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Consumer Products

When prepared food and ready meals burst onto our shelves in the 1950s, they were revolutionary. As food writer Michael Fort notes, they were ‘impossibly exotic and exciting, they were magical things’. But, that image has surely changed. A decade ago,...

Houston, does cinema have a problem?

Travel & Leisure

One of my favourite things to do on a Sunday evening at 6pm is to walk up the road to the Everyman Cinema, sit down on a plush sofa with cushions, order supper to my seat and watch a movie. It’s the best way to end the week. In a busy world with...

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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

The ready to eat revolution

When prepared food and ready meals burst onto our shelves in the 1950s, they were revolutionary. As food writer Michael Fort notes, they were ‘impossibly exotic and exciting, they were magical things’. But, that image has surely changed. A decade ago,...

Tech & Innovation

The Grey Pound Goes Digital

There is a slice of the ecommerce sector that has, as yet, been left relatively untapped. Over-60’s, like the rest of the population, are moving ever more of their lives online, filtering them through screens and lenses (and Instagram filters). The...

Marketing & Strategy

The Grey Pound Goes Digital

There is a slice of the ecommerce sector that has, as yet, been left relatively untapped. Over-60’s, like the rest of the population, are moving ever more of their lives online, filtering them through screens and lenses (and Instagram filters). The...

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

25 April 2017 - 8:03

New Arcadia multi-brand chain Outfit plans high street debut next month The retailer will occupy a former BHS unit in Newcastle with plans to open more sites in Liverpool and Barnsley in the coming months. This is a change of strategy for the 77-strong company which usually operates as an out-of-town retailer. Read more on Retail Gazette

25 April 2017 - 7:57

Carpetright posts Q4 like-for-like UK sales growth of 1.4% The company also saw its Rest of Europe division report a sales increase of 1.4% for the 12 weeks to 22nd April. it has been carrying out a refurbishment programme across its portfolio, with 188 stores now trading under its new brand identity. Read more on The Retail Bulletin

Consumer Goods & Services

25 April 2017 - 8:22

US Foods acquires FirstClass Foods for undisclosed sum California-based meat manufacturer FirstClass Foods had around US$55m in sales in 2016. US Foods sees the purchase as an opportunity to expand its centre of the plate offering. Read more on Food Business Review

25 April 2017 - 8:11

2 Sisters to invest £5m in frozen fish business Five Star Fish after new M&S contract The company plans to renovate and expand its existing Grimsby facility with the funds, including constructing new fish processing lines. Five Star Fish was acquired by 2 Sisters in 2010 and started to supply retailers two years later. Read more on Food Manufacture

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

25 April 2017 - 8:56

Mytheresa.com announces partnership with Miu Miu for new capsule collection The spring 2017 collection will feature ready-to-wear as well as handbags and footwear and will launch on 26th April. As part of the launch Mytheresa.com has partnered with director Danny Sangra to produce a new short film. Read more on WWD

25 April 2017 - 8:39

JAB Luxury announces that Bally and Belstaff are up for sale The company is pivoting away from fashion and luxury to focus on its coffee and leisure investments. JAB announced yesterday that it was seeking a buyer for Jimmy Choo as part of the restructure. Read more on Fashion Network

Digital

24 April 2017 - 16:24

LinkedIn breaches 500 million user mark LinkedIn previously announced it had reached 400 million members in October 2015, with its users spread across 200 countries. The company was acquired by Microsoft in a US$26bn deal last year. Read more on Venture Beat

24 April 2017 - 16:21

Netflix announces plans to raise €1bn through debt offering to invest in new content The new funds will be used to back new content as well as support capital expenditures and potential acquisitions. The streaming giant made an identical debt offering six months ago, available to qualified institutional buyers outside of the US. Read more on Venture Beat

Private Equity

24 April 2017 - 16:19

Bloomberg reports that Advent International, CVC Capital Partners and InvestIndustrial have reached the next round of Body Shop bidding In addition to the private equity firms Brazilian beauty products company Natura Cosmeticos has made the final shortlist. They progress to the next stage of bidding, with binding bids from potential buyers due in early June. Read more on Real Deals

24 April 2017 - 16:17

Mobeus makes £2.9m growth investment in Buster + Punch The home products company is known for its industrial lighting designs in addition to its ranges of hardware and furniture. It sells in over 50 countries and has posted turnover growth of 75% in each of the last two years. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

25 April 2017 - 8:16

Whitbread announce revenue growth of 6.3% to £3.1bn for the year to 2nd March Its Premier Inn hotel chain grew revenues by 8.9% over the year after improvements to and expansion of its portfolio. Overall profits at the company increased by 5.7% to £515.4m and it stated that it would focus on organic growth and efficiency in 2017. Read more on Reuters

25 April 2017 - 8:08

Indian budget hotel chain Oyo Rooms near to US$250m funding target for international expansion The company, India's largest budget hotel chain, is being valued at US$850m by the investment from SoftBank. The valuation is a significant rise from August 2016 when it was valued at US$460m in a previous funding round, also backed by SoftBank. Read more on The Tech Portal

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