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Leadership & Talent

Every day at MBS we are honoured to meet with many diverse candidates, each with a unique narrative, set of achievements and ambitions for the future. However, one area of surprising commonality in our conversations with candidates is in their attitude to...

Will Men’s Fashion Week survive?

Concept & Creative Direction

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...

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People & Profiles

Following in the footsteps of Madame Clicquot: Alison Brittain…

Having been on the judging panel of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award for a number of years, I have watched the award evolve as the world has changed.  There used to be only one award for the top business woman of the year, then three years ago we...

Leadership & Talent

Does executive compensation today create the best win-win scenario…

Every day at MBS we are honoured to meet with many diverse candidates, each with a unique narrative, set of achievements and ambitions for the future. However, one area of surprising commonality in our conversations with candidates is in their attitude to...

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

As Farfetch shows, the future of fashion lies in…

In 2014, the British Fashion Council brought together an exclusive group of leaders in the global fashion industry, including entrepreneurs, politicians, CEOs and the brightest stars of British fashion, to create a think tank. Its aim was to identify ways...

Tech & Innovation

Mapping the rise and rise of UK tech talent

Being privileged to earn my crust closely monitoring the rapid expansion of the tech and digital economy – both here at MBS and previously over the course of six years at Google – there’s no doubt in my mind that we have reached a critical...

Marketing & Strategy

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...

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

26 July 2017 - 8:22

Boden to open first standalone bricks-and-mortar store later this year The fashion catalogue retailer has signed a 10-year lease on a 1,800 sq ft unit on the Cadogan estate in Chelsea, London. Founder and creative director Johnnie Boden said: "I'm so excited to be going into retail. This is a new chapter for Boden." Read more on The Retail Bulletin

26 July 2017 - 8:17

Joules posts 34% rise in pre-tax profit to £10.1m The clothing retailer saw a 19.6% uplift in sales to £157m in the 52 weeks to 28th May. CEO Colin Porter said the business had "continued to expand and develop across distribution channels and product categories" in the UK and globally. Read more on Retail Week

Consumer Goods & Services

25 July 2017 - 17:05

Refresco agrees to acquire Cott Corporation’s soft drinks business for $1.3bn Cott is one of North America's largest private-label producers of beverages on behalf of retailers, brand owners and distributors. The deal creates the largest independent bottler in Europe and North America. Read more on FoodBev Media

25 July 2017 - 16:46

BMW chooses to build electric Mini in the UK The German car maker said that a plant near Oxford will be the main "production location" for the model when it goes into production in 2019. BMW said it had "neither sought nor received" reassurances from the UK on trading arrangements post-Brexit. Read more on BBC News

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

26 July 2017 - 8:40

Dr. Martens announces plans to open five new stores across the UK The new store locations have not yet been revealed, but the announcement follows the opening of a new site in Reading last week. Dr. Martens also opened a new flagship store in Camden, London in April. Read more on Retail Gazette

26 July 2017 - 8:37

Amazon reportedly considering beauty partnership with Violet Grey Amazon is understood to be in talks with the curated beauty site as it looks to bring more beauty brands and content to its marketplace, WWD reports. Violet Grey sells an edited assortment of products from brands including 111 Skin, Byredo and Le Mer. Read more on WWD

Digital

26 July 2017 - 8:31

Tencent backs Indian education startup BYJU with valuation of $800m The deal is the latest investment in India by the Chinese technology giant, following investments in ecommerce company Flipkart, healthcare firm Practo and chat app Hike. BYJU provides a range of online classes for students in India from grades 4-12. Read more on TechCrunch

26 July 2017 - 8:26

Online flash sales business MySale reports jump in profits The Australian etailer said online revenues climbed 10% to AUS$240m in the 12 months to 30th June following a year of "excellent progress". Arcadia boss Sir Philip Green and Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley are among the company's shareholders. Read more on Retail Week

Private Equity

26 July 2017 - 8:48

Bain Capital reportedly interested in Unilever’s spreads business Bain is weighing up a bid for the divested group of brands, City AM reports, while Sky News has reported that Bain may partner with peer Clayton Dubilier & Rice. Unilever announced the sale of the business, which includes the Flora brand, in April. Read more on City AM

25 July 2017 - 17:10

Permira sells stake in Spanish fashion retailer Cortefiel to co-investors CVC and PAI The three firms acquired Cortefiel in 2005 for €1.8bn. The new deal sees CVC Capital Partners reinvest from its 2001 vintage third fund, and PAI Partners from its 2015 vintage sixth fund, to acquire Permira's stake. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

26 July 2017 - 8:43

Marston’s sees boost from warm weather as sales rise The pub group said like-for-like sales at its food-led and premium pubs rose 1.3% in the 42 weeks to 22nd July. Beer volumes in its brewing division rose 4%, reflecting the recent acquisition of the Charles Wells Brewing and Beer Business. Read more on Financial Times

25 July 2017 - 16:52

McDonald’s announces best sales growth for five years The fast food chain said global like-for-like sales rose by 6.6% in the three months to the end of June, beating Wall Street expectations of a 3.7% increase. "We're building a better McDonald's and more customers are noticing," said CEO Steve Easterbrook. Read more on Financial Times

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