BMI Research

BMI Research
Industry research and information of 24 industries and 200 countries
Founded 1984
Headquarters London, New York City, Pretoria (South Africa), Singapore, Dubai
Key people
Simon Longfield, CFO; Terry Alexander, COO; Jon Ewing, CMO
Products Daily Views, Research and Analysis, Data and Forecasting, Analyst Access
Number of employees

BMI Research is a research firm that provides macroeconomic, industry and financial market analysis, covering 24 industries and 200 global markets. It was founded in 1984 and before the current fashion for acronyms was known as Business Monitor International. In 2014 it was acquired by Fitch Group.[1][2] [3]


BMI Research was founded in 1984 as Business Monitor International by Richard Londesborough[4] and Jonathan Feroze[5] with an initial focus on Latin America. By 1994 it was producing 10 monitor newsletters and 25 business forecast reports. International office expansion began in 2008 with Singapore, followed in 2009 by New York, and in 2010 with Pretoria.[6] In 2012, the company acquired Espicom Business Intelligence, "a UK-based company with a 30-year pedigree providing business intelligence on Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare and Therapeutics across global markets".[7]

On September 9, 2009, the company "received a substantial, non-controlling equity investment from Spectrum Equity Investors",[8] which the private equity firm held until March 14, 2014, when Fitch Group announced that it had acquired the company (then still called Business Monitor International).[9] In June, 2014, Richard Hall [10] was appointed as CEO, and the firm re-branded as BMI Research in March, 2015. Richard Hall left the company in October 2015.[11][12]

In 1997, the company (then known as Business Monitor International) won the Queen's Award for export.[13][14]

BMI Research's clients include corporations, financial institutions, governments and academic institutions; among the academic institutions that subscribe to BMI Research are Cornell University,[15] Nanyang Technological University,[16] National University of Singapore,[17] Northeastern University,[18] Özyeğin University,[19] San Diego State University,[20] Stanford University,[21] University of Alberta,[22] University of Auckland,[23] University of Bradford,[24] University of Exeter,[25] University of Melbourne,[26] University of Minnesota,[27] The University of Western Ontario, [28] and others.

Areas of Research Focus


BMI Research regularly offers commentary and analysis in the media, and the company's analysts have been quoted in media outlets such as Associated Press,[29] Bloomberg News,[30] CNBC,[31] The Daily Telegraph,[32] The Diplomat,[33] Financial Times,[34] Fortune (magazine),[35] The Globe and Mail,[36] Infrastructure Investor,[37] Institutional Investor (magazine),[38] The Japan Times,[39] Le Monde,[40] Platts,[41] NASDAQ,[42] Reuters,[43] The Wall Street Journal,[44] The Washington Post,[45] and World Finance.[46]


  1. "About BMI Research". Company website, 28 April 2015
  2. "Company overview, BMI Research". Bloomberg Business, 28 July 2015
  3. "About Us". Fitch Group, 28 July 2015
  4. "Executive Profile, Richard Londesborough" Bloomberg Business, 28 July 2015
  5. "Executive Profile, Jonathan Feroze" Bloomberg Business, 28 July 2015
  6. "About BMI Research" Company website, 28 April 2015
  7. "Business Monitor International Strengthens its Pharmaceutical and Medtech portfolio with acquisition of Espicom Business Intelligence" Press Release, 22 August 2012
  8. "Case study, BMI Research" Spectrum Equity, 28 July 2015
  9. "RPT-Fitch Group Acquires Business Monitor International" Reuters, 14 March 2014
  10. "Executive Profile, Richard Hall" Bloomberg Business, 28 July 2015
  11. "About BMI Research" Company website, 28 April 2015
  12. "Company Overview, BMI Research" Bloomberg Business, 28 July 2015
  13. "Queen's Awards: 1997 winners" Independent, Monday 21 April 1997
  14. "Queen's Awards: Why it is vital to keep pounding away" Independent, Monday 21 April 1997
  15. "Library, Databases" Cornell University, 28 July 2015
  16. "Library, Databases" Nanyang Technology University, 28 July 2015
  17. "Library, Databases" National University of Singapore, 28 July 2015
  18. "Library, Databases" Northeastern University, 28 July 2015
  19. "Library, Databases" Özyeğin University, 28 July 2015
  20. "Library, Databases" San Diego State University, 28 July 2015
  21. "Library, Databases" Stanford University, 28 July 2015
  22. "Library, Databases" University of Alberta, 28 July 2015
  23. "Library, Databases" University of Auckland, 28 July 2015
  24. "Library, Databases" University of Bradford, 28 July 2015
  25. "Library, Databases" University of Exeter, 28 July 2015
  26. "Library, Databases" University of Melbourne, 28 July 2015
  27. "Library, Databases" University of Minnesota, 28 July 2015
  28. "Library, Databases" Western University, 28 July 2015
  29. "Weak Euro Adds to Europe's Vacation Lure for Tourists from United States and China" Associated Press, 15 April 2015
  30. "Europe Gas at 5-Year Summer Low With Traders Relaxed on Russia" Bloomberg News, 1 April 2015
  31. "Is the Money Flooding Back to Egypt?" CNBC, 13 March 2015
  32. "Oil prices Jump on Yemen Airstrikes" The Daily Telegraph, 26 March 2015
  33. "AEC Dream’s Failure ‘Still a Success’" The Diplomat, 29 March 2015
  34. "Petrobras Rally Ebbs as Focus Shifts to Ugly Outlook" Financial Times, 23 April 2015
  35. "Pfizer to Stop Selling Vaccines in China After Failing to Get New License" Fortune, 2 April 2015
  36. "Water-Poor Saudi Arabia Invests in Canadian Wheat Board’s Grain" The Globe and Mail, 17 April 2015
  37. "Infrastructure Spending Multiplier Effect on Economy" Infrastructure Investor, 15 March 2015
  38. "In a Volatile Oil Market, Much of the Action Is Between Benchmarks" Institutional Investor, 15 April 2015
  39. "Hostage Crisis Awakens Japan to Middle East Risks" The Japan Times, 11 February 2015
  40. "Mobile operators to worry over Google and Facebook" Le Monde, 3 March 2015
  41. Crude extends rise on anticipation of fall in US output, 14 April 2015
  42. "Oil Edges Higher as ECB Measures Boost Market Sentiment" NASDAQ, 6 March 2015
  43. "Saudi Arabia Raises Crude Prices to Asia for May for Second Month" Reuters, 6 April 2015
  44. "Oil Prices Fall Ahead of Supply Data" The Wall Street Journal, 7 April 2015
  45. "Tech Investments Show an Iran Eager to End Isolation" The Washington Post, 6 April 2015
  46. "Currence Is Key To Venezuela's Great Escape" World Finance, 5 March 2015

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