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Consumer Products

Like many of you, we at The MBS Group have recently gone through the process of revisiting our strategy and vision for the coming years as we crossed over from one financial year into the next. I always find it’s a very reflective process and it was...

Following in the footsteps of Madame Clicquot: Alison Brittain awarded Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year

People & Profiles

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...

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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

How do you make the most of British brands?

The market is on the move. British brands have always been an attractive prospect for international investors and recent times have borne that out, as Unilever and Weetabix demonstrate. The conditions seems right for a flurry of M&A activity in the...

Concept & Creative Direction

Curating a Community: The Huggle story

In 2000, I hosted an event called ‘Inventing Retail.com’. It was right at the start of the dot-com bubble and the panel was made up of a collection of pioneers in the ecommerce world, including Keith Basnett and Ernst Malmsten, then...

Trends & Emerging Markets

The ready to eat revolution

When prepared food and ready meals burst onto our shelves in the 1950s, they were revolutionary. As food writer Michael Fort notes, they were ‘impossibly exotic and exciting, they were magical things’. But, that image has surely changed. A decade ago,...

Tech & Innovation

Deliveroo – The “Disruptor Disruptor” Ushering in “Digital Economy…

We were privileged to host a dinner last week with our partners Bridgepoint and Will Shu, the co-founder and CEO of Deliveroo, a company who, in just five years, has revolutionised the way the world eats. In sharing the Deliveroo story, around a table of...

Marketing & Strategy

The retro craze is booming in today’s tumultuous world…

Like many of you, we at The MBS Group have recently gone through the process of revisiting our strategy and vision for the coming years as we crossed over from one financial year into the next. I always find it’s a very reflective process and it was...

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 May 2017 - 8:15

Topps Tiles reports ‘solid’ performance as half-year revenues hit £106.6m Revenues were down 1.3% in the six months to 26 April while adjusted pre-tax profit fell by 1.9% to £10.1m. The company opened eight new stores during the period, taking its total to 359, and plans a further ten for the second half. Read more on The Retail Bulletin

23 May 2017 - 8:10

John Lewis, Debenhams and Ryman among brands backing new retail credit union The union, RetailCURe, has been launched to help employees in the retail sector to save and borrow money at competitive rates. Other backers include Iceland, New Look and Schuh. Read more on Retail Week

Consumer Goods & Services

23 May 2017 - 8:23

Nationwide reports record growth in new current account openings The building society reported that nearly one in five people switching their accounts became its customers in the six months to March, with 750,000 current accounts opened. Pre-tax profits for the year to March were £1.1bn, down 17% on last year. Read more on BBC News

22 May 2017 - 16:45

Cafédirect acquires The London Tea Company from Finlay Beverages Cafédirect CEO John Steel said the deal, agreed for an undisclosed amount, would help the company to reach new customers in speciality and herbal teas. "There is a strong strategic fit between the Cafédirect and London Tea product range," he said. Read more on The Grocer

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

23 May 2017 - 8:51

Style Group Brands seeks investment to avoid administration The private company, which owns brands such as Jacques Vert, Eastex and Windsmoor, is understood to be looking at all options, including talks with potential buyers. Read more on Retail Week

23 May 2017 - 8:48

Christian Louboutin opens Miami flagship store The 3,874-square-foot boutique showcases both his women’s and men’s accessories. Louboutin has 135 stores globally. Read more on WWD

Digital

23 May 2017 - 8:41

Blockchain consortium announced by Toyota Research Institute The car company is working with MIT Media Lab to look at how blockchain could impact automobile data exchanges and reshape the car industry. Other partners include BigchainDB, Oaken Innovations, Commuterz and Gem. Read more on Coin Desk

22 May 2017 - 16:50

Amazon readies plan to launch checkout-free supermarkets in the UK The ecommerce giant has trademarked the slogan "No Lines. No Checkout. (No, Seriously.)" with the UK's Intellectual Property Office, suggesting it is planning a roll-out of its hi-tech Amazon Go supermarkets. Read more on Business Insider

Private Equity

23 May 2017 - 8:32

Verlinvest and Felix Capital among those to back $33.7m funding round for food startup Frichti Existing investors Alven Capital and Idinvest Partners also participated in the funding round for the French business. Frichti will use the funding to expand beyond Paris to other European cities. Read more on TechCrunch

22 May 2017 - 16:55

Wise sells menswear brand Boglioli to PHI Industrial Acquisitions Wise, an Italian mid-market private equity firm, has sold its 97% stake in the fashion business. Boglioli is understood to have debts of €15m and had revenues of €24m in 2015. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

23 May 2017 - 8:55

EasyHotel sees half-year revenues rise 21% to £3.1m Trading for the period was slightly ahead of expectations as the company maintained an interim dividend of 0.11 pence per share. "Full year trading is on track to meet the board's expectations," CEO Guy Parsons said. Read more on MarketWatch

22 May 2017 - 17:01

Craft Union Pub Company aims to reach 500 pubs by 2020 The operator has announced ambitious plans to grow its current estate of 122 pubs, having added 31 new sites in the last three months. It aims to reach 170 pubs by September this year. Read more on Imbibe.com

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