Introducing… Ali

Introducing… Ali        

 

Welcome to the ‘Introducing…’ feature on our website, where we will be exploring what makes the Bee Industrious team tick. This month, Ali is in the spotlight.

 

Name: Ali

Role: Regional Director – responsible for building the business in the Middle East and providing strategic direction and insights on projects.

 

Experience:

I grew up with a strong work ethic. I started delivering newspapers when I was ten! I learned that the newspapers get delivered. It never crossed my mind that they didn’t.

My professional experience started with organising exhibitions. I understood that buyers and sellers needed information and saw in exhibitions and conferences a great way to introduce them to each other.

When I finished my MBA from George Washington University, I focused on marketing, and this led me to Public Relations. This is where the dots connected, and I became passionate about the human side of business. About human interaction, and the depth beyond the surface of business transactions.

I had the privilege of working with some of the biggest agencies operating in the Middle East, and was exposed to some of the world’s leading brands, including McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Nivea, Cisco, Ford, Swiss Airlines, and Pfizer. I’ve also contributed to some of the Middle East’s most successful emerging brands, including Etisalat, Emirates Airlines, Jumeirah International, Qatar Gas, Masdar, and Almarai.

 

Can you describe Bee Industrious in three words?

Effective. Empowering. Insightful

 

How do you define success?

Success is a dynamic state. It is when you are working towards an aspirational goal, and delivering excellence every step of the way. It is in commitment, persistence, and perseverance. It is in building strong foundations for the next stage of success.

 

What is the best book you have ever read?

The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. The book that opened up presence for me and put everything into perspective.

 

What is the best place you have travelled to?

Rome. The eternal city. It just inspired me on so many levels. And the food was wonderful!

 

Where is your hometown?

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. I am Lebanese from Beirut. And I’ve lived in Dubai for the past 22 years. I’m happy to say that my hometown is planet earth.

 

What would you do for a career if you weren’t doing this?

I would be a teacher. I have had some experience teaching at university level, and found the experience very rewarding. But through the influence of parenthood, I would probably elect to teach very young children.

 

What do you find most challenging about your job?

The Arabic language. With its different dialects, it can be tricky trying to make the same language work for different countries that speak different dialects if you are working outside the structure of classical Arabic.

 

Best part of my job is… 

Best: Capturing insights by stepping out of the comfort zone that my clients have and looking at things from many different points of view.

 

Worst part of my job is…

Worst: Economy travel.

 

Favourite quote:

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” Albert Einstein

 

What advice would you give to your self 10 years ago?

Try yoga!

 

Favourite movie?

The Big Blue

 

If given a chance, who would you like to be for the day?

Hugh Hefner. Just for one day.

 

Least favourite food?

Okra. Or eggplant. No, Okra.

 

What is on your bucket list?

Travel to the South Pole

 

What would you like to be famous for?

Being a great single father, providing and caring for my kids.

Bee Industrious Open Offices in the Middle East

Bee Industrious, the market research and insights specialist, has today announced it is opening a Middle East office in Dubai as part of its global expansion plans. The announcement is the latest in a string of exciting developments that has seen the agency of 40-strong research and insight specialists grow rapidly and receive critical acclaim for their work.

The Middle East operation will be headed by Ali Faour, a seasoned expert in Public Relations and in research and insights about customer behaviour across multiple industries. With extensive experience in working with multinationals, Ali is recognised for his customer-focus and his understanding of the intricacies of conducting business in multi-cultural environments.

Managing Director of Bee Industrious Nick Richardson comments: “I have worked in the region before and have always been impressed by the how fast Dubai has developed into a global powerhouse. This is not a market that we can neglect, and our clients are increasingly asking for better insights into this fast-faced environment.”

Ali Faour heads his own private consulting firm and has been working in the region for the last 22 years. He added: “Having witnessed the region’s unprecedented growth and helped Fortune 100 companies navigate the constantly changing market dynamics, I am delighted to be working with Bee Industrious and to be able to provide clients with the kind of information that can transform the way that they do business here. The advantage lies in being able to combine methodologies to suit client requirements and to provide the versatility and the expertise that they need to make informed decisions that are influenced by a dynamic mix of different cultures, nationalities, religions, and social factors.”

Bee Industrious has enjoyed tremendous growth since its inception, and expansion into the Middle East off the back of launching offices in Africa and North America is a key step in building international reach.

Richardson adds: “My vision for Bee Industrious is to offer our clients the service of a local agency supported by the resources and the capabilities of a larger international agency.  Our focus is now to work with Ali to build up the operation of our Bee Industrious Dubai operation and to expand on the services that we are able to deliver to clients based on their needs and requirements.”

Bee Industrious Shortlisted for Northern Stars Award

Bee Industrious the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Lagos (Nigeria) and New York have been shortlisted for the highly coveted Northern Stars 2017 Award.

Northern Stars is the UK’s most exciting pitch competition to find and showcase the best tech start-ups in the region. Entrants will go through grueling selection process, from application through to pitching in front of hundreds of people.

Bee Industrious is one of ten companies to be invited to pitch at the Northern Stars Liverpool event on Thursday 28th September 2017.

Nick Richardson, Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

“We are absolutely honored and delighted to be shortlisted for this incredible award. Our progress since launch has been incredible, and with the commitment and hard work of our team I am delighted that this is another recognition of the innovative, tech led solutions which we are bringing to the market”

Bee Industrious were shortlisted for their highly innovative and disruptive Kids Insights (www.kidsinsights.co.uk) product which provides marketers with access to “real-time” data, 24/7.

This is the latest recognition for Bee Industrious who have been named as finalists of Venturefest and the Skills for Business Award for Outstanding innovation. For more information on Tech North click here

 

Bee Industrious MD to take part in CEO Sleepout™ Manchester

Bee Industrious Founder and Managing Director Nick Richardson will take part in the CEO Sleepout™ Manchester event which will take place on Monday October 16th at Lancashire County Cricket Club with the objective of raising awareness and money for fighting poverty and homelessness in Manchester.

The event organised by CEO Sleepout™ will see more than 100 CEO’s from in and around Manchester spend from 8pm until 6am at Lancashire Cricket Club raising money for poverty and homeless charities: LCCC Foundation, MASH, Mustard Tree and Church Housing Trust

Nick Richardson Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

“Manchester as a city has so much going for it and whilst for some the city is booming now, for others it is not. As someone who lives and works in this great city it is apparent that we have a real issue on our hands with homelessness and poverty. However, if we approach this like how we have approached other problems we have faced as a city and community in the past, I am sure we can make a real difference to the individuals and their families who are facing an uncertain future”

For further information of how you can sponsor Nick please visit our Just Giving page and for more information on the CEO Sleepout™ Manchester event please visit www.ceosleepoutuk.com

Bee Industrious Shortlisted for Outstanding Innovation Award

Bee Industrious the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Lagos (Nigeria) and New York have been shortlisted for the highly coveted Skills for Business Awards: Outstanding Innovation of the Year.

The Skills for Business Awards are now in their fourth year and continue to go from strength to strength. The Awards recognise and celebrate the direct impact learning has on businesses, individuals and communities in Greater Manchester.

The Skills for Business Awards, in association with Pearson,  are being hosted in partnership with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Manchester Learning Provider Network

 

 

Nick Richardson Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

“We are extremely honoured to have been shortlisted for this coveted award. Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Bee Industrious, and to be recognised for the innovations which we are bringing to the market is a great recognition all of the work which the team have been doing in the last few months”

Bee Industrious were shortlisted for the development of their own database and online portal which provides clients with access to real-time data. This was launched under their Kids Insights (www.kidsinsights.co.uk) brand last month.

Richardson adds,

“As Tony Wilson once famously said – we do things differently in Manchester, and that is very much in our DNA. We believe that the old format of market research reports is out of date for the needs of modern day marketers. Our reports are designed to be dynamic, by identifying both global and flash trends quickly, enabling marketers to capitalise on opportunities”

Bee Industrious is enjoying a stellar start since launching earlier this year, with it providing research and insights services to brands such as Quintessential Brands, SuperAwesome, National Food & Skills Academy and the International Trade Council. Last month Bee Industrious was announced as finalists in the 2017 Venturefest Showcase Awards (which will take place at the Bridgwater Hall later this month) and was also chosen to take part in the acclaimed NatWest backed Entrepreneurial Spark Programme.

Bee Industrious Joins Tech City

Bee Industrious the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Lagos (Nigeria) and New York have joined Founders’ Network from Tech North a government backed initiative charged with accelerating the growth of the digital business sector in the North of England.

 

Tech City which run a series of programmes and events focussing on start-ups, investment, people, skills and digital ecosystem with the objective of creating a thriving digital tech scene in the North of England.

 

Nick Richardson Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

 

 

“We are excited to be part of the Founders’ Network and part of the Tech North programme. Our ability to translate data and information into intelligent insight for our clients is critical. Tech and innovation is very much at the core of our business. Since we launched we have invested significant funds into developing our own databases and portals to provide our researchers and clients with access to some of the most technically advanced research and analysis tools”

Lauren Nicholson of Founders’ Network comments,

“We’re very happy to have Bee Industrious become part of Founders’ Network and already Nick is proving to be a highly valued member by participating in our upcoming webinar about his learnings as a founder. The launch of Kids Insights is incredibly exciting and we are looking forward to seeing what’s next for Bee Industrious.” 

Bee Industrious is enjoying a stellar start since launching earlier this year, with it providing research and insights services to brands such as Quintessential Brands, SuperAwesome, National Food & Skills Academy and the International Trade Council. It was also last month announced as finalist in the 2017 Venturefest Showcase Awards which will take place at the Bridgwater Hall in September, and chosen to take part in the acclaimed NatWest backed Entrepreneurial Spark Programme.

Bee Industrious Appoints Product Manager for Kids Insights

Bee Industrious the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Lagos (Nigeria) and New York have announced the appointment of Jonathan Watson as Kids Insights Product Manager. The new role will see Jonathan oversee the development of Kids Insights (www.kidsinsights.co.uk).

Kids Insights which was launched in August by Bee Industrious is the largest research resource focussing on the kids, tweens and teens market in the UK – with more than 400 “4-18 year olds” surveyed every week (20,000 per annum) which results in Kids Insights producing 16 On-Track reports. Kids Insights will be launching other products later this year.

Nick Richardson, Founder and Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

“Our vision for Kids Insights is to provide our clients with access to dynamic, data and insight led reports, and we came to the conclusion that we needed to structure our business differently and have a Product Manager overseeing the delivery of our current products and services, but to also work closely with our researchers, partners and clients to develop future products and services. Jonathan joined us earlier this year and since joining us he has excelled, not only producing amazing work but demonstrating a commitment and determination to play such an important role in delivering a number of client projects and all of the hardwork which has been going on behind the scenes to launch Kids Insights. Considering his skills, future aspirations and the key role he has already played we are delighted to appoint him as Kids Insights Product Manager”

 

Jonathan adds,

“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to help take Kids Insights to the next level. We already produce the most comprehensive and up to date reports on this sector, but this is just the beginning of our plans.”

 

Bee Industrious are currently recruiting for a number of roles including a Research Executive and Sales & Marketing Coordinator, for further details please visit the Careers section and for more information on Kids Insights please visit www.kidsinsights.co.uk.

Bee Industrious Launches Kids Insights

Bee Industrious the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Lagos (Nigeria) and New York has today launched Kids Insights (www.kidsinsights.co.uk).

Kids Insights is the largest and most dynamic market research and insights resource on kids, tweens and teens in the UK – with the vision of providing marketers with the most comprehensive range of “real-time” resources on the consumption and behavioural trends of 4-18 year olds in the UK.

Each week, Kids Insights survey more than 400 kids, tweens and teens a week (5,000 a quarter) between the ages of 4-18 years of age and each quarter produce four in-depth On-Track insight reports “Screen Scape”, “Leisure Measure”, “Reach Meter” and “Trend Alert”. These contain expert insight led commentary making them the most comprehensive and regular reports of their kind in the UK.

Screen Scape: is the definitive digital report into kids’ content specifically what kids are watching, playing and talking about!

Leisure Measure: is the definitive guide to what kids are doing offline, from how they spend their time, who they spend their time with and what they enjoy doing and what they are currently consuming.

Reach Meter: provides a detailed look into kids’ online behaviour – providing a detailed understanding of their online behaviour by day, time, and seeing which platforms are successful in engaging kids.

Trend Alert: looks into what the latest trends are in the world of kids, and looks to identify what has caused these trends, and what kids think will be the next big thing!

A subscription to all four reports per quarter (16 reports in total) is available for £20,000 a year.

Nick Richardson, Founder and Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

“Kids Insights is designed for the modern-day needs and requirements of marketers. The On-Track reports are designed to be insight led, with a focus on the why and not just the data. The reports are designed to have both key snippets of bitesize information for executives but also more comprehensive datasets for data hungry marketers”

Kids Insights also offer bespoke research and insight solutions for companies and have a number of projects not just in the UK but also in international markets, and from the 1st January 2018 Kids Insights will be launching an online portal enabling subscribers of the On-Track data to have access to “real-time” data which will be collected every week from more than 400 kids, tweens and teens.

Richardson adds,

“Ultimately, we are a solution based organisation and when we spoke to our existing and potential subscribers we identified that there was a need for access to the data in “real-time”, so our development team started to build a database and portal which will provide that. The database and portal is built and working – and we are currently testing and fine tuning from a usability experience. The plan is to make a free demo available on KidsInsights.co.uk later this year before launching the full service on the 1st January 2018”

For further information on the reports, and to request a sample report and demonstration of the portal please visit www.kidsinsights.co.uk

Bee Industrious Joins Pro Manchester

Bee Industrious Joins Pro Manchester

Bee Industrious the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Lagos (Nigeria) and New York have joined Pro-Manchester the largest business development organisation in the North West representing financial and professional service and the wider business community.

Over 280 companies are pro-manchester members, including the biggest names within the financial and professional service sector and a select number of corporate members from across the region. Within these companies sit over 5,000 of the best and brightest professional individuals in the city.

Nick Richardson Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

“We are delighted to be joining pro-manchester as we look to show our commitment to the city, continue to build our reputation and develop relationships with fellow business leaders in this fantastic city. Since we launched we have been amazed by the support and success we have enjoyed which has seen us win some exciting and significant projects with national and international clients –but this is just the start of our ambitious plans, and we are exciting to be launching a new division later this month”

Bee Industrious is enjoying a stellar start since launching earlier this year, with it providing research and insights services to brands such as Quintessential Brands, SuperAwesome, National Food & Skills Academy and the International Trade Council. It was also last month announced as finalist in the 2017 Venturefest Showcase Awards which will take place at the Bridgwater Hall in September, and chosen to take part in the acclaimed NatWest backed Entrepreneurial Spark Programme.

Bee Industrious Named As Venturefest 2017 Finalists!

Bee Industrious the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Nigeria and New York has been named as finalists in the 2017 Venturefest Showcase competition, with the final set to take place in September.

The awards, which showcase innovative products and services in the Greater Manchester region’s most  progressive SME’s,  give investors the opportunity to be part of the next big thing.

 

Nick Richardson, Managing Director of Bee Industrious comments,

“All of us at Bee Industrious are absolutely delighted to have made the finals of Venturefest 2017. The hard work, collaboration and innovation of our core team and partners has been key in helping us achieve so much since our launch earlier this year. Whilst we are thrilled with our progress to date, this is only the start of our ambitious plans for the future”

The judges were particularly impressed with Bee Industrious’ phenomenal growth since launching, its investment in innovation and the success which its kids’ insights reports have had since their launch.  This is the second accolade for Manchester based Bee Industrious who have recently been selected to take part in the Entrepreneurial Spark programme.

For further information on the event which takes place on Thursday 14th September 2017 at the Bridgwater Hall, Manchester, please visit http://venturefestmanchester.com