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In an interesting Victorian building in the centre of downtown Cape Town is a cultural hub of fashion, music, politics and philosophy – a place where thinkers are trying to change the landscape and make a difference. At street level there is a shop,...

Q&A with Level 20 founder Jennifer Dunstan

People & Profiles

As part of my research for our latest white paper on the case for gender diversity in private equity, I spoke with Jennifer Dunstan, founder of Level 20, to talk about how the industry can, should, and is changing to address its lack of diversity.   When...

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People & Profiles

Q&A with Level 20 founder Jennifer Dunstan

As part of my research for our latest white paper on the case for gender diversity in private equity, I spoke with Jennifer Dunstan, founder of Level 20, to talk about how the industry can, should, and is changing to address its lack of diversity.   When...

Leadership & Talent

The Case for Gender Diversity in Private Equity 

At the SuperReturn conference in Berlin in 2017, Advent International managing director James Brocklebank got up on stage to declare ‘There not enough women in the industry’. Indeed, in 2017 the number of women in senior positions stood at 9%, below...

Concept & Creative Direction

The denim trend comes and goes, but sustainability is…

I was looking at a photograph of myself when I was 18 and at the beginning of my gap year (which trust me, was a really long time ago!). What struck me was the pair of denim jeans I was wearing: Levi 501’s that had been opened at the bottom to sew in an...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Spotlight on South Africa Part 1: corner store CPT

I have lived in the UK for over 30 years but I have never missed a Christmas at home in the sunshine in South Africa. Wherever I am in the world, I, of course, always look at stores and brands and keep an eye on my South African clients of which I have a...

Tech & Innovation

Focus on the customer to avoid innovation for innovation’s…

Happy new year. I’ve always found it curious that the most disruptive industry on the planet – consumer technology – still relies on one of the oldest and most established methods to promote itself: the hotel business centre-based...

Marketing & Strategy

Our fast delivery culture shows that today’s consumers call…

January is the month of Christmas trading updates, when we get to see how some of the country’s biggest retailers and high street brands performed over the festive season. So far this year we’ve seen a very mixed picture, with some businesses surging...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

The Case for Gender Diversity in Private Equity 

At the SuperReturn conference in Berlin in 2017, Advent International managing director James Brocklebank got up on stage to declare ‘There not enough women in the industry’. Indeed, in 2017 the number of women in senior positions stood at 9%, below...

 

A transitionary period for the leisure industry

The MBS Group brought together a group of industry-leading chief executives from the casual dining, QSR and hospitality sectors to debate the issues relating the implications of Brexit and...

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MBS News

Retail

23 February 2018 - 8:42

Grace Cole partners with House of Fraser The beauty brand will be available in House of Fraser stores across the UK by the end of February. Grace Cole also announced that it has signed an exclusive agreement to go on sale in two Harvey Nichols stores in Hong Kong. Read more on The Retail Bulletin

23 February 2018 - 8:08

Spar Austria sales up 6.5% to €14.64bn in 2017 The retailer attributed the strong results to its steady expansion and the acquisition of 40 Billa stores in Croatia. International sales grew by 10% to €5.36bn for the period. Read more on European Supermarket Magazine

Consumer Goods & Services

23 February 2018 - 8:36

RBS reports profit of £752m for 2017 The state-backed bank's results mark its return to profit after a decade of losses. The company plans to accelerate its transformation and turnaround efforts in the coming year. Read more on Sky

23 February 2018 - 8:09

AB InBev explores Bricks and mortar expansion plans for Beer Hawk The beverage giant is considering bottle-shop and pub options for the online beer retailer it bought in 2016. The company has already submitted applications for licenses to open beer shops in the capital. Read more on MCA

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

23 February 2018 - 8:46

Fosun completes deal to acquire a majority stake in Lanvin This is the Chinese conglomerate's most significant fashion deal to date. Fosun is moving to capitalise on the growing Chinese demand for luxury labels and products. The terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Read more on Business of Fashion

23 February 2018 - 8:08

Revlon signs fragrance licensing deal with AllSaints The agreement will cover the development, marketing and distribution of fragrances and associated products. AllSaints inked a licensing deal with Global Brands Group earlier in February to design and distribute footwear, socks and jewellery. Read more on WWD

Digital

23 February 2018 - 9:00

Glossier secures $52m in new funding from investors The New York City-based beauty startup has now raised a total of $86m in venture funding. Glossier has expanded rapidly since its foundation in 2010, developing its line of affordable make-up products which it sells almost exclusively through its website. Read more on Recode

23 February 2018 - 8:29

Amazon reportedly planning to grow Amazon Go by six stores The business is looking at sites in Los Angeles and Seattle as part of its plans to grow the presence of its cashless retail format. Shoppers are able to pick up items in store and have the purchases charged to their Amazon accounts. Read more on Retail Week

Private Equity

23 February 2018 - 8:10

Lonsdale Capital Partners-backed Mobility Group bolts on Cassellie Mobility Group is an adapted bathrooms specialist acquired by Lonsdale in 2016. Cassellie is a designer and distributor of bathroom products and operates throughout Europe. Read more on Real Deals

23 February 2018 - 8:09

Active Partners-backed Honest Burgers agrees £17m funding deal with Santander The 25-site burger chain has secured the refinancing to drive its growth and increase the rate of its expansion. Honest is currently expanding outside of London, having recently completed a site in Bristol. Read more on MCA

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

23 February 2018 - 8:54

British Airways parent company IAG reports operating profit increase of 19% to €3.02bn for 2017 The airline company said that it expects operating profit to continue to grow in 2018. Revenue rose by 1.8% to €22.97bn. Following the results IAG have announced a €500m share buyback scheme. Read more on City AM

23 February 2018 - 8:10

Qantas Group announces record breaking H1 profit before tax of $976m The performance handily beats Qantas' previous first half record of $921m posted in 2016. Underlying and statutory profit before tax both grew and Qantas announced EBIT of $652m. Read more on Breaking Travel News

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