MBS Intelligence

Arts, Culture & Not-for-Profit

Great public institutions that have traditionally been able to rely on government and arts council funding are increasingly needing to find ways of self-sufficiency. The best museums around the world have cottoned on that their shops can not only act as...

Tech Q&A: Channel 4 Chief Human Resources Officer Caroline Ross on driving culture, diversity and “Born Risky” through technology and innovation


In the latest in his Tech Q&A series, MBS’s Stephen Rosenthal sat down with Caroline Ross, chief human resources officer at Channel 4 to discuss how technology is changing the way human resource directors can work, protect and enhance the...

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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

Founders who can’t stay away – help or hindrance?

Moira Benigson discusses why founders often want to remain involved with their businesses even after selling and installing new management. Should their views still be listened...

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: Channel 4 Chief Human Resources Officer Caroline…

In the latest in his Tech Q&A series, MBS’s Stephen Rosenthal sat down with Caroline Ross, chief human resources officer at Channel 4 to discuss how technology is changing the way human resource directors can work, protect and enhance the...

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


16 November 2018 - 8:52

WH Smith partners with Duty Free Americas for new South American stores Seven stores will open in Rio Galeão - Tom Jobim International Airport, which marks WH Smith's move into the South American market. The retailer currently has 280 stores across 77 airports worldwide. Read more on The Retail Bulletin

15 November 2018 - 16:20

Card Factory’s revenue grows by 3.4%, as online sales jump The company's revenue grew 70.9% in the year-to-date, and up 47.3% in the third quarter. The results meant Card Factory's overall like-for-like performance for the quarter was a 0.4% growth in sales. Read more on Retal Gazette

Consumer Goods & Services

16 November 2018 - 8:47

Sonos Q4 revenue surpasses expectations The wireless speaker and home entertainment systems manufacturer posted revenue of $272.9m in the period, surpassing analyst forecasts of $248.9m. For the year, Sonos reported a loss of $15.6m, and revenue was reported as $1.14bn. Read more on Yahoo News

15 November 2018 - 16:25

Tate & Lyle expands agreement with Azelis distributor Pegged for 1st Jan 2019, the extended partnership will see Tate & Lyle’s low and no-calorie sweeteners and other products fibres to Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia. Read more on FoodBev

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

16 November 2018 - 8:34

Björn Borg sees higher operating profits in Q3 Attributed to to a higher gross profit margin and lower costs, the sports fashion brand raised operating profit to $4.09m, an increase of 16% for the third quarter. Read more on Fashion United

16 November 2018 - 8:03

Tapestry declares quarterly cash dividend The US-based house of luxury accessories and lifestyle brands announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.3375 per common share. The dividend will be payable on 31 December 2018. The company’s portfolio includes Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman. Read more on Fashion United


16 November 2018 - 8:30

Revenues up and profit nearly doubles at Nvidia The game developer posted a revenue increase of 21% year-on-year to $3.18bn during the three months to the end of October. Net income rose by 47% to $1.23bn during the same quarter. This came as its stock fell as much as 20%. Read more on The Register

15 November 2018 - 16:53

Luxury goods marketplace Italic raised $13m. The funding comes from from Comcast Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Index Ventures, Ludlow Ventures, among others. Yesterday, Italic launched its online marketplace where consumers can purchase luxury products directly from the manufacturer. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

16 November 2018 - 8:07

Private equity firm General Atlantic makes bid for Premiership Rugby The US-based firm is the latest private equity buyer to show interest in the sports league. Earlier this year, the the rugby clubs which currently own the division turned down a £275m offer from former Formula One buyer CVC Capital Partners. Read more on Real Deals

15 November 2018 - 8:35

3i Group delivers strong performance For the six months to 30 September, the private equity firm's total return rose 10% to £728m and net asset value per share of rose 7% to 776p in the same period. Operating profit before tax rose 8.7% to £713m. Read more on Shares Magazine

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

15 November 2018 - 16:42

Young’s reports 5.6% increase in like-for-like sales This comes as total revenue rose 8.8% to £156.8m, and the pub chain's EBITDA increased by 4.7% to a half-year record of £40.4m. Like-for-like drink sales grew by 7.4% as food sales remain flat on he same basis. Read more on MCA Insight

15 November 2018 - 16:34

Shares rise for India’s Jet Airways Following a deal with the Tata group, India’s largest conglomerate, Jet shares rose to 30% before settling almost 25% higher at £3.50 - their best closing level since August. Singapore Airlines will also buy out Jet founder Naresh Goyal’s 51% stake. Read more on Reuters

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