Ying Zhao

PhD Students
Ying Zhao BA, MA, MBA Ying is a PhD student and researcher in Business Research Institute with a particular interest in crowdfunding and entrepreneurial studies. She holds an MBA in Global Financial Services from Coventry University, an MA in International Financial Analysis and a BA in Accounting and Finance from Newcastle University. She is also an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants candidate and has previously worked in a financial consultancy business. After a time working in the private sector, Ying has reconnected with her passion for learning and has been leading her own research project as part of her doctorate here at the BRI. She is currently focusing on entrepreneurial implications of reward-based crowdfunding as an alternative funding source for start-up businesses as part of her PhD Thesis. Conference presentations…
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Yimashi Silva

PhD Students
Yimashi Silva BA (hons) MBA Yimashi is a final year PhD student at the University of Chester and a researcher at the Business Research Institute, Chester. She holds a degree in Business Management from the University of Wales and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chester. Her research interest is in the field of organizational learning, Family Business and Strategic Human Resources. Her PhD research focus on Learning Organisations within the family businesses in North West England. She previously worked at the Bank of America in Chester and as well as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Chester.
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Henry Sidsaph

Henry Sidsaph

PhD Students
Henry Sidsaph BSc (hons) MSc Henry is a final year PhD student and researcher at the Business Research Institute. He has previously conducted several social and economic European Union funded research projects and has undertaken research with smallholder organic olive oil producers in Almería Province, Spain (considering; environmental stewardship, and social enterprise initiatives). He has previously worked as a researcher for a developmental-NGO based in Malawi, and also as a researcher at the University’s Centre for Labour Market Development and Research Office. His interests and experiences have an international theme, notably in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Mediterranean, primarily focusing on; rural economies, livelihoods, and sustainable development. He is currently leading a research project as part of his PhD thesis focusing on decision making and sustainable development in the context of alternative…
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Professor Gary Davies

Professor Gary Davies

BRI Academic Staff
Gary Davies Professor of Business Strategy Gary Joined the BRI from Manchester Business School in 2017. His links with Chester date from 2015 when he was appointed as a visiting professor. His academic career has involved sponsorships from Tesco, Asda and the Post Office. Before his academic career he worked with the Mars Group and British Aluminium. He also acts as a consultant in business strategy and reputation management. Qualifications: BSc, PhD (London), PhD (Manchester), DIC, ARSM. Research: Gary’s current research interests include: the image benefits of being a family business; personal branding; how consumer trust and distrust of brands develops; how brand image should be measured; investor decision-making; the globalisation of retailing and; the role of public relations in the marketing of luxury brands. Publications: Books: G Davies with…
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Hassan Ramady

Hassan Ramady

Advisory Board, BRI - Advisory Board
                Hassan Ramady began his career with BICC Cables UK, member of the largest construction Group – Balfour Beatty, after obtaining his degree in Electrical Engineering from Newcastle University. He was relocated to the United Arab Emirates and rose to the position of Regional Director in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). During the period from 1977 to 2014, Mr. Ramady held Group Vice Presidency positions with companies & trading houses employing over 6000 people and board memberships within companies in the Oil and Gas, Construction, Power Generation, Solar , hospitality and travel agencies industries. He has also travelled to the Far East, in particular China, to oversee the manufacture of Sea Vessels exceeding £350m for his Group in Saudi Arabia. In 2014 Hassan…
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How the Game-based Learning Market is set to grow and grow…

How the Game-based Learning Market is set to grow and grow…

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By Steven Markham According to research conducted by Ambient Insight, the global Game-based Learning market is on target to hit US$ 7.3 billion by 2021. Add to this, the projected figures for Simulation-based learning technologies of US$11.3 billion and it is clear that Game-based learning is on the rise. These figure represent a 22.4% and 17% rise over 2016 figures respectively. In 2015, private investors worldwide invested US$165.9 million in 35 Game-based Learning companies, an unprecedented figure at the time. However, only six months into 2016 saw US$325 million of investment in 37 Edugame suppliers. At the top of this was 'Age of Learning', a California-based company and developers of 'ABCMouse.com - Early Learning Academy', a digital learning resource aimed at ages 2-8. 'Age of Learning' received US$150 million of…
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Are you one of the best businesses in Cheshire?

Are you one of the best businesses in Cheshire?

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Are you one of the best businesses in Cheshire? Nominations are now open for the High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise. The High Sheriff’s Awards for Enterprise 2017/18, Cheshire’s most prestigious business awards, are now open for entries. In its 12th anniversary year, the Awards offer thousands of pounds worth of prizes, as well as access to a network of support across Cheshire and a promotional opportunity for local businesses. The winners will be announced at a presentation evening on March 22, 2018 in the stunning surroundings of Chester Racecourse. Guests will include business leaders, judges and the finalists. The winner of the High Sheriff’s Award for Enterprise, sponsored by LDF and O2, will receive a free place for one of its appropriately qualified managers on the award-winning MBA programme at…
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