Neil Petch

Neil Petch

Chairman, Virtugroup

Neil Petch is the Chairman at Virtugroup.

With a history of business successes, Neil is well known in the UAE and beyond as a visionary entrepreneur with a passion for helping others establish and grow their own businesses. 

Neil founded Virtuzone in 2009 and quickly established it as the region’s leading company formation expert, before launching Virtugroup, a holding company that has a wider mandate of supporting startups from establishment; to successful market entry; and all the way through to exit.

Neil is also the Chairman of GMG, which was established in 2010 with offices in Dubai and London. The DIFC-regulated GMG provides brokerage services for commercial and investment banks globally.

Neil’s most recent venture is PrimalMD, a launch in the health sector focussing on helping doctors transform their patient’s lives by addressing the root cause of illness rather than simply treating the symptoms.

Startup Life: Six Rules For Surviving The First Two Years
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Startup Life: Six Rules For Surviving The First Two Years

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Five Signs You're Ready To Start Your Own Business
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Five Signs You're Ready To Start Your Own Business

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The How-To: Engaging Better With Your Team As A Leader
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The How-To: Engaging Better With Your Team As A Leader

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Five Ways A Startup Leader Fails The Team And The Company

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Business Takeaways From Four UAE Startups That Raised Serious Venture Capital

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The Top Rules Of Public Speaking
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The Top Rules Of Public Speaking

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How To Get The Most Out Of These Five Employee Types

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Five Skills Every Dubai Entrepreneur Needs To Develop

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Five Ways To Kill A Great Startup Idea

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The UAE's Clean Energy Sector: Opportunities Aplenty For Entrepreneurs
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The UAE's Clean Energy Sector: Opportunities Aplenty For Entrepreneurs

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Seven Traits Of Incredibly Unsuccessful People
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Seven Traits Of Incredibly Unsuccessful People

In terms of recruitment, there is a saying that goes "If you think hiring the right person is expensive, wait until you hire the wrong person."
Gaining The Upper Hand: Three Psychological Tricks To Watch Out For In The Business World
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Gaining The Upper Hand: Three Psychological Tricks To Watch Out For In The Business World

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Five Things You Should Never Assume When It Comes To Your Business

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