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Leadership & Talent

Programmes like Comeback to HTL are a fantastic way for people to gain advice about returning to a once successful career or enquiring about switching to a different sector...

London: Our great incubator of knowledge and disruption

Tech & Innovation

The world is not standing still and what I learnt in June is that neither is London. Prime Ministers may come and go, and the way we do business may be changing, as many retailers can testify, but the winners will always be the creative disruptors who...

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People & Profiles

Jo Whitfield: The Northern Star of grocery retail

Co-op’s CEO of Food and this year’s Veuve Clicquot BWA winner, Jo Whitfield has taken the grocery world by storm, and is an inspiration to women in the sector and...

Leadership & Talent

Women in Hospitality: Comeback to HTL

Programmes like Comeback to HTL are a fantastic way for people to gain advice about returning to a once successful career or enquiring about switching to a different sector...

Concept & Creative Direction

From 501 to 2019: The Levi’s story

Earlier this month, Levi’s filed the paperwork for an initial public offering at the New York Stock Exchange. If the IPO gets away, it will be the second time the 165-year-old behemoth – known the world over for its iconic blue jeans – has gone...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Staying Sustainable: Hotels and the environment

As the trend for travellers to seek more niche experiences - often in some of the world’s most untouched and bio-diverse environments continues - the role of hoteliers as the gatekeepers of these spaces is becoming increasingly...

Tech & Innovation

London: Our great incubator of knowledge and disruption

The world is not standing still and what I learnt in June is that neither is London. Prime Ministers may come and go, and the way we do business may be changing, as many retailers can testify, but the winners will always be the creative disruptors who...

Marketing & Strategy

The role of consumer brands in redefining social conscience

As Generation Z’s come of age and the purchasing power of millennials rises, the value of positive brand messaging will become priceless. With their huge customer bases and wide marketing reach, blue-chip brands are well placed to address pressing...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Women in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure

Diversity in the Hospitality, Travel & Leisure sectors

The MBS Group has been championing diversity in our sectors for over thirty years, so we were delighted to be asked to join forces with the WiH2020 initiative and PwC on the latest report on diversity in the Hospitality, Travel & Leisure (HTL)...

 

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...

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MBS News

Retail

16 July 2019 - 16:12

Inditex pledges total fabric sustainability by 2025 at AGM Zara's ‘Join Life’ label currently offers clothing made from sustainable fabric. However, by 2020, the Spanish retailer will have invested $3.5m in its textile recycling program to minimise waste and reuse more materials across its entire supply chain. Read more on WWD

16 July 2019 - 15:44

John Lewis’ own-brand labels boost summer sales The retailer saw a 7.2% increase in total fashion sales last week, with sales up 1.3% compared to the same week in 2018. The boost was attributed to a 6.6% increase in year-on-year sales of John Lewis’ own-brand fashion. Read more on Drapers

Consumer Goods & Services

16 July 2019 - 15:58

UK Government grants £500m to Jaguar Land Rover to drive EV development As part of the government’s promise to reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, U.K. Export Finance is supporting Jaguar’s venture in electrified vehicle development. Jaguar plans to provide electric versions of all its models by 2020. Read more on engadget

16 July 2019 - 15:53

Bühler and Givaudan partner to support startups in Switzerland The Swiss technology company for processing equipment and the world-renowned creators of flavours and fragrances are working together to improve access to food startups. They will host and advise entrepreneurs in newly opened innovation centres. Read more on FoodBev

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

16 July 2019 - 16:05

New Carnaby location for Raeburn store Following the success of its King’s Cross pop-up, the British brand will set up in Carnaby Street in August. The new central London location will display new collections as well as hosting events and workshops during the initial six-month residency. Read more on Drapers

16 July 2019 - 16:03

Browns launches activewear division The new department will showcase 33 brands, from Nike to Versace Active to an exclusive collection by Misbhv. The British retailer aims to provide performance wear for a variety of sports and lifestyles, including yoga and cycling. Read more on WWD

Digital

16 July 2019 - 16:21

Amazon offers vouchers in exchange for tracking activity U.S. shoppers received a $10 voucher in exchange for their usage data to train Amazon's Assistant as part of ‘Prime Day’. The Assistant, which has over 7 million users, is a browser add-on that compares online retailers’ prices with Amazon’s. Read more on Reuters

16 July 2019 - 16:15

Budget hotel company OYO acquires co-working startup The Indian company, which has received $1bn of investment in ten months, paid $30m for Innov8 to operate as the OYO Workspaces premium option. The spaces will offer discount season passes and services including housekeeping. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

16 July 2019 - 8:13

Gousto secures a £30m cash injection The funding round was led by private equity firm Perwyn and brings the meal kit delivery company's total funds to over £100m. Gousto is reportedly on track to deliver 400 million meals by 2025. Read more on The Grocer

15 July 2019 - 16:16

Palladium’s fifth fund closes at $1.56bn The fund has already invested in two US-based distributors in the food industry and a specialty materials business. The New York-based private equity firm closed its fourth fund at $1.14 billion in 2014. Read more on PE Hub

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

16 July 2019 - 16:00

Domino’s Pizza U.S. sees same-store sales grow by 2.1% at company owned outlets Sales at franchise stores increased by 3.1% in the quarter ended 16th June, slower than analysts predicted. The slowdown resulted from Domino’s efforts to improve delivery times by rapidly opening stores near existing sites. Read more on Reuters

16 July 2019 - 8:09

Sales up at Fulham Shore The operator of pizza chain Franco Manca reported a sales increase of 17% to £64m in the year to 31 March, as profit before tax reached £1.4m. During the period, Fulham Shore opened four new Franco Manca sites and closed one. Read more on Propel Hospitality

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