On your bike – market entry is not always an easy ride

At the end of last month there was a really interesting Guardian article by Helen Pidd about the various dockless bike-hiring schemes that have recently arrived in the UK, reviewing their different experiences and levels of success (see https://bit.ly/2OClDVg). It mentioned some market entrants: Mobike and Ofo (both from China), Donkeybike (Denmark) and Nextbike (Germany). It […]

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Understanding the UK

Robert Armstrong, the Financial Times’ chief leader writer, recently left the UK to head back to his native US. Just before he went he wrote an entertaining, insightful article for the FT’s Weekend Life & Arts section, setting out his thoughts on how and why the vote for Brexit happened. Some elements reminded me of that diagram about […]

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When market entry loses its sizzle

So, the UK papers this weekend (26 and 27 May) were all in agreement that Australian company Wesfarmers’ acquisition of Homebase has been nothing short of a disaster where not even its famous “sausage sizzle” barbecue fundraisers were enough to attract the UK shoppers and cement a successful acquisition. When your market entry is described […]

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A new take on the subscription box

Ballet subscription box

When you think of subscription boxes, it’s probably products such as food and beauty that come to mind. However, the founders of My Ballet Box, our latest client, have taken their knowledge, expertise and passion for dance to create a totally unique offering. My Ballet Box provides monthly or quarterly deliveries of expertly selected ballet […]

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Finding out just what matters in the food and wellness industry

Healthy Millennial Food

Yesterday we went along to Food Matters Live at London’s ExCel Centre, to explore the latest trends and innovation in food, health and nutrition. The exhibition brought together 800 organisations, from start-ups to established brands across retail, food-service and manufacturing. Having so many innovators in one place gave us the perfect opportunity to hear first-hand […]

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