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Leadership & Talent

The success of companies with pan-European operations and commercial contracts often hinges on the ability of employees to move around Europe freely. Following Brexit, this free movement is not...

Tech Q&A: GoCompare CEO Matthew Crummack on the future of comparison

Digital

In the latest edition of the Tech Q&A series, MBS’s Stephen Rosenthal talks with Matthew Crummack, CEO of GoCompare.com Group plc (‘GoCompare’), the Newport-headquartered tech company behind disruptive brands like comparison website GoCompare,...

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People & Profiles

The Fruit and Veg King

Panzer's today, after its major refit, is back to being an iconic brand and now boasts chefs and a fully functioning kitchen in the basement. With an excellent delivery service, customers can buy on credit or pay on a monthly basis. David Josephs' next...

Leadership & Talent

Mobile Britons: will Brexit restrict expats?

The success of companies with pan-European operations and commercial contracts often hinges on the ability of employees to move around Europe freely. Following Brexit, this free movement is not...

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: GoCompare CEO Matthew Crummack on the future…

In the latest edition of the Tech Q&A series, MBS’s Stephen Rosenthal talks with Matthew Crummack, CEO of GoCompare.com Group plc (‘GoCompare’), the Newport-headquartered tech company behind disruptive brands like comparison website GoCompare,...

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

Retail

18 January 2019 - 17:45

Walmart to remain part of CVS pharmacy network The retail giant reached an agreement with CVS Health Corp that would prevent it from leaving the network for commercial and prescription drug plans, after the companies fail to agree on pricing. Read more on ES Magazine

18 January 2019 - 8:38

The Entertainer records a rise in festive sales In the five weeks to 29 December, the toy retailer reported a 22.4% rise in total sales. The Entertainer’s website, TheToyShop.com, also had success over the period with a 51.5% rise in sales. Read more on Retail Week

Consumer Goods & Services

18 January 2019 - 17:58

Cargill invests $200m in Pakistan business The investment will scale up its activities in oilseeds crushing, edible oils, animal feed and dairy. Cargill is particularly interested in using the capital to fund innovations to support Pakistan's dairy industry. Read more on FoodBev

18 January 2019 - 17:52

Mahabis slipper brand purchased by YYX Capital James Cox, co-head of YYX Capital will be taking over The upmarket slipper company as interim CEO. Mahabis which launched in 2014, was said to be valued at £100m. Read more on Retail Week

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

17 January 2019 - 16:47

Rhianna to launch eponymous luxury fashion label With other successes including Fenty Beauty and her Savage x Fenty lingerie line, Rhianna is preparing to launch her own brand in collaboration with LVMH - the world's biggest fashion conglomerate. Read more on Fashion Network

17 January 2019 - 16:43

Premium shoe brand Air & Grace sees revenue rise For the 12 months to 31 December, the company reported a 100% increase in revenue and an 800% rise in net profits. Founded in 2014, Air & Grace is stocked in 30 independent boutiques across the UK. Read more on Drapers

Digital

18 January 2019 - 8:49

Amazon makes it debut in the cosmetics market Following on from the success of its own-brand fashion labels, Amazon has launched its own make-up collection under its Find brand. The cosmetics cannot be purchased individually, rather as part of a ‘bundle’ of complimentary items. Read more on Fashion Network

17 January 2019 - 16:39

Vodafone and IBM announce new $550m venture The two companies will build and deliver solutions in areas like mobile data and voice connectivity, mobile broadband, IoT and 5G services. The agreement is not dissimilar to a deal IBM made with Apple several years ago. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

18 January 2019 - 8:17

BBF desserts manufacturer secures £40m Provided by Wells Fargo Capital Finance, BBF intends to use the capital to support its future growth plans. BBFs cakes and desserts are stocked in several UK food retailers including Tesco, Sainsburys, Asda, M&S, Aldi and Lidl. Read more on Private Equity Wire

17 January 2019 - 8:14

Private equity firm Apax secures $200m stake in Fractal Analytics The AI Technology Company services include a health-care imaging tool and augmented intelligence tools for the retail sector. In 2018, Fractal Analytics saw its sales total $100m. Read more on PE News

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

17 January 2019 - 16:11

Soho House to launch 1950s-inspired budget motels across the UK Soho House & Co's portfolio includes private members clubs, hotels and restaurants. The company is also set to open a site in LA this spring, and Paris and Milan in 2020. Read more on The Caterer

17 January 2019 - 16:03

NewRiver beer volumes rise across pub estate The group has reported a 10.2% increase in beer volumes across its 671 pub portfolio in the two weeks to 31 December. NewRiver works closely with its pubs to create value and drive performance. Read more on MCA Insight

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