Name Charles Shaw
Position CEO of Bondoni
What are your main responsibilities?
To provide dedicated and professional services to Bondoni’s international clients who require “In Country” business representation and market entry services in Oman.
What are your company's Unique Selling Points (USPs) in Oman?
We enable international organisations do business in Oman depending on the degree of risk, the control and commitment of resources they require and the return on investment they expect.
These range from a low, non-equity investment without having significant effects on their existing operations elsewhere to fully committed equity based operations, either by setting up their own business with Bondoni as their local Omani partner or by acquiring a full or part share in a local business.
My team and I have decades of international and Omani business management experience so we can actively participate with our clients at strategic level as “Non-Executive Directors”
Each client has an experienced and dedicated Client Director who is responsible for implementing our clients Oman related objectives
What achievement are you most proud of?
Professionally – making the transition from being an Army officer to an international entrepreneur over a 30 year timespan
Personally –leading an expedition to the Geographic North Pole in 1997 and raising £150 000 funds for charity called WhizzKidz.
What would you still like to achieve (in life, leisure or business)?
Professionally – Continue to grow Bondoni to become the leading Business Representative Company in Oman.
Personally – Continue to enjoy a meaningful and fun life with my loved ones in Oman and abroad
What do you think makes Oman an attractive destination to do business?
The Omani government realises that that the country needs to diversify into other non-oil and gas sectors. There is also a genuine eagerness supported by new initiatives to encourage inward investment into Oman by making it easier to launch new businesses.
What sectors do you think will thrive in Oman in the coming years and why?
Oil and gas sector will always be the core sector in Oman. Logistics and transportation is now a key focus to take advantage of Oman’s excellent road and port infrastructure. Tourism is another important sector especially for the UK. Although the British holiday makers make up the majority of tourists, UK companies have yet to invest into hotels and other major tourist related assets. Others such as mining, property, medical and quality professional services will always be welcomed by the Omanis.
What is the best business advice you have ever received?
Embrace change, fear no change
Surround yourself with a great team who constantly strive to be different to the competition
Trust through accountability
Profit is the client’s way of saying thanks for doing a quality job
Favourite destinations in Oman and why?
I have known Oman for 35 years and I still find it impossible to choose between the spirituality of the desert (Wahiba Sands) the rugged beauty of the Jebel and the stunning coast line. The coast probably has the edge (mainly because I have a boat) as it offers so many different activities such as fishing, scuba diving,snorkelling or just selecting one of the many deserted coves with a golden sandy beach and socialising with family and friends and taking my wadi dog for a swim!
Favourite destinations in the UK and why?
London. It’s one of the two greatest Capitals in the world with so much to do and see.
As an outdoor person I always enjoy being on the Yorkshire moors or throwing a line into one of the many trout streams in the south east.
Favourite restaurant in Oman and UK?
In Oman, The Zanzibar Restaurant – outstanding authentic Omani food in a treasure trove of historic photos of HM the Sultan and his family pre and post his succession.
UK – The Guinea in Bruton Street – best Steak and kidney pie in town.
Describe your character in five words?
Witty, trustworthy, fun fair, direct
What are your hobbies?
Enjoy keeping fit, scuba diving and deep sea fishing and photography, watching international rugger and avoiding the golf course
What five things would you take to a desert island?
Fishing rod, my concept 2 rowing machine, colouring in book for grownups, a hammock and a box of matches
What public figures do you most admire and why?
My one and only sporting hero is the late but immortalised Mohammed Ali
I admire my relation GB Shaw for his genius and independent mind.
Businesswise, Richard Branson who has shown the world that he is an ordinary person who has achieved extraordinary things without having PhDs and Masters Degrees to succeed in life. He also has great humility and is a wonderful family man.