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Tech & Innovation

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...

As Farfetch shows, the future of fashion lies in technology

Fashion & Luxury

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...

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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

KPMG’s 2017 CEO Outlook

This report reveals insights from nearly 1,300 CEOs in ten of the world's largest economies and finds that market disruption is now a fact of life for company...

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

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

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 June 2017 - 8:14

Sears Canada undertakes major restructuring plan The department store chain has filed for protection from creditors as it aims to implement a long-term strategy focused on selling discounted designer labels and low-priced apparel under the Sears brand. Read more on Nasdaq

23 June 2017 - 8:10

Footwear retailer Brantano puts intellectual property assets up for sale The move comes after Brantano went into administration in March. "Brantano is highly recognised and, as a result, a very valuable brand," said Morven Fraser of Metis Partners, which is bringing the assets to market. Read more on Retail Gazette

Consumer Goods & Services

23 June 2017 - 16:24

Coca-Cola invests £39m in automating UK facility The investment by Coca-Cola European Partners is aimed at improving automation and boosting capacity at its Sidcup storage facility. Last year the facility's can capacity was doubled after a £16.6m investment in a new production line. Read more on FoodBev Media

23 June 2017 - 8:20

Unilever hails ‘biggest laundry breakthrough in a decade’ with new product launch The FMCG group is this week launching Persil Powergems, a new kind of detergent that is neither powder nor liquid, but instead comprises a new crystal formulation. The project represents an €18m investment in research, development and marketing. Read more on Reuters

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

23 June 2017 - 16:45

Yoox partners with augmented reality camera app Lumyer for ‘trying on’ service The deal means that shoppers on the Yoox site can use AR to see themselves 'trying on' handbags, sunglasses and jewellery. The images can also be shared on social media and the products can be purchased directly on smartphones. Read more on Fashion Network

23 June 2017 - 8:36

Former Ralph Lauren executive Jerome Espinos launches new accessories label The Paris-based brand, Violet Thomas, is set to launch its own ecommerce store today that will focus on a small range of targeted products. Jerome is the former president of footwear at Ralph Lauren. Read more on WWD

Digital

23 June 2017 - 16:56

YouTube’s premium streaming service expands to more US markets YouTube TV, the $35 per month service, is expanding to ten more US cities and regions. The service launched in April offering streaming live TV and DVR functionality to five major cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. Read more on TechCrunch

23 June 2017 - 8:23

Uber to offer McDonald’s deliveries in the UK The fast food company is launching its 'McDelivery' trial after partnering with Uber's food delivery service, UberEats. The trial will launch from 22 outlets across London and another 10 restaurants in Leeds and Nottingham. Read more on The Guardian

Private Equity

23 June 2017 - 16:18

YY Inc and Genesis Capital lead $70m investment round in Chinese dating app Tantan SAIF and Zhongwei Capital also participated in the Series D round. Founded in 2014, Tantan now has 90 million registered users and is viewed as a social network, as well as a dating platform. Read more on PE Hub Network

23 June 2017 - 8:45

Private equity firm L1 reportedly interested in Holland & Barrett According to a report by Retail Week, the firm is weighing up a possible bid for the health retailer. Yesterday it was reported that Superdrug owner AS Watson has also expressed interest in the company, which has been put up for sale by parent NBTY. Read more on Retail Week

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

23 June 2017 - 16:38

IHG unveils plans for new mid-scale brand The hotel group said the as yet unnamed brand would be priced cheaper than its Holiday Inn Express brand and would target guests who want "the basics done exceptionally well". The first hotels will be under construction by 2018. Read more on Travel Mole

23 June 2017 - 8:40

Qatar Airways aims to buy 10% of American Airlines The unsolicited bid is worth at least $808m, according to a regulatory filing. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said: "While anyone can purchase our shares in the open market, we aren't particularly excited about Qatar's outreach." Read more on Financial Times

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