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M&S Founders Factory invests in three fashion start-ups Hannah Abdulla | 11 Dec 19

UK retailer M&S has started working with six fast-growth start-ups selected from 100 new businesses as part of its Founders Factory joint venture.


M&S adds new creative director to clothing team Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 19

UK fashion, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed former Arcadia director Anthony Cassidy as its head of brand creative for the clothing and home division.


M&S turns to Tesco's F&F for new clothing boss Leonie Barrie | 22 Nov 19

British retailer Marks & Spencer has re-hired Richard Price, currently CEO of Tesco’s F&F Clothing, as managing director of its struggling clothing and home division.


Brands still failing to deliver on responsible viscose sourcing Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 19

A new report has found that while the issue of responsible viscose production is now firmly on the agenda of the fashion industry, there are still brands and retailers failing to deliver on responsible sourcing.


M&S clothing woes continue to weigh on profits Beth Wright | 6 Nov 19

Shares in Marks & Spencer Group (M&S) remained up by more than 3.5% today (6 November) as the retailer said it is "making up for lost time" in its clothing and home business despite a fall in the segment's sales in the first half of its financial year.


Clothing firms progress on preventing plastic pollution Michelle Russell | 30 Oct 19

A progress report on global efforts to prevent plastic pollution has praised clothing retailers Ganni, Marks & Spencer and Woolworths Holdings for their efforts so far to reduce plastic packaging.


M&S simplifies sub-brands and relaunches Per Una Beth Wright | 8 Oct 19

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has relaunched its Per Una brand following a "significant refresh" that comes just a week after the British retailer's management team admitted it is 18 months behind schedule on a turnaround plan for its clothing and home business.


M&S bosses admit clothing turnaround plan is 18 months behind schedule Hannah Abdulla | 2 Oct 19

The Marks and Spencer management team has admitted it is 18 months behind schedule on a turnaround plan for its clothing and home business.


ETI launches tool to tackle language barriers in supply chain Hannah Abdulla | 1 Oct 19

ETI members Marks & Spencer and Coop have collaborated on a toolkit aimed at offering businesses practical support in tackling the common challenges associated with multiple cultures and languages among supply chain workers. 


Pilot project to pay garment workers digitally in Egypt & Cambodia Beth Wright | 27 Sep 19

Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer, and VF Corporation have partnered with Mastercard on a global effort to pay garment factory workers digitally with the group coordinating pilots in Egypt and Cambodia.


M&S clothing supply chain boss departs amid FTSE100 exit Hannah Abdulla | 24 Sep 19

Marks & Spencer has confirmed the departure of its head of supply chain for clothing and home, Gordon Mowat, as it continues to look to return the division to profitable growth.


M&S to fall out of FTSE100 for first time? Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 19

Marks & Spencer is reportedly set to drop out of the FTSE100 index of Britain's biggest listed companies later today (4 August) – a move that would mark the first time the retailer has not been a member since the index launched in 1984.


Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton Beth Wright | 17 Jul 19

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has this season seen its entire clothing range made from 100% sustainable cotton – one of the first retailers to reach this milestone. Key to its achievement is the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest sustainable cotton programme in the world, according to Phil Townsend, technical lead, environmental sustainability and technical services at M&S. He also believes the transformation of the cotton sector should be a blueprint for other raw material initiatives.


M&S clothing director Jill McDonald to leave Beth Wright | 12 Jul 19

M&S clothing and home boss Jill McDonald has been ousted after less than two years the role, with CEO Steve Rowe poised to take over the segment amid what he calls its "long-standing" supply chain issues.


M&S unveils apparel line for children with sensitive skin Beth Wright | 27 Jun 19

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has partnered with medical technology company DreamSkin on a new range of products across baby, nightwear and underwear to alleviate sensitive skin conditions.


H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard Beth Wright | 18 Jun 19

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018. 


M&S Plan A chief Mike Barry announces resignation Beth Wright | 6 Jun 19

Mike Barry, director of sustainable business at Marks and Spencer, has announced he is to leave the UK retailer later this month.


M&S announces further store closures amid FY profit tumble Hannah Abdulla | 22 May 19

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S has revealed plans to shutter a further 85 full-line stores amid a 9.9% drop in full-year profit.


M&S confirms departure of buying, merchandising heads Beth Wright | 29 Mar 19

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed that both its head of buying for womenswear, and its head of merchandising for lingerie, are to leave the company.


M&S, Tesco to guard against supply chain exploitation Beth Wright | 27 Feb 19

A cohort of UK retailers including M&S, Tesco, and Sainsbury's - all of which boast a substantial apparel and footwear portfolio - have come together as Founding Sponsors of a new initiative which acts to guard against exploitation in supply chains. 


More than 1,000 jobs to go in latest M&S store closures Hannah Abdulla | 16 Jan 19

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S plans to close another 17 stores with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, as part of a review of its portfolio aimed at returning the group to profitability.


Brands take action to end modern slavery in UK factories Michelle Russell | 13 Nov 18

John Lewis, M&S and Next Plc are among a raft of British fashion retail giants to have signed a joint agreement with enforcement bodies to try to combat the exploitation of workers by UK fashion and textile manufacturers.


Inditex, M&S help develop forestry mapping tool Beth Wright | 8 Nov 18

Inditex, Kering, H&M, and M&S are among seven apparel brands and industry organisations that have collaborated with forestry conservation not-for-profit Canopy to develop a new interactive tool that aims to help companies transition to a more sustainable supply chain and identify areas of potential sourcing risk.


M&S revamping weak supply chain to gear up for growth Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 18

The CEO of UK retailer Marks & Spencer has said every aspect of the company including its supply chain is set to undergo "scrutiny and change" as it sets a timeframe of three to five years to return the business to profitable growth.


Can "restoring the basics" put M&S back on track? Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 18

Sales have dived yet again at UK retailer M&S, which earlier this year acknowledged the need for drastic change to reposition it for growth. Its "restoring the basics" agenda puts every aspect of the business under "scrutiny and change" to adapt to the new retail landscape and reshape its clothing ranges to appeal to consumers. Analysts have mixed feelings about the retailer's progress so far.


M&S launches disability-friendly apparel Beth Wright | 27 Sep 18

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has developed a selection of clothing for children and babies who may have disabilities or experience difficulty dressing.


M&S ramps up digital capabilities with Pee appointment Hannah Abdulla | 6 Sep 18

Jeremy Pee has been named Marks & Spencer's new chief digital and data officer as the UK retail group looks to ramp up its digital capabilities.


M&S clothing can now be returned to food stores Beth Wright | 8 Aug 18

Marks & Spencer has expanded its partnership with parcel store network Doddle in a move that means online clothing returns can now be processed at some of the retailer's Simply Food locations. 


M&S tops UK high street index Beth Wright | 3 Aug 18

Marks & Spencer has topped a new UK high street fashion ranking for brand health, which assesses consumer satisfaction, impression, and brand reputation.


M&S to train 1,000 staff at new data skills academy Beth Wright | 30 Jul 18

British fashion and food retailer Marks & Spencer is to create what it claims is the world's first data skills academy in retail, designed to bolster the company's ongoing digital transformation and train more than 1,000 M&S staff.

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