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Glossier, the direct-to-consumer beauty brand from Emily Weiss, did not begin with a product – it didn’t even begin with a firm plan to create a product. In Emily’s own words, she didn’t have “some huge technological advancement or patent”...

The alternative asset class looks to alternative investment strategies

Private Equity

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....

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People & Profiles

Q&A: Women in Hospitality 2020 founder Tea Colaianni on…

The most recent research carried out by the Hampton-Alexander Review argued that while significant progress has been made toward the target of 33% of women on FTSE 350 boards by the end of 2020, there is still ‘some way to go’. This finding is echoed...

Leadership & Talent

The return of the veterans: Is retail talent undervalued…

To say 2018 so far has been an interesting year for retail would be an understatement. On the one hand, we have seen retailer after retailer failing (10 retail / restaurant administrations or CVAs in the first half of the year alone) – and many more...

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

The week streaming came of age – and what…

July 2018 – and specifically the past seven days – will, I believe, go down in history as the fundamental moment in which streaming established itself a dominant global technology. A bold prediction perhaps, and a moment that feels considerably less...

Marketing & Strategy

Bringing it home: How brands are thinking differently about…

Wimbledon and a World Cup – what more could you want from a summer? The Jules Rimet trophy would have been nice of course but I don’t think one can complain and (even as a Welshman) watching the country come together is a hugely inspiring...

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


15 August 2018 - 16:23

Edinburgh Woollen Mill owner Philip Day in talks to acquire House of Fraser sites The retail mogul is reportedly holding discussions with landlords over a potential takeover of several stores, with plans to operate them under the Days Department Store banner. House of Fraser was acquired by Sports Direct late last week. Read more on Drapers

15 August 2018 - 8:34

AS Watson launches concept store in China in partnership with L’Oreal Colorlab by Watsons is intended to be an experience-led makeup store. AS Watson has opened three sites so far and plans to reach 50 across China by the end of the year as it moves to capitalise on the strong growth of the cosmetics market. Read more on The Retail Bulletin

Consumer Goods & Services

15 August 2018 - 16:26

Meal replacement brand Soylent set to make its UK debut The California-based business will roll-out its range of meal replacement beverages through Amazon, where they will be exclusively available. Soylent was created in 2013 and has since raised $74.5m. Read more on The Grocer

15 August 2018 - 8:10

Coca-Cola acquires a minority stake in sports drink firm Bodyarmor The US-based sports drink business will continue to operate independently following the acquisition. Coca-Cola is moving to expand its product offering and brand portfolio as consumer behaviour and preferences shift. Read more on FoodBev Media

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

15 August 2018 - 16:34

Macy’s sees strong growth across all three divisions in its latest quarterly results Net income reached $166m in Q2, up from $111m in the same period last year while net sales hit $5.57bn. On the back of the results, the department store has raised its full-year guidance, forecasting earnings per diluted share of between $3.95 and $4.15. Read more on WWD

15 August 2018 - 8:10

Perry Ellis rejects Randa Accessories offer The announcement brings to a close a months-long bidding process to acquire the brand. The company has consented to the offer from shareholder and founder George Feldenkreis. Read more on Business of Fashion


15 August 2018 - 16:30

Notonthehighstreet.com posts full-year profit The ecommerce marketplace cut marketing expenditure over the year to drive profit growth, instead targeting its most loyal customers. Notonthehighstreet named Barrie Seidenberg as its new CEO earlier this year. Read more on Retail Week

15 August 2018 - 7:53

Alibaba to sell Kroger products on Tmall The deal, which will see Kroger's Simple Truth line of products stocked on Alibaba's Tmall platform, represents Kroger's first overseas move. The retailer is the latest in a series of firms to partner with Chinese tech companies to enter the market. Read more on FoodBev Media

Private Equity

15 August 2018 - 16:43

Imbiba-backed Wright & Bell acquires Whyte & Brown Whyte & Brown's operations will now be overseen by Sarah Clark and Alison Wong, Wright & Bell's managing and finance directors respectively. The company confirmed that there are no plans to roll-out Whyte & Brown presently. Read more on MCA

15 August 2018 - 16:36

Avedon Capital Partners exits Dutch gym operator to Bencis The company is a combination of two gym companies that Avedon brought together in 2009, Fit for Free and SportCity. During Avedon's hold revenues doubled and the company grew its estate from 42 gyms to more than 100. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

15 August 2018 - 16:28

Oakman Inns reports like-for-like sales growth of 10% for the 19 weeks to 11th August Wet sales for the period rose by around 9% while food sales climbed by around 12%. The business also saw strong trading at its newly opened pub in Ascot, The Royal Foresters, in which it invested £10m. Read more on MCA

15 August 2018 - 8:09

CG Restaurants & Bars unveils plans to bring Dirty Martini to 20 sites The firm wants its brand to hit the 20-site mark by 2020. The expansion will come primarily from regional growth, with a particular focus on Liverpool, Newcastle and Bristol. Read more on MCA

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