UK firm chooses Bahrain to open first regional office

Bahrain EDB’s Executive Director — Business Development — ICT John Kilmartin.
Updated 28 January 2019

UK firm chooses Bahrain to open first regional office

UK-based technology company Innervate has chosen Bahrain to open its first regional office servicing the financial sector.

The move is a welcome boost for Bahrain, which sees information technology and the digital highway as a core pillar of the nation’s Vision 2030 economic diversification plans. 

At the official launch event held at the British Embassy in Bahrain’s capital Manama, Zayed R. Alzayani, minister of industry, commerce and tourism and senior management from the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) joined the British Ambassador Simon Martin, Innervate CEO Andy Startin, representatives from the Department of UK Trade and Industry, Bahrain Fintech Bay and Microsoft, together with members of the local business community, to welcome the opening of Innervate Technology.

Innervate specializes in developing customer relationship management technology across different sectors, where finance is its core area of expertise. Innervate’s main clients in the region include the Saudi British Bank, Mitsubishi Bank, Aspen Insurance and Carnival Cruise. With an initial investment of almost $1 million, Innervate plans to recruit employees across various skill-sets ranging from system integrators, data scientists, business analysts and system architects. As a result, Innervate has become the first Microsoft Dynamics 365 Gold partner in Bahrain that mainly focuses on the financial services sector. 

Bahrain EDB’s Executive Director, ICT, John Kilmartin said: “We are delighted that Innervate has chosen Bahrain to establish a permanent office in Bahrain that will service clients across the region. This is indicative of their confidence in Bahrain’s rapidly-moving strategy to develop as a regional ICT hub and highlights Bahrain’s attractive environment where companies can experience some of the lowest costs of doing business in the Gulf.”

Innervate CEO Andy Startin said: “The Bahrain Economic Development Board, Fintech Bay, Microsoft and the Department of UK Trade and Industry have truly been inspirational partners to help get our venture off the ground in Bahrain.”


Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

Updated 21 August 2019

Bentley marks 100 years at Monterey Car Week

As part of its centenary celebrations, Bentley hosted a number of events during the Monterey Car Week, from Aug. 15 to 18.

To mark the occasion, two models debuted — the new Flying Spur luxury four-door grand tourer, and the EXP 100 GT: A vision of luxury mobility in 2035.

The third-generation Flying Spur sets new standards of driving enjoyment and luxury, showcasing Bentley’s application of modern technology, while integrating the latest British craftsmanship and innovation features.

The new Flying Spur will be the most advanced luxury grand touring four-door available. 

Alongside its totally new and advanced aluminum and composite chassis, it features optional electronic all-wheel steering — a first for a Bentley, coupled with active all-wheel drive and the Bentley Dynamic Ride active anti-roll system powered by a 48V architecture.

The Flying Spur was put on display on Aug. 16 at the Quail — a motorsports gathering and at the Home of Bentley for the remainder of the weekend.

It was joined by the EXP 100 GT concept car, which made its US debut. With the EXP 100 GT, Bentley has reimagined the idea of grand touring for the future.

The EXP 100 GT is pure Bentley, inspired by the company’s deep understanding of the desires of its forward-thinking customers. It embraces artificial intelligence (AI) as a means to reassert the car as a place for creating, experiencing and capturing extraordinary human experiences and emotions.

It displays the future of luxury craftsmanship with a seamless fusion of materials and the intelligent curation of technology. The vehicle’s battery system will power four motors that deliver superior performance. Projected performance figures include a 0-60 mph time of less than 2.5 seconds, a top speed of 186 mph, and maximum torque of 1,500 Nm.

Ahead of the EXP 100 GT’s Americas debut, Bentley launched a new and dedicated app for Apple devices.

Released on Aug. 12, the “Bentley 100 AR” app uses a printable QR code to provide an augmented reality experience of the EXP 100 GT, allowing users to explore the exterior and interior of the concept car. Users can even interact with a virtual version of the car in full scale, by using the app at selected Bentley retailers.

Bentley was a featured marque at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where numerous classic models competed in Bentley Centennial classes, including Vintage 4 Cylinder, Vintage 6 Cylinder, Derby and Postwar.