MBS Intelligence

People & Profiles

I feel naturally reluctant to write or talk about diversity in the workplace – it feels as though I’m pigeon-holing myself (as an ethnic minority / left-leaning millennial) and to be honest, I find the moral arguments for diversity thoroughly...

Trust in data and local expertise in our brave new world of international growth

Trends & Emerging Markets

It has been interesting to watch the response of businesses to the Brexit vote since the EU referendum took place last year. In some ways very little has changed, as businesses have carried on doing what they do best amid all the uncertainty –...

Browse by Topic

People & Profiles

Get inquisitive about the diversity challenge

I feel naturally reluctant to write or talk about diversity in the workplace – it feels as though I’m pigeon-holing myself (as an ethnic minority / left-leaning millennial) and to be honest, I find the moral arguments for diversity thoroughly...

Leadership & Talent

FTSE Boards can prepare for the future by adding…

For the past two years I have been privileged to be invited to the venture capital company LocalGlobe’s annual showcase, where the day is spent listening to 15-minute overviews given by the CEOs of companies that LocalGlobe has invested in. What...

Concept & Creative Direction

Will Men’s Fashion Week survive?

The menswear fashion shows are all but over and once again, they are showing that the barriers between the genders are continuing to dissolve, and cultural identities are becoming much more fluid. A recent report on London Fashion Week Men’s from last...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Trust in data and local expertise in our brave…

It has been interesting to watch the response of businesses to the Brexit vote since the EU referendum took place last year. In some ways very little has changed, as businesses have carried on doing what they do best amid all the uncertainty –...

Tech & Innovation

Data: The next great dividing line between success and…

Spending every day speaking to leaders of businesses of all shapes and sizes, the executive search consultant gets a unique “wood from the trees” view of the common threads, themes and trends impacting entire sectors. Through that lens, it’s clear...

Marketing & Strategy

My annual USA Road Trip, Part II: Secret Shopping…

It helps to travel the USA with a curious 16-year-old who loves fashion, film and brands. Isaac is one of my best sources for all things new, so our first stop in Boston was a store called Bodega. No one that I know living in Boston has ever heard of it,...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

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...

 

Hiring for high growth tech companies: the changing role of the CMO

What does marketing mean in the today’s tech-driven, consumer-savvy world? In a constantly changing landscape, where start-ups succeed or fail at pace and the role of marketing is dramatically different in each stage of a business’s growth, it’s...

Browse by sector

MBS News

Retail

22 September 2017 - 8:19

Arket opens second London store less than a month after UK debut The H&M-owned brand is opening the store today at 27-29 Long Acre in Covent Garden. It is the brand's fourth store globally, following flagship openings in Copenhagen and Brussels and an opening on London's Regent Street on 25th August. Read more on Retail Gazette

22 September 2017 - 8:15

Tesco plegdes to halve food waste by 2030 The supermarket chain has announced a partnership agreement with 24 of its biggest suppliers to adopt its Sustainable Development Goal. Tesco aims to reduce food waste by 50% by 2030 and make food waste data available to the UK public within 12 months. Read more on letsrecycle.com

Consumer Goods & Services

22 September 2017 - 16:24

AB InBev acquires Australian craft brewery 4 Pines The acquisition complements AB InBev's Carlton & United Breweries business in Australia, which includes brands such as Victoria Bitter and Carlton Draft. The management team at 4 Pines will remain unchanged. Read more on FoodBev Media

22 September 2017 - 8:29

United Biscuits grows exports by 4.9% The company behind brands such as McVitie's, Jacob's and Twiglets saw overall turnover dip by 3.9% to £868.2m, according to its latest full-year accounts. The fall was partly attributed to flooding in Cumbria which affected production. Read more on The Grocer

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

22 September 2017 - 8:44

Newly acquired Matches Fashion to open new distribution centre The luxury fashion retailer, which was recently acquired by Apax Partners for a reported £1bn, is to open the new centre close to Heathrow Airport in West London in 2018. The move signifies a significant expansion of its overseas growth strategy. Read more on WWD

22 September 2017 - 8:36

Luxury concept store The Shop at Bluebird to open in Covent Garden The brand, which is owned by the Jigsaw group, is to open the store at Carriage Hall on Floral Street, Covent Garden in early 2018. The Shop at Bluebird first opened on King's Road in Chelsea in 2005, stocking designer brands including Alexander McQueen. Read more on Drapers

Digital

22 September 2017 - 16:35

Google partners with Bose on noise cancelling headphones Bose's new QC 35 II headphones feature a dedicated 'Assistant' button that users can push to call up the voice-based Google Assistant companion whenever they want. The Assistant can provide incoming notifications and audio features like news briefings. Read more on TechCrunch

21 September 2017 - 16:53

Deliveroo sees revenues surge as international growth accelerates The latest accounts of the online food delivery firm show it made sales of £128.56m in 2016, up from £18.1m the previous year. Its losses rose to £129m, up from £30m in 2015, due in part to international expansion costs. Read more on BBC News

Private Equity

22 September 2017 - 8:48

KKR reportedly interested in buying Pure Gym The private equity firm is among a number of bidders looking to table indicative offers for Pure Gym, Sky News reports. Pure Gym's main shareholder CCMP Capital Advisors is working with Harris Williams and Jefferies on the auction. Read more on Sky News

21 September 2017 - 8:49

EQT sells down AcadeMedia stake The Swedish private equity group has sold around 12.6 million shares in listed school operator AcadeMedia to 12 investors. In the wake of the deal EQT now owns approximately 12.1% of the business. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

22 September 2017 - 8:39

Saga progresses expansion of its travel business The travel and insurance company for the over-50s said strong pre-sales for cruise ship holidays had encouraged it to confirm the purchase of another ship, the Spirit of Adventure. Profits before tax were £103m for the six months to July 2017, down 6.3%. Read more on Financial Times

21 September 2017 - 17:04

Indian restaurant brand Rola Wala targets international growth The company, which is led by co-founder Mark Wright, has signed a deal with an international franchise group that will see it launch in Dubai next year. The business, which has sites in London and Leeds, also aims to grow to up to 40 UK sites. Read more on MCA

Arts Agenda & Recommended Reading