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People & Profiles

Every day I speak to senior executives working in consumer industries who have amazing stories to tell. Occasionally I will also meet someone who, more than most, has played a pivotal role in the history of British retail, helping to make it the...

The CEOs of the future may come from unexpected places

Fashion & Luxury

It was a great pleasure to welcome William Kim, CEO of AllSaints, as the host of a dinner and roundtable discussion held in partnership with MBS this week. We always like to mix people together and get views from different ends of the spectrum, and that...

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People & Profiles

From George at Asda to Hope Fashion, Nayna McIntosh…

Every day I speak to senior executives working in consumer industries who have amazing stories to tell. Occasionally I will also meet someone who, more than most, has played a pivotal role in the history of British retail, helping to make it the...

Leadership & Talent

The CEOs of the future may come from unexpected…

It was a great pleasure to welcome William Kim, CEO of AllSaints, as the host of a dinner and roundtable discussion held in partnership with MBS this week. We always like to mix people together and get views from different ends of the spectrum, and that...

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

Bold change at the top can give department stores…

Many of the oldest retail brands on the high street are department stores. From Fortnum & Mason, which opened its doors in London in 1707, to the opening of the first Macy’s in New York in 1858, these companies have been stalwarts of the retail...

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...

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MBS News

Retail

23 October 2017 - 8:51

Alistair McGeorge returns to New Look Alistair, a former CEO of New Look, is understood to have been advising the business on an ad hoc basis, Retail Week reports. It is unclear whether the appointment is a permanent or temporary one. It follows the recent departure of CEO Anders Kristiansen. Read more on Retail Week

23 October 2017 - 8:14

John Lewis to launch new concierge-style shopping experience The service will go on trial at the retailer's new Oxford store when it opens on Tuesday (24th October). It will feature an 'Experience Desk' where shoppers will be offered assistance in planning their shopping within the store. Read more on Retail Gazette

Consumer Goods & Services

23 October 2017 - 16:53

Hasbro posts third quarter revenue growth of 7% to $1.79bn Net earnings for the third quarter rose by 3% to $265.6m as the toy maker forecast that revenue in the crucial fourth quarter will grow between 4% and 7%. The company said the recent bankruptcy at Toys "R" Us had impacted its outlook. Read more on Proactive Investors

23 October 2017 - 8:19

Spire Healthcare turns down Mediclinic takeover offer FTSE 100 private hospital group Mediclinic, which already owns 29.9% of Spire, made an offer valued at 298.6 pence per share last week. However the Spire board rejected the bid, stating it "significantly undervalues" the firm. Read more on City AM

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

23 October 2017 - 8:36

Giorgio Armani outlines succession plans In an interview published today, the fashion designer said that part of his business will be transferred to a foundation he recently created in his name. However, he did not reveal who would replace him at the head of the company. Read more on Fashion Network

23 October 2017 - 8:30

Charlotte Tilbury partners with Hong Kong retailer Lane Crawford The British beauty brand has announced that the partnership with the speciality retailer will begin next summer as it targets expansion across Asia. The move comes after Charlotte Tilbury opened its largest-ever store in Kuwait last month. Read more on WWD

Digital

23 October 2017 - 16:43

The Hut Group announces £515m revolving credit facility to further accelerate growth The online retail group will use the credit facility for general corporate purposes, including possible further acquisitions in its beauty division. It follows the recent acquisitions of makeup brand Illamasqua and subscription service GlossyBox. Read more on Manchester Evening News

23 October 2017 - 8:23

Tencent’s China Literature seeks up to $1.1bn with IPO The company, which is the largest online publishing and e-book company in China, is listing in Hong Kong as it looks to raise funds for acquisitions and to expand its digital publishing business. Tencent Holdings owns a 62% stake in the business. Read more on Reuters

Private Equity

23 October 2017 - 16:48

Permira-backed Dr Martens reports strong growth in Asia The footwear brand saw total full-year revenues rise by 25% to £290.6m, with revenues in east Asian markets surging by 88% to £22m in the year to 31st March. Private equity firm Permira acquired the business in 2013. Read more on BBC News

23 October 2017 - 8:48

RJD Partners completes MBO of Class Tours Hove-based Class Tours is a provider of language programmes and educational tours to schools across the UK. The deal is the fourth from private equity firm RJD's third buyout fund. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

23 October 2017 - 17:04

Roy Kinnear to join Flybe as chief commercial officer Roy left his role as chief executive of Air Seychelles earlier this month and has formerly held senior management roles at various airlines including bmi, Gulf Air and Etihad. He will take up the new post from January 2018. Read more on Breaking Travel News

23 October 2017 - 8:44

VisitEngland expands accessibility services VisitEngland and VisitScotland are to launch a website to allow tourism businesses to offer accessibility guides for key locations. The guides aim to make it easier for disabled visitors to plan their trips while standardising how information is presented. Read more on Breaking Travel News

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