For UK enquiries, please contact:
Chris Innes-Hopkins - UK Executive Director, SBJBC
c/o British Expertise
10 Grosvenor Gardens
For Saudi enquiries, please contact:
Abdul-Karim Yaquob - Executive Director, SBJBC
c/o Council of Saudi Chambers
The Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC) was established in 1999 through an agreement between the then Committee for Middle East Trade and the Council of Saudi Chambers. It is a private sector led body, which aims to strengthen business relations between the UK and Saudi Arabia. The UK Co-Chair is Rt Hon Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, and the Saudi Co-Chair is Sheikh Nasser Almutawa. The Council’s membership comprises senior British and Saudi business representatives.
The UK Secretariat of the Council (SBJBC UK) is co-located with British Expertise in London, and established as a company limited by guarantee. The Council of Saudi Chambers provides the Saudi Secretariat. The Council’s principal objects are:
to develop and enhance relations at all levels between the business communities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom
to promote, facilitate and develop private sector commerce and business activity between companies incorporated in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom in cooperation with the Co-Chairs and members of the Council
to communicate with the authorities in both the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom with the aim of improving business to business cooperation between the two countries
to assist through its good offices in settling commercial disputes between parties from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom
to facilitate training, technology transfer and knowledge exchange between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom
to promote business and partnership opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, particularly for small and medium sized enterprises.
The Council has recently established a number of joint working groups in Education, Healthcare, PPP, SMEs and Offset and meets formally at least twice a year in addition to informal meetings. It works closely with both governments and other trade associations in pursuit of its objectives, and is a partner in UKTI’s Strengthening Overseas Business Networks Initiative.