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People, leadership & talent

Years ago, I was on the team of external advisors tasked with replacing the old guard at Sainsbury’s. I knew Sara Weller, who at the time was Co-Managing Director at Sainsbury’s and had a formidable reputation. But it has only been through...

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Maybe he’s born with it. Maybe it’s male cosmetics?

Concepts, marketing & creative direction

In July, Carnaby Street welcomed a new tenant. At number 29, the store has been immaculately fitted with dark wood floors, glass partitions and a velvet green sofa, and on display is an array of makeup and skincare products. The only thing setting 29...

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People, leadership & talent

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Seeing difference as strength: in conversation with Sara Weller,…

Years ago, I was on the team of external advisors tasked with replacing the old guard at Sainsbury’s. I knew Sara Weller, who at the time was Co-Managing Director at Sainsbury’s and had a formidable reputation. But it has only been through...

Trends, strategy & emerging markets

“All the world’s a stage, and all the men…

For me, one of the compensations for not living by the sea is the theatres in London. In the years pre-Covid, I usually spent my weekends at one of the theatres or concert halls in the West End or beyond, and there has been many a weekday when I have...

Concepts, marketing & creative direction

A shelf of mat-black men's makeup products.

Maybe he’s born with it. Maybe it’s male cosmetics?

In July, Carnaby Street welcomed a new tenant. At number 29, the store has been immaculately fitted with dark wood floors, glass partitions and a velvet green sofa, and on display is an array of makeup and skincare products. The only thing setting 29...

Tech & innovation

A billboard with the words "how are you feeling?" written on it.

Wear your feelings: how Generation Z is forcing brands…

Last month, the 24-year-old US gymnast Simone Biles made headlines by stepping down from the all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics. “Simone Biles has withdrawn to focus on her mental health” read the statement from USA Gymnastics. “We...

Diversity & inclusion

How to recruit with diversity at front of mind

In partnership with WiHTL, The MBS Group is delighted to publish the Recruiting for Diversity Toolkit - a 10-point guide best practice when it comes to hiring as a tool for improving organisational diversity and...

ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance)

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In for a penny… In conversation with Pennies CEO,…

Elliott Goldstein catches up with Alison Hutchinson CBE, Chief Executive of...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Inclusion at the core of recovery: the WiHTL 2021 Annual Report

The MBS Group is delighted to present Inclusion at the core of recovery: the WiHTL 2021 Annual Report bringing you the latest in-depth research on the state of Diversity & Inclusion in the Hospitality, Travel & Leisure industry from The MBS Group,...

 

Recruiting for Diversity

This toolkit, produced by The MBS Group and WiHTL, lays out a series of practical steps that companies can take to ensure their hiring processes, at both workforce and leadership team level, are encouraging D&I. It is not designed as a checklist, nor...

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MBS News

Retail

17 September 2021 - 8:03

Boots unveils new media and marketing agency The health and beauty business has launched a new marketing service to help third-party brands deliver personalised campaigns to customers. Named Boots Media Group, the scheme will allow the retailer's supply partners to create targeted ad campaigns. Read more on Retail Week

17 September 2021 - 8:02

The Body Shop announces plans to adopt an open hiring process in 2022 The beauty retailer has revealed plans to employ entry level retail staff on a first come first served basis starting in 2022. The new system will become a permanent change as part of a wider strategy to eliminate barriers to employment. Read more on Cosmetics Business

Consumer Goods & Services

17 September 2021 - 8:08

Müller returns to profit The dairy giant has posted an operating profit of £17.2m for the year to 31 December 2020, compared to a loss of £73.1m during the previous twelve months. Read more on The Grocer

17 September 2021 - 8:06

PepsiCo to cut virgin plastic use by half in sustainability drive PepsiCo has announced plans to cut its virgin plastic use in half and increase its use of recycled plastic. The multinational consumer firm's plans also include scaling up its SodaStream business globally, in a bid to stop customers buying plastic bottles. Read more on ESM Magazine

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

17 September 2021 - 8:36

Luxury resale site Tradesy eyes expansion Tradesy has secured an additional $67m in funding. The business will use the funds to focus on growth marketing, category expansion and new seller tools. Read more on WWD

17 September 2021 - 8:11

Reiss eyes return to profit as revenues recover The brand’s revenues reached £124.2m for the 30 weeks to 29 August, up 52% from last year and 8% higher than the levels of 2019. As part of its results, Reiss also announced the launch of a new childrenswear collection. Read more on Drapers

Digital

17 September 2021 - 8:18

Facebook ramps up business tools The social media giant has announced a new line-up of features for business owners. The new services make it easier for business owners to reach, chat to and sell to customers. Read more on TechCrunch

17 September 2021 - 8:14

Livestreaming shopping platform Whatnot raises further $150m The platform, which allows collectors to buy and sell things like rare Pokémon cards and Funko Pops through a live streaming service, has closed a $150m Series C round. The round values Whatnot at $1.5bn. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

17 September 2021 - 16:50

Bain Capital acquires Gail’s owner for £200m US private equity player Bain Capital has acquired Gail’s Bakery and The Bread Factory owner Bread Holdings in a deal worth £200m. In its most recent financial year to 29 February 2020, Bread Holdings had total revenues of £116.4m. Read more on Big Hospitality

17 September 2021 - 8:23

CAPZA backs hospitality group Big Mamma Big Mamma, which operates Italian restaurants across four countries, has received backing from private equity firm CAPZA. The funds will be used to expand the group's presence in France. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

17 September 2021 - 8:32

Full-year revenue dips 63% at Soho Coffee Co Covid-imposed travel restrictions have hit sales at Soho Coffee Co. The business reported a 63% downturn in sales for the year ending 31 January 2021. However, the company is now seeing positive growth levels. Read more on Propel Hospitality

17 September 2021 - 8:29

Aviva Investors sells eight-strong pub package Aviva Investors has sold the eight-strong freehold pub package let to Marston’s to a private investor for £20m. According to reports, the buyer is Telereal Trillium, one of the largest privately-owned property companies in the UK. Read more on Propel Hospitality

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