20, 2010

Well, it’s that time again. As you know, I visit Bahrain three times every year to meet new and current clients and gather information on their current jobs in Bahrain and forthcoming vacancies. With our new and innovative low cost recruitment service, this trip was always going to be a bit special. I was not mistaken.

Monday 18th October

Following a BA flight from Manchester via Heathrow, I landed in Bahrain and into heat, humidity and solace. For the first time in my life, my case was the first onto the carousel and therefore I was the first out into Bahrain. After purchasing 8BHD worth of Zain credit I was hoping Martin, my driver, was waiting to meet me. Unfortunately he got his times wrong so I had a wait. Firstly outside but after the humidity began to hit (after 5 minutes) I belonged to the God of aircon. It was great to see Martin, not only because I was tired but because he is a great guy and really looks after me.

I arrived at my hotel, The Gulf Hotel Bahrain and after a speedy check in, I was in my apartment. My home for the week. It may cost a bit more but for ease, hospitality and comfort, I would not stay anywhere else. Oh yes, they are also a client and reciprocal business is never a bad thing.

A pint in Sherlocks and then bed.

Tuesday 19th October

2 meetings today followed by the Bahrain British Business Forum (BBBF) networking lunch. I attend every time I am in Bahrain, it is nice to walk into a venue and be recognised and welcomed. As well as meeting regular faces, I always come away with new contacts which (I hope) will turn into clients. It was mentioned again about honorary membership, I hope this becomes a reality.

The previous meetings were in Manama with one of the major hotel groups and then down to the circuit where I have just placed their new Commercial Director. The hotel is undergoing a major refurb and it was fascinating to see the work and I look forward to see the end result. Bahrain International Circuit, the home of the Bahrain F1 grand prix, is always a pleasure to visit. Being a fan, meetings in Sakhir tower always fill me with pride and I can’t wait for the race in March as I have been given tickets to attend. I feel very proud to receive these and a testament to my hard work. The meeting went well, agreed a new contract and presented a gift to the HR Director as a token of my esteem. I was then provided with transport back into town which I was extremely grateful for.

After the BBBF lunch, I has sufficient time to catch up with events in the UK office before attending ‘Gulf Night Out’ at the Gulf Hotel. I was the guest of the GM and also GM of Gulf Brands International, I was not prepared for the sight in the hotel garden, over 400 people enjoying the fantastic food serves by each of the hotel’s many restaurants and some light hearted entertainment. To round off my first full day, eating excellent food in excellent company, outside in a t-shirt (bear in mind October in the UK is not particularly warm!!) was a delight. After stuffing my face I retired, well aware that I had 7 meetings the following day.

Wednesday 20th October

Yes, you heard right. 7 meetings. Well, the trip is not a holiday. I plan on developing clients in Tahiti by the way…..

First meeting was with an existing client, pitched our online recruitment advertising service (did I mention it is unique to the Middle East?) and it went down very well. I was given some senior vacancies, discussed family and left invigorated and it set the scene for the day. Coming from a cold, rainy climate, it helps when I get the opportunity to work in sunshine and warmth.

Second meeting was new business, a referral which ended with a gift by the CEO and a lift back to my hotel by him also. So, it went pretty well.

After this was lunch at the rather excellent Thai restaurant at the Gulf Hotel, with a client who had organised most of my extracurricular activities in Bahrain. (Cheers Ron.) This was followed by a meeting with the HR Director of the hotel, again, good to put a face to the name, after all, I have placed candidates with him and then some brief chill out time before a do at the British Embassy.

This was the SIG event organised by the BBBF and it was a great event for networking in great surroundings, although it was incredibly humid! Again, the more times I can show my face, the more credible I become. Hence the interview in October’s GFI and agreement of a 12 month contract with Arabian Magazines, courtesy of my good friend, Nick Cooksey.

To round the day off, drinks with the new Commercial Director of Bahrain International Circuit and the new F&B Manager at the Capital Club (both recruited by me). If anyone wants cheetahs at their wedding, ask me. Jamal, sorry!

Thursday 21st October

Final day before the weekend. (For those not in the know, weekends in Bahrain are Friday & Saturday). 5 meetings followed by dinner with a very important client. Already looking forward to my first ever weekend in Bahrain but I have work to do first!

Our unique low cost recruitment service really came into its fore today. ‘Entrepreneurial’, ‘innovative’ and ‘a breath of fresh air’ are just some of the comments made today. I even got a call from the GM of a hotel in Bahrain who had seen my video about the trip, so all in all, a good day.

My first meeting was a referral and I had to sell and maintain credibility in the face of adversity. I came out with an order (not the first of the trip by the way!) and new found respect for recruiters. Why oh why are there companies in my industry that ruin it for the rest of us????

The second, third and fourth were with existing clients, both very very important to me and both general trading families. They appreciated the portfolio that I can put together, all the press cuttings, awards and recognition received for our Middle East work went down really well. If I am not going to shout about our success, who else is? To be fair, I did show our portfolio / brag file in every meeting and it always received the response I was hoping for. It is always nice when clients ask how they can help me in a meeting, it really shows that we have mutual respect.

The final meeting was back at the hotel, relaxed, informal but still productive. I really seem to come into my own when I work in this region, I am not being boastful but my passion is obvious.

Dinner was at Al Arisha, a Lebanese restaurant in Umm Al-Hassan. I have had Lebanese food before but not like this. The atmosphere was relaxed, the food and service was excellent and the company equally as good. I will certainly go there again. If I can find it.

Weekend – hurrah!!!

Friday 22nd October

Now this is a novelty. Being away on business and getting a lie in. After the five hour meal the night before and a rather hectic couple of days, it was needed.

A client and fast becoming a good friend, had arranged for us to go to brunch at the Movenpick, near the airport. To say that I was most looking forward to it was an understatement. Having never been to a brunch before, I was not sure what to expect. I have heard the stories and did not want to become one of them. I was very pleasantly surprised and more to the point were my hosts. If you have never been, then go. They even have Babybel in the cheese room!!!

After bumping into some friends back at the hotel and wondering why there was no football on – it was a bit weird having a weekend on a Friday, it was off to get ready for another do, this time, Wine & Dine at the Gulf Hotel, again as a guest. The star of the evening was Franco Tommasi, Italian vineyard owner and producer of some exquisite wines, located near Verona. Along with him was the Italian Ambassador and his wife and I was privileged to be seated on their table. Surprisingly enough, I enjoyed great wine and great food, the only worry was that bestowed by my belt. A nice end to my first full weekend day in Bahrain.

Saturday 23rd October

Nothing to do today! Now that is a bizarre feeling. So I went to the souk and behaved like a tourist. For the first time since I have been working in Bahrain I have actually been able to properly chill out. It was a great feeling and I was going to take full advantage. The souk is excellent, I really like experiencing the original culture of a place, I cannot get over the fact the people in my industry recruit into a region / country / kingdom and base their knowledge on Google. Well, I suppose this is why we have the clients we have and have won the awards that we have.

A nice day, then a meeting with a client over some drinks, pitched our recruitment advertising service and again, went down well. Back to work tomorrow. On a Sunday. Still feels weird.

Sunday 24th October

Only four meetings today and then dinner with client / friends. However, all the meetings today are new business so I had to make sure that I was firing on all cylinders.

I was thankful for (kind of) having two days off, at least I could recharge. The meetings ranged from full on grillings to a chat, it is the chatty meetings that worry me as you can never gauge how well they have gone. But after three years of recruiting in Bahrain, I would like to think that I am beginning to get a handle on things.

Even when I sat at the wrong table believing the guy was my contact, it was laughed off when in other cultures this would have been a massive faux pas and would have ruined the day.

The meetings went well, generated business through our low cost recruitment service as well as receiving traditional assignments. It seems as if the last three years are beginning to pay off.

Oh and dinner was great. Copper Chimney in Bahrain is great for curry, huge portions and great value for money, I wish I was on commission!!

Monday 25th October

Last day. Boo. Has it been productive? Yes. Final 5 meetings, lunch at the Capital Club and dinner at Sato.

First was with a current client, again I pitched our new service, went down well and our innovation was appreciated. The second meeting was back at the hotel and then the third was across the road from where I had just been. I suspect that my journey planning was not as good as I thought. However, the third meeting was in the most exclusive private club in Bahrain, who are a client. The views are spectacular and I love the whole atmosphere. The new F&B Manager was recruited by me and he treated me to lunch, beautiful venison burgers coupled with that view, an excellent combination. It was a shame that I had to cancel my next meeting due to time, Shariq, my apologies once more.

The last two meetings were with the same client, quite fitting as they had really looked after me during my visit. I was presented with a gift and the opportunity to see how much I knew about their team, talk about being on the spot! Thankfully I guessed right, much to my delight / amazement / relief!

So, all that was left now was to check out. Not quite.

I had recently placed the new Assistant Bar Manager at the Margarita Mexicana and I had to go and say hello before I left. He treated me to some potent but tasty cocktails before I headed to Sato for a farewell dinner. Now I have had Teppanyaki in the UK but this was something else. A fitting send off.

After my final sumptuous meal of a busy week, it was to the airport where I discovered that copies of the October issue of GFI were in the Dilmun Lounge. So, I proceeded to open some of the copies to the page which had my full page article, including photo, just to see if I got any acknowledgement from my fellow would be passengers. I didn’t by the way.

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Well, that’s it.

The guys in Sherlocks think I am a regular. There are now 2 books on Wakefield sitting on coffee tables in Bahrain and our profile continues to grow.

Another week done, next trip Jan, then March, then October etc etc etc. Long may the adventure continue.

munir@m2rglobal.com

Call us for vacancies in Bahrain!

November 9, 2010