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Health, Care & Wellbeing

Yoga isn’t just yoga anymore; it’s hot yoga, aerial yoga and yin yoga. There’s even face yoga, laughter yoga and circus yoga, whatever they are!  Likewise, pilates can come in a dizzying array of shapes and forms. Even barre, which itself started...

The Drop: a lesson in artificial scarcity and cool

Fashion & Luxury

A few months ago, one Thursday at about 10.30am, I was walking down Peter Street in Soho and noticed a queue of young people outside a fairly anonymous looking building. I looked up and saw the name Supreme, put two and two together, and worked out that...

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People & Profiles

Building a Beauty Empire: The Estée Lauder story

If you could picture Estée Lauder herself looking down at her eponymous company from above, you’d have to imagine that she would be pleased by the view. After all, the self-proclaimed ‘Kennedy of the beauty world’ came from humble...

Leadership & Talent

Redefining The CDO: The rise of the chief data…

Last winter, Sainsbury’s appointed Andrew Day as their Chief Data Officer. Such a significant C-suite appointment – one that was historically a subset of IT or marketing (and a first for the UK grocery sector) merits analysis. Why a Chief Data...

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

Boutique and Bespoke: the present and future of the…

Yoga isn’t just yoga anymore; it’s hot yoga, aerial yoga and yin yoga. There’s even face yoga, laughter yoga and circus yoga, whatever they are!  Likewise, pilates can come in a dizzying array of shapes and forms. Even barre, which itself started...

Tech & Innovation

AltSchool: The tech sector’s answer to Montessori

As the parent of three children, one of whom is navigating his way through secondary school, I’m always happy to see leading entrepreneurs openly talk about the important of adapting education prepare students for the future. My youngest is a...

Marketing & Strategy

How Does Bricks and Mortar Retail Survive in a…

In Wednesday’s budget, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond acknowledged one of the most pressing issues facing British retailers: “Business rates raise £25 billion per year…so we cannot abolish them. “But, it is certainly...

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


28 March 2017 - 16:07

Ahold Delhaize reports €22.3m share buyback The Dutch retailer bought over a million shares between the 20th and 24th of March, bringing the total share buyback figure to 13.2m shares, valued ay €266.7m. This forms part of a larger share buyback planned to reach €1bn. Read more on European Supermarket Magazine

28 March 2017 - 16:05

Jacamo announces new partnership with Asos to attract more millennials The menswear retailer is looking to reposition its brand in the coming years to appeal to a younger demographic. Jacamo will offer 25 pieces on Asos, with a plan to rollout further if the trial proves successful. Read more on Retail Gazette

Consumer Goods & Services

28 March 2017 - 16:03

Granarolo buys majority stake in Brazilian importer Allfood The deal is Granarolo's second investment in two years Brazil after it bought a stake Yema in 2015. The deal will create synergies which will allow Granarolo to become a leader in the production and importation of European food products to Brazil. Read more on FoodBev

28 March 2017 - 8:14

HelloFresh announces partnership with Sainsbury’s to sell meal kits in-store The agreement will see the meal kits rolled out to 35 stores in London and the South East, with the ultimate plan to introduce them nationwide. This comes after the company ran a successful pop-up in Old Street this month. Read more on The Grocer

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

28 March 2017 - 16:38

Italian fashion house Elisabetta Franchi opens French and Spanish flagships The new stores, based in Paris and Madrid, will be the first in their respective countries for the apparel label. The company currently operates 72 direct units, 22 of which are in Italy, as well as distributing to over a thousand stores worlwide. Read more on WWD

28 March 2017 - 8:02

Mulberry announces 3rd April launch date of new Asia-focused company The new company is a partnership with Chalice Limited that will operate the group's businesses in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China. As part of the launch Mulberry plans significant investments in Asia, including new store openings in Shanghai. Read more on Fashion Network


28 March 2017 - 16:33

Tencent buys 5% stake in Tesla for US$1.78bn The deal is part of the Chinese tech giant's wider investment strategy, with the company buying stakes in a variety of sectors over the last year. Tesla recently completed a US$1.2bn fundraising drive earlier this month. Read more on Venture Beat

28 March 2017 - 16:30

Facebook debuts stories feature in main app Facebook originally introduced a similar feature for Instagram in 2016. The new tool will allow users to take photos, add effects and then share the result. This marks the end of Stories' rollout, and the feature is now live on all of the company's apps. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

28 March 2017 - 15:58

The Strauss Group buys out TPG to take full ownership of Strauss Coffee The Israeli-based company has bought the 25.1% stake held by TPG Capital since 2008 for €257m. Strauss Group CEO and president Gadi Lesin noted that coffee was a core sector for the company, and the move would create operational value for the business. Read more on FoodBev

27 March 2017 - 15:55

CapVest confirms agreement to acquire Karro Food Group from Endless Although exact figures have not been disclosed, The Grocer estimates the price to be around £180m. Pork processor Karro was bought by Endless in 2013, and returned to profit in 2014, posting EBITDA of £26.6m. Read more on The Grocer

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

28 March 2017 - 16:16

Thomas Cook reports 10% rise in Summer bookings year-on-year The growth is driven by strong demand for the holiday company's Turkish, Greek and Egyptian offerings. CEO Peter Frankhauser noted that customer demand for holidays abroad is returning after a difficult and turbulent 2015. Read more on Evening Standard

28 March 2017 - 16:11

Hostelworld reports revenue of €80.5m for 2016 The results are strong in the face of current pressures on the travel industry, and Hostelworld shares rose by 6.29% after the announcement. The financial announcement marks the businesses' first full-year as a publicly listed company. Read more on Digital Look

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