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Consumer Goods & Services

It’s an exciting time for the baby products sector, characterised by innovation and growth. There has never been a more impressive range of personalised products and services - so why are some of the best-known retailers in the sector...

Careful curation, expert advice and customer experience: the role of specialist retailers

Marketing & Strategy

Last month, Amazon became the second company in history to achieve a market capitalisation of more than $1tn. It did so because it provides customers ease, choice and value. It’s the same recipe that worked for Walmart and it’s the same recipe...

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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

Careful curation, expert advice and customer experience: the role…

Last month, Amazon became the second company in history to achieve a market capitalisation of more than $1tn. It did so because it provides customers ease, choice and value. It’s the same recipe that worked for Walmart and it’s the same recipe...

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


17 October 2018 - 8:29

Deichmann to partner with the Azadea Group The move will see the footwear retailer expand into the idle East and North Africa. Deichmann currently has a presence in 26 countries and will open a store in Dubai in 2019. Read more on The Retail Bulletin

17 October 2018 - 8:28

Asda and Morrison both experience growth in sales The supermarket retailers saw sales rise by 2.4% to 7th October. Morrisons attributed 45% of sales to promotions, while Asda’s growth was attributed to its own-label products. Read more on Retail Week

Consumer Goods & Services

17 October 2018 - 8:58

Piccolo baby food secure first raft of overseas listings The organic babyfood startup has forecasted first-year revenue of around £600,000, bringing overall sales to £5.6mil. This came from retailers in Northern Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Read more on The Grocer

17 October 2018 - 8:30

Brewdog secures £26mil in latest funding round The brewery had set a £10mil target for this latest round – which it reached in under 90 days. This brings the total received by the brewery to £67.2mil, since launching in 2009. Read more on FoodBev

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

17 October 2018 - 8:35

Zenith to collaborate with Mr Porter and Bamford They will produce a limited-edition watch that will retail for €7,100. Only 25 of the watches will be created and will be available from 15th November. Read more on Fashion Network

17 October 2018 - 8:35

Yoho raises £10mil to boost strategy One of China’s most influential streetwear platforms announced the funding will be used to boost its online and offline strategy. The company has raised over $150mil since its first financing round in 2006. Read more on Fashion United


17 October 2018 - 8:34

Instacart raises $600mil This comes eight months after a $200mil round which valued the grocery delivery service at $4.2bil. Through Instacart, shoppers are able to order from hundreds of retailers including Costco and Walmart. Read more on TechCrunch

17 October 2018 - 8:33

Netflix shares surge after record subscriber growth The online streaming service has bested expectations. It was able to attract 7 million new subscribers between July and September. Netflix shares increased by 14% to $394.25 in after-hours trading. Read more on Reuters

Private Equity

17 October 2018 - 8:36

Outdoor equipment retailer Yeti sets IPO price range Backed by private equity firm Cortec, Yeti has priced 23 million shares at $19 to $21. Cortec brought a majority stake in Yeti for $67mil in 2012, which could reduce to 48.7% following the offering. Read more on PE News

16 October 2018 - 8:20

American Golf acquired by special situations investor Endless has purchased Europe's largest golf retailer and will take on all online channels, and 112 of the 132 retail stores across the UK and Ireland. Endless also acquired Bathstore and The Work in 2018. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

17 October 2018 - 9:01

Domino’s Pizza Inc. reports third-quarter profit of $84.1 million The results bested Wall Street expectations with profit of $1.95 per share. The pizza chain's shares have increased 44% since the beginning of the year. Read more on The News Tribune

17 October 2018 - 8:31

Pandox acquires Midland Hotel The hotel investment company has agreed to acquire the hotel for £115mil. Pandox owns 143 hotels in Europe, including the Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn at London Heathrow Airport. Read more on The Caterer

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