Dubai SME, the agency of the Department of Economic Development, or DED, Government of Dubai, entrusted with the development of the small and medium enterprise, or SME, has signed a partnership agreement with Dun & Bradstreet (South Asia Middle East Ltd) to offer exclusive benefits to the top 100 SMEs in Dubai.

The partnership will entitle companies ranked under the “Dubai SME 100” initiative of Dubai SME to various privileges such as: discounts on D&B credit rating reports, free D&B DUNS Registered Seal (a tool recognised globally for enhancing online credibility and visibility) as well as participation in development workshops that help SMEs improve their credit rating and subsequently, their bankability.

Unlike other rankings which are based mainly or purely on financial indicators, the Dubai SME 100 ranking places a balanced emphasis on financial and non-financial dimensions of enterprise performance and development. The non-financial dimensions cover Innovation, International Orientation, Human Capital Development and Corporate Excellence.

The ranking will also serve as a tool for helping SMEs identify capability gaps for improvement. The ultimate outcome is for Dubai to have more growth-oriented, innovative, capable and sustainable enterprises that can fly the UAE flag high. The ranking methodology was developed by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) for Dubai SME, with SME development as its core guiding block.

Source:  Khaleej Times