Introducing… Daniel

Name: Dan Lucas

 

Role:

Junior Developer (12-month University sandwich year placement)

 

Experience:

Most of my working life so far has been spent in supply chain logistics working for Caterpillar and its subsidiaries specialising in account management and customer service. A couple of years ago I decided to embark on a career change after desiring a more technology based role and as a result, I am currently two years into a Business Technology degree at Man Met. It has been a great opportunity to expand on my existing skills and incorporate more technically minded disciplines such as web development, system development and data analytics.

 

What are 3 words to describe Bee Industrious?

‘Creative’, ‘ambitious’ and of course, ‘industrious’

 

How do you define success?

Some people focus on the physical products of success such as money or whatever but I think it has a lot to do with how many options you have available to you. The ability to be flexible and choose your next move is a valuable measure of success to me and I’ve noticed my options have certainly increased the harder I have worked.

 

Best book you have read?

I enjoy the Reacher series by Lee Child a lot although I’m a couple behind at the moment.

 

Favourite place you have travelled to?

I have been lucky enough to go to a few places but Valencia, Berlin, Edinburgh and San Francisco stand out as recent highlights.

 

Where is your hometown?

Salford

 

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

I am a musician in my spare time writing, recording and playing gigs solo and as part of a couple of bands so I’d be making a racket somewhere.

 

What do you find most challenging about your job?

That there’s only 24 hours in a day!

 

Best part of my job is…

Working as part of a talented team, seeing ideas come to fruition and achieving things together.

 

Worst part of my job is…

Having your cups of tea marked out of 10. It’s a stressful few moments!

 

Favourite quote:

“Football, bloody hell.” – Sir Alex Ferguson

 

What advice would you give to yourself 10 years ago?

Do it now, don’t wait.

 

Favourite movie?

Heat

 

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

David Bowie on the Serious Moonlight tour is the only right answer to this question.

 

Least favourite food?

Baked Beans

 

What is on your bucket list?

Playing the Manchester Apollo

 

What would you like to be famous for?

A couple of cult classic LPs/films

 

 

Introducing… Amber

Name: Amber

 

Experience:

2+ years experience in the HR Sector.

 

Can you describe Bee Industrious in three words? 

Busy, Global, Exciting

 

How do you define success?

Hitting goals and targets – start small and achieve the little targets to get yourself to the bigger targets.

 

What is the best place you have travelled to?

I haven’t really travelled a lot as I lived in Spain for most of my life (which felt like a permanent holiday!), so I would say Spain.

 

Where would like to travel to next?

New York, LA, California & Italy.

 

Where is your hometown?

Cheshire.

 

Favourite quote:

“Live everyday as if it were your last”

 

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

Stop stressing and do not worry!

 

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

Kylie Jenner, only to see what the hype is about!

 

What is on your bucket list?

Travel around America!

 

What would you like to be famous for?

Being a successful business woman.

Bee Industrious Contribute Towards The Global Business Confidence Report

Bee Industrious, the market research and insights specialist based in Manchester, with offices in Lagos (Nigeria) and New York have recently contributed towards The International Trade Council’s Global Business Confidence Report for 2017.

The Global Business Confidence Report is composed of survey responses of 5,000 selected organisations from 113 different countries, and were asked questions relating to their perception of the local economy for the previous and coming 12 months, their confidence in their own domestic and international sales growth and government impact upon their business.

Bee Industrious’s Managing Director, Nick Richardson, took part in the latest survey:

“We were delighted to partner with the International Trade Council with their highly informative business confidence survey, and we look forward to increasing our collaboration with the ITC in 2018 and beyond”

The Bee Industrious logo even featured on the front cover of the report.

Bee Industrious Feature on The Front Cover of The International Trade Council’s Global Business Confidence Report

To see the full report, please click here.

Introducing… Dr Liz Harrison

Bee Industrious, the Manchester-based market research and insights specialist are delighted to welcome Dr Liz Harrison to the team.

Dr Liz is joining the team as Senior Research Director after a successful career in the research & insights industry working for companies such as Aldi, Co-operative Group and McCann.

Liz brings a rich wealth of knowledge, and specializes in helping businesses to deeply understand their customers and use that understanding to create more customer satisfaction and increased profitability.

Liz has directed the customer strategy and insight for Aldi and the Co-operative Group and now shares her knowledge with businesses of all sizes. Additionally, Liz boasts an empathetic and fun approach to working with her clients helping them to achieve clarity, impact and significant return on investment.

Dr Liz is excited at the potential of the business:

“I am looking forward to working with Bee Industrious as I believe we share the same vision.

As a senior insight and strategy professional, I am a passionate customer advocate and have a track record of delivering customer insight that aids decision making.

Simply put, I strive to deliver ‘growth’.  My work is all about understanding and building relationships between businesses and people.”

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.