Aviation expert Helios moves into larger Dubai office

09 December 2014 Consultancy.uk

Aviation expert Helios has moved into a larger office in Dubai, to accommodate for the growth and ambitions of its local team. Its new, bigger premise is based within Dubai’s Silicon Oasis zone.

Founded in 1996, Helios is a consulting firm that focuses exclusively on the aviation industry. Its service portfolio spans a wide range of consultancy and aviation services, including business economics, planning & procurement, regulation and sustainability. Helios operates from offices in Farnborough (UK), Dubai (UAE) and Žilina (Slovakia), and is since 2013 part of Egis, a French-origin global services firm with more than 12,000 employees in approximately 100 countries.

Helios and Egis Group

In 2012, Helios decided to establish an on the ground premise in Dubai, primarily to capitalise on the growing demand for consulting services from airlines and the local aviation ecosystem. According to recent research from Oxford Economics, Dubai’s aviation industry is currently valued at $26.7 billion, which represents more than a quarter of the state’s total GDP. If Dubai manages to realise the industry’s full potential, then by 2030 the value of the aviation industry will grow to a staggering $88 billion, making up nearly half of the local economy.

On the back of the growth and potential going forward, Helios has recently decided to bolster its team. A number of new hires have been added, including David Adebiyi (formerly with NATS Consulting) and two consultants that have relocated from Europe. To facilitate the growth, the entire team has, together with parent company Egis (20 in total), moved to a new premise in Silicon Oasis, a 7.2 million square meter zone used for industrial, business and commercial use.

David Adebiyi - Alan Corner

“We have had a base in Dubai for nearly 18 months now and we have had to find new premises for our growing team. Being on the doorstep has enabled us to develop stronger relationships with existing customers, and to win new business here too. We are anticipating continued growth over the coming months – with further postings from Europe alongside local recruitment," says Alan Corner, Helios' director Middle East and Asia.

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Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

05 April 2019 Consultancy.uk

A Newcastle-based consultancy has announced it will open its first office in Iraq. The news comes despite warnings that the area remains “high risk” for businesses.

16 years after the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the nation remains a shadow of its former self. The continued chaos wrought by the Iraq War – which eventually played a role in the rise to prominence of Daesh, further destabilising the region – means that even now, the nation’s capital is deemed to have the lowest quality of living in the world. According to a recent survey from Mercer, Baghdad ranked last overall – immediately below Bangui of the Central African Republic and Damascus in Syria – despite the other two being determined as the worst cities on the planet for personal safety.

However, as with the wider Middle East, the oil-rich state presents a lucrative destination to businesses willing to take the risk. To that end, a Newcastle recruitment consultancy has announced the opening of its first presence in Iraq’s capital city. Samuel Knight has taken the decision to open its Baghdad locale in order to grow its business in the Middle East.

Newcastle consulting firm opens Baghdad office

While businesses remain wary of the region, Samuel Knight specialises in recruiting talent in the energy and rail sectors, and in a release it said the new office would continue to focus on these areas. It will also allow the firm to make sure it abides by local compliance laws. The new location will be headed up by Haider Kadhim, Samuel Knight’s Iraq country manager, who will work as the first point of contact for clients and candidates. Representatives from the Department of Trade Industry are expected to attend a launch event for the office, which will be held this month.

Commenting on the new office,  a spokesperson for Samuel Knight said, “We probably don’t see it as a risk, but more of an opportunity, as we operate in the Middle East extensively already. We have contacts in place in the country location and with the consultants we have. We felt it was a great opportunity to expand into a country we are already doing work in. It means we have an on-the-ground team to help our clients. From our perspective, it is that we are looking to expand into new territories, but we are also supporting countries that are starting to redevelop after years of warfare.”

Steve Rawlingson, CEO at Samuel Knight, said, “Our aggressive five-year growth plan is manifesting at  an impressive rate, taking the company to exciting new territories. The team is working diligently to surpass expectations set out in the plan, and to ensure Samuel Knight is cemented as the leading global energy and rail recruitment specialist. Our Baghdad office will give us a distinctive edge over our competition and allow for more exciting business opportunities. Once the office becomes more established and client acquisition develops, we will certainly be adding more consultants and manpower in the city.”