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Weekly Column

It was not all that long ago when the topic of health and safety was synonymous with a stuffy, clipboard-clad employee in a hard hat. In Britain at least, we are used to the stereotypical notions of health and safety slowing things down – one only has...

On the front line: our sector’s food charities fighting poverty and tackling food waste

Consumer Products

One of the perks of my job is meeting exceptional individuals who are driving real and lasting change in society. In 2020, in part thanks to our Role Models in Consumer Goods and Grocery report, I had the privilege of getting to know leaders from some of...

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People & Profiles

A busy shopping street

A tumultuous year for retail: in conversation with Helen…

If there were a league table of the holders of the most stressful jobs in retail in 2020, then Helen Dickinson, as CEO of the British Retail Consortium, would be near the top. Representing 170 major retailers, who between them have revenues of £180bn and...

Leadership & Talent

Why healthcare firms should look to the consumer sector…

The consumer healthcare sector is ripe for disruption. As technologies develop and patient expectations change, winning businesses will be those that renew their focus on customer service and evolve their propositions to cater to changing consumer...

Concept & Creative Direction

The show must go on: what do Fashion Weeks…

For years, fashion week season has been the undisputed highlight of the industry’s collective calendar. Despite murmurs of dissatisfaction about its impact on the environment, a low return on investment for labels and the frequent instances of designer...

Trends & Emerging Markets

On the front line: our sector’s food charities fighting…

One of the perks of my job is meeting exceptional individuals who are driving real and lasting change in society. In 2020, in part thanks to our Role Models in Consumer Goods and Grocery report, I had the privilege of getting to know leaders from some of...

Tech & Innovation

The future of AI disruption

The second half of our Leadership Summit with Signal AI and Tortoise Media brought together global experts in AI. Structured across two panels, entitled The Global AI Race and AI Disruptors, this section of the event explored the future of AI in great...

Marketing & Strategy

Vision-led leadership and conscious consumption: in conversation with Cora…

Two weeks ago, The MBS Group hosted a behind-closed-doors conversation with three of the brightest minds in corporate sustainability and ethical fashion. Looking to deep-dive into what consumers care about, and a brand’s responsibilities to its...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

Role Models in Consumer Goods and Grocery: conversations with inspiring leaders from across the sector

Role Models in Consumer Goods and Grocery

The MBS Group is delighted to present Role Models in Consumer Goods and Grocery, produced in partnership with IGD. Last year, together with IGD and PwC, we launched a first-of-its-kind report into the state of D&I within the consumer goods and grocery...


Women to Watch and Advocates for Change in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Index 2020

The MBS Group is once again delighted to partner with WiHTL to launch the Women to Watch and Advocates for Change in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Index for 2020.   Following on from last year’s inaugural Index, this publication aims to...

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MBS News


15 January 2021 - 8:06

Nisa trials inflatable barriers to encourage social distancing The convenience store business is trialling new inflatable barriers to ensure customers stick to social distancing guidelines when shopping in store. Staff are able to remotely and instantly inflate the barriers when the store is at capacity. Read more on Retail Gazette

15 January 2021 - 8:03

JD Sports and Authentic Brands in talks to team up for Topshop According to reports, JD Sports and Authentic Brands are considering a joint bid for Topshop. Authentic Brands is the US owner of Forever 21 and the department store chain Barneys. Read more on Fashion United

Consumer Goods & Services

15 January 2021 - 8:08

Lipari Foods buys US food importer Tut’s International Lipari Foods, a US-based distributor, manufacturer and importer of food products, has acquired the assets of Tut’s International Export & Import Co. Tut’s serves more than 3,000 grocery retail customers in the US. Read more on FoodBev

15 January 2021 - 8:07

Revenues at Bakkavor hit by Covid-19 Bakkavor, which supplies sandwiches to supermarkets, has reported a 4.9% dip in 2020 revenue after food-to-go sale volumes were hit by commuters working from home. A large fall in China sales during the pandemic saw revenues hit by 21.6% in the region. Read more on Evening Standard

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

15 January 2021 - 8:11

Signet Jewelers updates guidance following strong Christmas After online sales soared over the Christmas period, Signet Jewelers has increased its fourth-quarter guidance. The company now expects its fourth-quarter sales to reach between $2.10bn and $2.12bn. Read more on WWD

15 January 2021 - 8:09

Mango moves into homeware The debut collection will focus on soft furnishings for the bedroom, living room and bathroom, while products for the kitchen and dining room will be added from the autumn/winter 2021 season. Read more on Fashion United


15 January 2021 - 8:16

Google completes Fitbit acquisition Following regulatory scrutiny, Google has announced that its acquisition of the healthtech firm Fitbit is complete. The deal valued Fitbit at $2.1bn. Read more on TechCrunch

15 January 2021 - 8:14

Sales slide at N Brown The online retail group, which owns brands including JD Williams, Simply Be, Ambrose Wilson, Jacamo and Home Essentials, has posted a 8.8% decline in group revenue for the 18 weeks to 2 January. Read more on Retail Week

Private Equity

15 January 2021 - 8:26

Magenta Partners invests in luxury ethical furniture brand Maker&Son has secured funding from Magenta Partners to support its continued growth. Maker&Son is a UK-based furniture brand that aims to disrupt the market with its sustainable and ethical products. Read more on Real Deals

14 January 2021 - 8:39

Hain Celestial sells UK fruit business to PE firm The US food group has sold its UK fruit business Orchard House to the British PE firm Elaghmore. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more on Just Food

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

15 January 2021 - 8:20

Itsu aims for 50% plant-based menu The healthy Asian food chain has launched a new vegan offer as it strives to make 50% of its menu plant-based. Read more on Propel Hospitality

15 January 2021 - 8:18

Norwegian simplifies business structure and moves away from long-haul The low-cost airline Norwegian has outlined a streamlined business structure which includes abandoning all long-haul flights. The company said it would focus on its core Nordics business, operating a European short-haul network. Read more on Breaking Travel News

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