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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...

Same problem, different continent: in conversation with HR leaders from around the world

Leadership & Talent

Across the world, hundreds of millions of employees work in consumer-facing industries – many of them involved in the critical work of national survival during the Covid-19 pandemic. The responsibility of keeping these large multi-site workforces safe,...

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People & Profiles

Tackling food poverty and waste: in conversation with Gavin…

It is no secret that retailers, manufacturers, and wholesalers have gone above and beyond to drive social good during the pandemic, rallying together to keep the nation fed in a time of crisis. Indeed, Covid-19 has proved that the food industry can rise...

Leadership & Talent

Same problem, different continent: in conversation with HR leaders…

Across the world, hundreds of millions of employees work in consumer-facing industries – many of them involved in the critical work of national survival during the Covid-19 pandemic. The responsibility of keeping these large multi-site workforces safe,...

Concept & Creative Direction

My new home from home: Dorp (Village in Afrikaans)

We have had a Creative Practice at The MBS Group since the consultancy was founded 30 years ago. The practice has expanded and changed over the years to now include much more than just designers in apparel or home. Today, businesses are looking...

Trends & Emerging Markets

Hospitality’s second wave

The last six months have been the most turbulent and destructive the hospitality, travel and leisure sector has seen in recent memory. Few could have predicted that businesses would be faced with no customers, zero revenue and government imposed...

Tech & Innovation

Why risk aversion to digital will be the death…

Last week, a fashion retailer told me that they’d had to complete a full digital transformation in the space of just four weeks. This feat is part of a wider trend: when it comes to innovation and truly embedding a digital-first mentality into fashion...

Marketing & Strategy

Reopening: Lessons from Stockholm

Throughout Europe, we are gradually seeing the world return to a semblance of normality. Step by step, people are returning to work, visiting restaurants and cafés for takeaway and shopping in non-essential retailers which are opening their doors for the...

Events & Thought Leadership

Thought Leadership

The Phoenixes and Bastions of the consumer sector: how companies have responded to Covid-19

Over the past few years, the world has seen some extraordinary developments that few could have predicted. 2020 has proven to be the pinnacle so far, with Covid-19 generating permanent change in the corporate, political and societal spheres. In the...


Beauty and Covid-19: Where are we now, and what comes next?

This report brings together key themes from conversations with more than 80 CEOs, Chairs, Executive Directors and investors from across the beauty sector. We spoke with industry leaders from fast-growth brands through to the world’s biggest and...

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MBS News


29 September 2020 - 8:39

Hotel Chocolat strikes Hut Group deal to help bolster presence in US Following a dip in profit due to Covid-19, Hotel Chocolat has struck a deal with The Hut Group’s Ingenuity technology arm to expand its footprint in the US. The deal will allow the retailer to grow its online presence. Read more on Retail Week

29 September 2020 - 8:34

B&M raises profit forecast following spike in first-half sales The value-focused retailer expects to post an adjusted EBITDA of approximately £285m for the half year to September 26, outstripping its previously guided range of £250m to £270m. B&M said group revenues have soared 25.3% during the period. Read more on Retail Week

Consumer Goods & Services

29 September 2020 - 8:45

Brand Architekts swings to loss The personal care and beauty products group said it lost £0.8m in FY20 after making £4.4m in FY19. These results came as revenue declined sharply to £23.7m from £77.3m a year earlier. Read more on Fashion Network

29 September 2020 - 8:07

Ryoma takes stake in coffee grinder manufacturer Macap The Ryoma Holding Company, the Italian manufacturer of food equipment, has acquired Macap, a maker of coffee grinders. Macap will join CMA and Univerbar in Ryoma's line-up of brands. Read more on FoodBev

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

29 September 2020 - 8:11

Henri Lloyd shifts business model towards D2C The menswear clothing brand Henri Lloyd has shifted its business model away from third-party retailers and distributors. The company has said customers should save around 40% as a result of this new strategy. Read more on Fashion Network

29 September 2020 - 8:08

Net-A-Porter inks deal with Watches & Wonders Net-A-Porter and Mr Porter have signed a strategic deal with the luxury watches fair Watches & Wonders, that will see the watch exhibition brought to life online and through a variety of touchpoints. Read more on Fashion Network


29 September 2020 - 8:20

Asos unveils first ever circular fashion line Following a collaboration with Centre for Sustainable Fashion, Asos has launched its first circular fashion collection. The new line features 29 trend-led clothing & accessory items designed with sustainable, circularity principles. Read more on Retail Gazette

29 September 2020 - 8:19

Exotec raises $90m for its warehouse robots The France-based startup has raised a $90m Series C round led by 83North, with existing investors Capital and Breega also participating. The company, which raised $17m in 2018 and $3.8m in 2016, plans to product 4,000 robots a year by 2021. Read more on TechCrunch

Private Equity

29 September 2020 - 8:31

EQT buys ingredients business in €800m deal Private equity fund EQT will acquire Natural Colors, a maker of colourings and ingredients, in a deal worth €800m. Natural Colors is a subsidiary of Chr. Hansen, a global bioscience company based in Denmark. Read more on Food Ingredients First

28 September 2020 - 8:27

3i takes majority stake in GartenHaus for £60m 3i has taken a majority stake in GartenHaus. Based in the DACH region, GartenHaus is an online house and garden retailer. The funding will allow the business to grow its product range and expand internationally. Read more on Real Deals

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

29 September 2020 - 8:35

Greggs resumes store opening programme The bakery chain has reinstated its store opening plans after improved trading in September. Greggs has said that like-for-like sales in company-managed shops recovered to 76% of 2019 levels during the four weeks to September 26. Read more on Retail Week

29 September 2020 - 8:24

Pizza Hut Restaurants secures CVA approval The company voluntary arrangement includes the closure of 29 sites and the loss of 450 jobs. Following the restructure, the UK franchise business has around 215 restaurants, with 5,000 jobs preserved. Read more on MCA Insight

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