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Concept & Creative Direction

One of the most satisfying aspects of what I do is making connections. Last year, I met Erez Galonska, co-founder & CEO, Infarm, a vertical/urban farming company based out of Berlin. Infarm and M&S are partnering to sell fresh produce grown...

A new retail

Retail

Whilst wider macro-economic conditions may be pushing the volume of service-led businesses from a supply-side, demand for these services is, of course, higher than ever...

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People & Profiles

Q&A: By Terry CEO Marion Assuied on brand values,…

I caught up with Marion Assuied, Chief Executive of the premium Parisian cosmetics brand, By Terry and the daughter of founder Terry de Gunzburg. We discussed brand values, empowered consumers and clean...

Leadership & Talent

Boris, Brexit and Borders

Our newly appointed politicians have a Herculean task ahead of them. Our sectors have very specific needs to avoid potential disaster – and if these requirements aren’t prioritised in the coming months, lasting damage to the UK’s consumer industries...

Concept & Creative Direction

‘Protect the magic and modernise the rest’: walking Marks…

One of the most satisfying aspects of what I do is making connections. Last year, I met Erez Galonska, co-founder & CEO, Infarm, a vertical/urban farming company based out of Berlin. Infarm and M&S are partnering to sell fresh produce grown...

Trends & Emerging Markets

A new retail

Whilst wider macro-economic conditions may be pushing the volume of service-led businesses from a supply-side, demand for these services is, of course, higher than ever...

Tech & Innovation

Artisanal Movements: Luxury watches in the age of ecommerce

Plenty of luxury shoppers have embraced the digital lifestyle, causing retailers to adapt their products by enhancing digital experiences. However, there is still resistance in certain segments – one of those is luxury...

Marketing & Strategy

Why do luxury pop-ups work and who’s doing them…

The cost-effective nature of these temporary spaces means they’ll be around for some time to come - and as luxury becomes more personal, pop-ups will only encourage new and exciting ways to interact with customers....

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

20 September 2019 - 8:55

Central England Co-op announce boost in sales The retailer has reported an increase in sales by £7.7m to £484.6m in the first half of 2019. During this period, Central England Co-op launched four new food stores and one funeral booking office. Read more on The Retail Bulletin

20 September 2019 - 8:26

Mothercare introduces flexible payment options The retailer hopes that its three new payment structures, Pay Later, Pay in 3 and Slice It, will encourage customers to spend more online. Read more on Fashion Network

Consumer Goods & Services

20 September 2019 - 16:48

Ginsters and Quorn team up for plant-based pasty Ginsters has introduced its second vegan product of the year, set to appear in chillers on 22 September. The food company is collaborating with Quorn to produce a pasty with Quorn pieces, locally sourced potato and vegetables encased in pastry. Read more on The Grocer

20 September 2019 - 8:47

Lambeth Groves acquired by Perricone Juices The purchase of the Florida-based fruit juice business will allow Perricone Juices to expand nationwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read more on Food Bev

Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury

20 September 2019 - 17:06

Anthropologie opens store in Paris The boho-chic fashion retailer has opened its first French site in Paris's Marais district. The store features a series of collaborations with local designers and will sell pieces from guest labels. Read more on Fashion Network

20 September 2019 - 8:41

Carvela to enter the U.S. Dillard's will exclusively launch the Carvela premium footwear brand in the United States. As part of the deal, Carvela - which is owned by Kurt Geiger - will be available in 75 stores across the U.S. and online. Read more on Yahoo Finance

Digital

20 September 2019 - 8:25

Lime to end car rental service The transport startup will shut down the service, which it launched as a pilot programme in Seattle, by the end of the year. Lime will focus its attention on shared bikes and scooters - available in over 100 U.S. cities and 20 international cities. Read more on TechCrunch

20 September 2019 - 8:17

Urban transport platform secures $60m Germany-based Wunder Mobility secured the funds in a series B round. The startup works alongside automotive giants like Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen and Toyota to scale shared mobility services. Read more on Venture Beat

Private Equity

20 September 2019 - 8:35

Postmates raise $225m from GPI Capital The on-demand delivery unicorn secured the private equity investment at a $2.4bn valuation. The new funding brings Postmates’ total funding to nearly $1bn. This comes ahead of an imminent initial public offering. Read more on TechCrunch

20 September 2019 - 8:12

Blackstone closes in on Great Wolf Resorts deal The deal values the indoor water-park operator at around $2.9bn including debt. Great Wolf Lodge opened its first resort in Wisconsin in 1997. It currently operates 17 locations across North America. Read more on PE Hub

Travel, Leisure & Hospitality

20 September 2019 - 8:45

Wagamama announces partnership with Gousto As part of a new six-month partnership, Wagamama has teamed up with the recipe box company to offer subscribers four dishes they can make at home. The recipes will be available from 24 September. Read more on Propel Hospitality

20 September 2019 - 8:29

Carluccio’s sees success with Fresca programme The Fresca transformation programme, which is live at seven location, has resulted in a 35% increase in like-for-like sales at the casual dining group's participating sites. Read more on MCA Insight

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