May 18, 2020

Marka expands restaurant chain into Bahrain

Marka Group CEO
Nick Peel
Nick Peel
Marka UAE
Bizclik Editor
2 min
Marka expands restaurant chain into Bahrain

The UAE's Marka PJSC is opening Bahrain’s first Reem Al Bawadi Restaurant and Café, the latest in a series of expansions for the restaurant across the GCC.           

The franchise in Bahrain is the 11th branch of Reem Al Bawadi throughout the GCC and is the fifth addition since Marka acquired the chain in the second quarter of 2015. 

Marka Group CEO, Nick Peel said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our first restaurant in Bahrain, as Marka continues to deliver Reem Al Bawadi’s expansion across the GCC. We are confident that this latest edition will continue to deliver the high standards of award-winning cuisine that has become synonymous with the brand.”

The restaurant is located at Ramada Manama City Centre Hotel, Al Seef District in the heart of Manama, a few minutes’ walk away from the City Centre Mall, the nation’s most popular retail and leisure destination. Reem Al Bawadi’s Bahrain edition will serve its well-known traditional Middle Eastern cuisine and signature cocktails. Its environment features both indoor and outdoor seating areas with total capacity of 450, and a terrace area with an exclusive shisha area facing the sea.

Marka Hospitality Managing Director, Hesham Almekkawi, added: “We are proud to open yet another Reem Al Bawadi restaurant, taking the total number across the GCC to 11, with yet more to come. We see strong demand for concepts like Reem Al Bawadi in this region, and we are confident that this new restaurant will prove a big hit with the Bahrain locals and visitors from Saudi Arabia, who come for our welcoming atmosphere, warm service and delicious Middle Eastern cuisine.”

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Jun 14, 2021

5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly

Tapoly
Insurance
Leadership
Digital
Kate Birch
3 min
Heading up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy is winning awards and leading with diversity

Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.

Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills. 

What do you do, in a nutshell?

I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.

How would you describe your leadership style?

I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.

What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?

Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.

How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?

I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.

They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?

The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless. 

What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?

Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.

 

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