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Marketing & Strategy

It helps to travel the USA with a curious 16-year-old who loves fashion, film and brands. Isaac is one of my best sources for all things new, so our first stop in Boston was a store called Bodega. No one that I know living in Boston has ever heard of it,...

My annual USA Road Trip, Part I: Panera Bread – a success story we could definitely replicate in the UK

Marketing & Strategy

July is the time of year when I take to the road in the USA in search of new retail concepts and brands that are doing particularly well. This time I was travelling on the East Coast and, as with any road trip, picking the right lunch venue each day is...

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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

Does executive compensation today create the best win-win scenario…

Every day at MBS we are honoured to meet with many diverse candidates, each with a unique narrative, set of achievements and ambitions for the future. However, one area of surprising commonality in our conversations with candidates is in their attitude to...

Concept & Creative Direction

Will Men’s Fashion Week survive?

The menswear fashion shows are all but over and once again, they are showing that the barriers between the genders are continuing to dissolve, and cultural identities are becoming much more fluid. A recent report on London Fashion Week Men’s from last...

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

Data: The next great dividing line between success and…

Spending every day speaking to leaders of businesses of all shapes and sizes, the executive search consultant gets a unique “wood from the trees” view of the common threads, themes and trends impacting entire sectors. Through that lens, it’s clear...

Marketing & Strategy

My annual USA Road Trip, Part II: Secret Shopping…

It helps to travel the USA with a curious 16-year-old who loves fashion, film and brands. Isaac is one of my best sources for all things new, so our first stop in Boston was a store called Bodega. No one that I know living in Boston has ever heard of it,...

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

17 August 2017 - 8:23

Bunnings looks forward to launching more UK stores The Australian retailer, which acquired Homebase in February last year, announced UK sales of £1.2bn in its first full year of trading in the country. The company has so far opened four pilot stores of its Bunnings Warehouse format in the UK. Read more on Retail Week

17 August 2017 - 8:15

Kingfisher sees Screwfix like-for-like sales rise 11% in second quarter Kingfisher credited the strong Screwfix performance to its "leading digital capability" and new ranges. Kingfisher's like-for-like group sales fell 1.9% to £3.14bn in the three months to June, due in part to the disruption caused by restructuring plans. Read more on City AM

Consumer Goods & Services

17 August 2017 - 8:31

Carlsberg grows half-year revenues by 2% to £3.9bn The beer maker said net profit surged by 23% to £281.5m in the first half, due largely to cost savings and growth in emerging sectors. Last month Carlsberg acquired craft beer maker London Fields Brewery. Read more on City AM

17 August 2017 - 8:27

Fiat joins BMW’s self-driving car programme Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has confirmed plans to join a consortium led by BMW and Intel that aims to develop fully self-driving vehicles by 2021. The group aims to become the main industry-wide developer of autonomous cars. Read more on Financial Times

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

17 August 2017 - 8:45

Moose Knuckles plans first North American flagship store The hipster parka brand is due to open its first North American flagship in October at Toronto's Yorkdale Shopping Center. Creative director Steph Hoff said: "Toronto is such a part of today's music and arts scene. It just made sense." Read more on WWD

17 August 2017 - 8:41

L Brands records net sales of $2.8bn for the second quarter The owner of Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works said that comparable store sales, which measures sales at stores open for at least 12 months, declined by 8% in the quarter. Read more on Bloomberg

Digital

17 August 2017 - 8:36

Google acquires image recognition firm AIMatter Founded in Belarus, AIMatter has developed a neural network-based AI platform for detecting and processing images quickly on mobile devices. It is also the firm behind photo and video editing app Fabby. Read more on TechCrunch

16 August 2017 - 16:44

Alibaba and Tencent join other companies in $11.7bn China Unicom investment The two tech giants have joined a list of companies making the investment in China Unicom, the country's second-largest wireless telecom operator. The investment aims to revitalise the fortunes of the state-owned group with private capital. Read more on Financial Times

Private Equity

17 August 2017 - 8:54

NorthEdge Capital backs MBO of Bridge Farm Nurseries The investment gives Bridge Farm an equity value of around £30m. Bridge Farm Nurseries is a producer of ornamental plants, flowers and herbs that works with supermarkets such as Tesco and Aldi under the brand name Neame Lea. Read more on City AM

16 August 2017 - 16:57

Endless backs MBO of UK robotics business Sewtec Endless has taken a majority stake in the business. Sewtec designs and engineers automated manufacturing and packaging systems for clients in the food, pharmaceuticals and consumer products sectors. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

17 August 2017 - 8:51

Ryanair expands routes out of Milan The airline has extended its connecting flights service at Milan Bergamo Airport, adding a further 25 routes. Among the new destinations are Hamburg, Porto, Bratislava and Budapest. Read more on Breaking Travel News

17 August 2017 - 8:49

Dishoom plans new London restaurant The five-strong restaurant group is planning to open a new site in the Barkers Building on Derry Street, just off High Street Kensington, before the end of the year. Read more on MCA

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