Headed up by experienced business man Muhannad I. Ziyadah, the UAE opening will be the first in the region for the small and medium sized business experts.

The timing couldn’t be better, with an estimated 22,000 new SMEs launched in Dubai in 2015 alone.

Dubai SME, part of the Emirates’ Department of Economic Development, estimates the number of small and medium-sized businesses jumped by 18 per cent last year compared to 2014.

Rod Davies, co-founder Business Doctors, said: “When we met Muhanned, we knew right away that we had found our perfect advocate in United Arab Emirates.

“His mix of experience within both family businesses and larger companies combined with a keen entrepreneurial drive means he has much to offer Dubai’s burgeoning start up community.”

Muhanned said: “When I discovered Business Doctors, I found a perfect fit for my skills and experience and was delighted that they felt the same way too.

“I am very much looking forward to launching their first Middle East franchise and bringing their unique brand of hands on SME support to Dubai and beyond.”

Since humble beginnings above a Cheshire takeaway in 2004, franchisors Rod Davies and Matt Levington were set on building a global brand: the go to company for SME consultancy services.

With over 30 Business Doctors territories now operating around the UK, the ambitious pair took their first steps beyond British soil when they launched in South Africa in May 2014. Today, Business Doctors’ territories are up and running in eight regions of the country, including Johannesburg, its largest and wealthiest city.

In 2016, Business Doctors launched in both India and Republic of Ireland.