|Within the first term of opening its doors to students, The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘QBBF Start Up Business of the year 2016’ by the Qatar British Business Forum (QBBF).
At a recent awards ceremony held at the Oryx Rotana Hotel, Qatar (30 November, 2016), hosted by the QBBF and in front of an audience of 180 of Qatar’s most eminent British business leaders, Paul Bridges, Principal of The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar, collected the award from His Excellency the British Ambassador to Qatar, Mr Ajay Sharma and QBBF Chairman, Mr Emad Turkman MBE.
Announcing the winner, Matt Kitson, QBBF Committee Member stated that competition for the award had been high amongst a number of sectors, but that The Royal Grammar School, Guildford in Qatar was a worthy winner having created a large and successful British business in Qatar, over a very short period of time. Kitson added that this had only been possible due to the dedication of the team, coupled with strong leadership, which had allowed the project to overcome a number of unprecedented challenges, not least those associated with the current economic climate caused by the fall in oil prices.
Kitson commented that The Royal Grammar School, Guildford had created strong partnership links with Qatar, which was benefitting both the UK and Qatar and was an excellent example of the work the QBBF does, which is to promote business excellence and Qatari partnering in the British community.
On receiving the award, Bridges commented that he was honoured to receive such a prestigious award and to have been welcomed so warmly into the Qatar British business community. “This was the Royal Grammar School in Guildford’s first venture overseas in our 500 years’ history. Our aim has been to raise the profile of the British curriculum here in Qatar and to work with our Qatari partners, Al Qamra Holding, to provide the same high standards of British education in Qatar, that we offer at our very successful RGS, Guildford and Lanesborough schools in Guildford, Surrey. We came to Qatar at the invitation of the Chairman, Mr Hamad Al Qamra and it is his passion, vision and generosity which has made the Royal Grammar School in Guildford possible here in Qatar. I would also personally like to thank the staff of the RGS in Qatar, our success has been largely due to their hard work, determination and talent and over the coming years we hope to provide many thousands of children living in Qatar with a first-class RGS, Guildford education.”