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Consumer Goods & Services

With online retail now representing 18% of all sales, we are entering a new world of shopping; one that will again change the way we purchase goods, stock and build retail businesses – that of mass...

What is blockchain and how could it improve supply chains? – Part 2

Consumer Products

There are a couple of things that Walmart stressed to its business partners when it decided to invest time and resources into blockchain. One major factor was that the technology had to work for everyone in the industry regardless of the size of 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

I want it my way: The rise of customisation…

With online retail now representing 18% of all sales, we are entering a new world of shopping; one that will again change the way we purchase goods, stock and build retail businesses – that of mass...

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


10 December 2018 - 8:06

Games Workshop sees predicted rise in first-half sales and profit Much in line with expectations, for the six month period to 2 December sales rose by 14% to £124m and operating profit increased by 6% to reach £41m. The Nottingham-based fantasy games retailer makes 75% of its revenues overseas. Read more on Retail Gazette

10 December 2018 - 8:03

Amazon to open a cashier-free store in London The company opened its first Go store in Seattle in January and two more outlets have followed, as well as three in Chicago and one in San Francisco. The retail giant has plans to open 3,000 cashier-free store over the next three years. Read more on The Drum

Consumer Goods & Services

10 December 2018 - 8:16

Stan Smith signs lifelong deal with Adidas Originals The tennis player originally partnered with the brand in 1973 to promote a white leather tennis shoe. Now, the shoe comes in several different styles and has become one of Adidas' best-selling sneakers. Read more on WWD

10 December 2018 - 8:13

Danone among investors of farming start-up Agricool Including an investment from Danone’s investment arm, the French urban agriculture start-up Agricool has secured $28m in its latest round. Other investors included Bpifrance Large Venture Fund, Antoine Arnault via Marbeuf Capital and Solomon Hykes. Read more on FoodBev

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

10 December 2018 - 8:38

Canadian athleisure brand Lululemon sees strong growth Driven by menswear, online sales and a strong performance in Asia Pacific, the brand's revenue leapt 21% to $747.7m in the third quarter ended 28 October. This brings the company closer to reaching its goal of $4bn in annual revenue by 2020. Read more on Drapers

7 December 2018 - 8:40

Givenchy opens its first London flagship store Located on New Bond Street, the store is a mash-up of the original 18th century features of the building and more modern touches included pastel coloured walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Read more on Retail Gazette


10 December 2018 - 8:33

Uber files for highly anticipated IPO This comes as its competitor, Lyft Inc announced on Thursday it had filed for an IPO. Uber’s valuation in its most recent private financing was $76bn and is estimated to be worth $120bn in an IPO. Read more on Reuters

10 December 2018 - 8:29

Ride-hailing firm Grab invests £100m into India’s OYO budget hotels This was part of a $1bn Series E round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund. So far, Grab's investments include bike-sharing startup oBike, grocery delivery service HappyFresh and its $100m acquisition of offline payment network Kudo. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

10 December 2018 - 8:42

Serruya Private Equity and Lion Capital acquire Global Franchise Group The company owns Great American Cookies, Round Table Pizza and other retail food brands. It oversees about 1,500 franchised and corporate locations, mostly in North America, Latin America and Asia. Read more on PE Hub

7 December 2018 - 8:43

21 Invest France reaches final close on its fifth fund of €230m 21 Invest France will continue to fund businesses within the health, digital/technology, business services and consumer/leisure sectors valued between €50m and €200m. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

10 December 2018 - 8:58

Thomas Cook to expanding its worldwide route network with partnerships The airline has signed interline deals with Liat and airBaltic. With Lait, new destinations include Dominica, Guyana, St. Kitts & Nevis, Casties/St. Lucia and St. Vincent & the Grenadines. airBaltic offers journeys to Tallinn in Estonia and Riga in Latvia. Read more on Breaking Travel News

10 December 2018 - 8:21

Hollywood Bowl reports strong performance For the full year ended 30 September, the ten-pin bowling operator saw like-for-like sales increase by 1.8% as total revenues rose by 5.8%, to £120.5m, while group adjusted EBITDA increased by 8.3% to £36.2m. Read more on MCA Insight

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