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Marketing & Strategy

January is the month of Christmas trading updates, when we get to see how some of the country’s biggest retailers and high street brands performed over the festive season. So far this year we’ve seen a very mixed picture, with some businesses surging...

Don’t wait for regulation – the most forward-thinking brands are already eco-friendly

Retail

It has been very encouraging to see the UK government put such a focus on environmental protection this week. As part of a new 25-year Environment Plan, Theresa May has pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by the year 2042. Measures include...

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People & Profiles

Tech Q&A: MADE.COM CEO Philippe Chainieux on how to…

In the next in our series of interviews with tech and digital industry leaders, MBS’s Stephen Rosenthal talks market disruption and new approaches to customer engagement with MADE.COM CEO Philippe Chainieux. Ten minutes in MADE.COM’s Soho flagship...

Leadership & Talent

The CEOs of the future may come from unexpected…

It was a great pleasure to welcome William Kim, CEO of AllSaints, as the host of a dinner and roundtable discussion held in partnership with MBS this week. We always like to mix people together and get views from different ends of the spectrum, and that...

Concept & Creative Direction

The denim trend comes and goes, but sustainability is…

I was looking at a photograph of myself when I was 18 and at the beginning of my gap year (which trust me, was a really long time ago!). What struck me was the pair of denim jeans I was wearing: Levi 501’s that had been opened at the bottom to sew in an...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Don’t wait for regulation – the most forward-thinking brands…

It has been very encouraging to see the UK government put such a focus on environmental protection this week. As part of a new 25-year Environment Plan, Theresa May has pledged to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste by the year 2042. Measures include...

Tech & Innovation

Focus on the customer to avoid innovation for innovation’s…

Happy new year. I’ve always found it curious that the most disruptive industry on the planet – consumer technology – still relies on one of the oldest and most established methods to promote itself: the hotel business centre-based...

Marketing & Strategy

Our fast delivery culture shows that today’s consumers call…

January is the month of Christmas trading updates, when we get to see how some of the country’s biggest retailers and high street brands performed over the festive season. So far this year we’ve seen a very mixed picture, with some businesses surging...

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

19 January 2018 - 8:23

Carpetright to focus on ‘long-term repositioning’ amid tough market conditions The business said like-for-like sales fell by 3.6% in the 11 weeks to 13th January, though in the Rest of Europe division (Netherlands, Belgium and the Republic of Ireland) like-for-like sales increased by 4.3% in local currency terms. Read more on Stock Market Wire

19 January 2018 - 8:18

Bonmarché sees significant growth in online sales The value womenswear retailer reported a 35.5% rise in its online sales for the 39 weeks to 30th December, equating to a 0.9% total sales increase. The business posted a 5.5% fall in sales for the 13 weeks to 30 December, but online sales were up by 28.5%. Read more on Drapers

Consumer Goods & Services

19 January 2018 - 8:27

General Mills backs organic food business Urban Remedy The US-based food group was the lead investor in a $17m fundraising round for Urban Remedy, which provides plant-based, ready-to-eat meals and snacks. The investment was made via General Mills' business development and venturing arm 301. Read more on Just-Food

18 January 2018 - 16:48

Evian aims to use only recycled plastic in its bottles by 2025 The Danone-owned water brand said it would achieve the target through pioneering approaches to package redesign and by accelerating its recycling initiatives. The move comes after Evian opened a carbon-neutral production facility in France in September. Read more on FoodBev Media

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

19 January 2018 - 8:42

Luxury watchmaker Audemars to launch second-hand business The Swiss group said it was launching the second-hand business as it looks to tap into the fast-growing market for pre-owned premium watches. The company has tested the concept at one store in Geneva and said it would launch it more widely this year. Read more on Fashion Network

19 January 2018 - 8:38

Beauty industry veteran Catherine Walsh backs new brand Unexpected Beauty Catherine, a former SVP of global marketing at Coty, is working with lifestyle entrepreneur and former model India Hicks on the brand, which promises to combine a simple, natural skincare approach with high-tech innovations. Read more on WWD

Digital

19 January 2018 - 8:31

SoftBank becomes the largest stakeholder in Uber as investment deal closes The deal sees a group of investors led by SoftBank Group acquire a large number of shares from existing Uber investors and employees at a discounted valuation for the company of $48bn. The deal will trigger a number of governance changes at Uber. Read more on Fortune

18 January 2018 - 16:53

Apple pledges to make $350bn investment in US economy over next five years The plans include the creation of 20,000 new jobs over that timeframe and the opening of a new office campus somewhere in the US this year. The plans also include expanding Apple's coding initiatives to help students learn vital coding skills. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

19 January 2018 - 8:48

Quilvest-backed Tortilla sees sales rise 20% to £30.4m last year The Californian burrito and taco restaurant group, which currently operates 39 sites across the UK and Middle East, said restaurant like-for-like sales were up by 7.5% in 2017. The company also reported growth in the delivery side of its business. Read more on MCA

18 January 2018 - 16:43

Quadrant Private Equity acquires Australian confectioner Darrell Lea for $160m The firm has acquired a majority stake from the Quinn family, which acquired the business in 2012 after it was placed into voluntary administration. The company makes brands such as Rocklea Road and Little Brittle. Read more on FoodBev Media

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

19 January 2018 - 8:56

Greggs tests out evening menu The bakery food-to-go chain has announced it is trialling hot food products, aimed at the evening day-part, in 100 sites. The business is trying to build on other trends such as breakfast out-of-home and healthy eating. Read more on MCA

19 January 2018 - 8:51

Wyndham Worldwide to acquire La Quinta for $1.95bn The deal, which is for La Quinta's hotel franchise and hotel management businesses, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. Wyndham is the world's largest hotel business based on number of properties. Read more on Breaking Travel News

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