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Leadership & Talent

At The MBS Group we’ve been having a lively debate over the last few months about the past, present and future of PLC boards. It is certainly a complex topic, and not one that can easily be addressed in an 800-word column – indeed, we’ve already...

A Customer Service Story (Part I)

Marketing & Strategy

I, like many consultants, attend talks and conferences in the hope of being inspired. Over the years though I have mostly been disappointed and have found the talks at conferences to generally be ‘bog standard’: a slide presentation, facts, figures...

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People & Profiles

How do you go from a council estate in…

When Josh Wood, one of the world’s premier hair colourists and founder of Josh Wood Colour completed his hairdressing one-year YTS training course in Barnsley, Yorkshire, the salon where he was training let him go saying: “hairdressing is not for you...

Leadership & Talent

Why do so many PLC NEDs have backgrounds in…

At The MBS Group we’ve been having a lively debate over the last few months about the past, present and future of PLC boards. It is certainly a complex topic, and not one that can easily be addressed in an 800-word column – indeed, we’ve already...

Concept & Creative Direction

ATA: More than just a clothing brand

In my teens growing up in apartheid South Africa, everything was bound up in politics and the answer for me lay in going to work on the land on a socialist kibbutz, which I did. My biggest regret was not keeping my set of ‘kibbutz clothing’ that was...

Trends & Emerging Markets

The alternative asset class looks to alternative investment strategies

Private equity firms have more cash than ever before. The success of the asset class over the past five decades and the increasing difficulty of generating impressive returns in the conventional financial markets have led to record amounts of dry powder....

Tech & Innovation

Tech Q&A: InView chair Nick Markham on digitising a…

On the back of our recent focus on the rise and rise of content, coupled with ever-increasing broadband and mobile network speeds, this edition of Tech Q&A looks at the impact streaming and On Demand content is beginning to have on the developing...

Marketing & Strategy

A Customer Service Story (Part I)

I, like many consultants, attend talks and conferences in the hope of being inspired. Over the years though I have mostly been disappointed and have found the talks at conferences to generally be ‘bog standard’: a slide presentation, facts, figures...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

How the data revolution will change every element of business as we know it

As the global news cycles of recent weeks starkly demonstrate, we are on the precipice of the global data revolution. Companies, organisations, governments, regulators and individuals are starting to understand the value, power and potential of the data...

 

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...

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MBS News

Retail

26 September 2018 - 8:23

Card Factory positive regarding future outlook despite a challenging decline in footfall Online revenues accelerated by an impressive 85% despite competition from rivals such as Moonpig, and the retailer aims to exploit cheap rents by expanding across the country. Chief Executive Karen Hubbard is confident of future growth. Read more on City Am

26 September 2018 - 8:18

Lidl trials one hour grocery delivery in Dublin The grocer will enable customers to order frozen, fresh and ambient food via a smartphone app. The strong statement of intent by the German chain comes as supermarkets are increasingly launching rapid 'last mile' delivery services. Read more on The Grocer

Consumer Goods & Services

26 September 2018 - 8:30

Digital the fastest growing channel worldwide as Nike reports 15% profit growth Nike has been invested heavily in new technology and has reaped rewards through its Nike mobile app and especially its SNKRS app which saw "explosive growth". Sales in Greater China rose by 20% and the APAC and LATAM region saw a 14% increase. Read more on CNBC

26 September 2018 - 8:26

Wrap and IGD signatories plan to halve food waste by 2030 The 89 signatories include the UK's largest supermarkets, food producers, manufacturers and restaurant chains, who will aim to reduce waste at every stage of the supply chain to ensure the UK meets the UN's sustainable development target. Read more on The Guardian

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

26 September 2018 - 8:42

Luxury British eyewear specialist Cutler & Gross inks deal with Marchon to expand in the USA The London-based business already has boutiques in New York and Los Angeles, and plans to sell in selected department stores and premium sun and optical retailers. Read more on UK Fashion Network

26 September 2018 - 8:38

Donatella Versace vows that Versace will remain a luxury brand under new owner Capri Holdings Donatella is confident Chairman and Chief Executive of Capri Holdings John Idol shares her passion and vision for the iconic Italian fashion house. Versace Chief Executive Jonathan Akeroyd stated that the first priority is to expand in Korea and Japan. Read more on Business of Fashion

Digital

26 September 2018 - 8:50

Amazon partners with Snapchat to enable consumers to purchase items scanned with the app The visual search feature will display the prices, average reviews and Prime availability of items, and will provide an option for users to transfer to Amazon's platform to purchase. The launch follows Instagram's debut of a shopping tab. Read more on Retail Gazette

26 September 2018 - 8:45

Grubhub acquires student-orientated mobile ordering platform Tapingo for $150m Tapingo has operations in over 150 college campuses in the USA and has technology which provides waiting time to diners. Grubhub plan to exploit this network and technology to develop life-long customers. Read more on FoodBev Media

Private Equity

26 September 2018 - 9:04

General Atlantic to exit MeteoGroup to Swiss firm TBG The growth equity firm acquired the British weather forecaster for €190m in 2014, and helped it develop new product capabilities to serve consumer apps as well as a broader service offer to its traditional industries including shipping, media, and energy. Read more on Private Equity News

26 September 2018 - 8:59

Blackstone exits Versace to Capri Holdings for €1.83bn Private equity funds managed by Blackstone acquired a 20% minority stake in Versace in 2014 to grow the iconic fashion house through investing in emerging markets and ecommerce as well as extending its portfolio of brands. Read more on Private Equity Wire

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

26 September 2018 - 9:11

Manchester United revenues reach record £590m driven by increased earnings from TV rights The New-York listed club will reap increased revenues this year if it can qualify for the quarter-finals of the lucrative UEFA Champions League tournament. Read more on BBC

26 September 2018 - 9:09

Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings holding company Inspire Brands acquires Sonic Corp for $2.3bn The acquisition of the US burger chain is a major step for Inspire Brands, founded in February by Roark Capital after portfolio company Arby's acquired Buffalo Wild Wings for $2.9bn. Sonic operates over 3,500 restaurants and will retain its independence. Read more on FoodBev Media

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