In the loop: M&S’ “fancy little knickers” defaced, YouTube usage upsurges and UK entrepreneurs go Wolf of Wall Street

In between the search for Black Friday discounts, read how Corbyn highlighted May's mistakes at the CBI conference, why an M&S lingerie display sparked backlash and what troubles founders after selling their business

In the loop: M&S' “fancy little knickers” defaced

M&S display claiming women need “fancy little knickers” gets defaced

Marketing can be a minefield of blunders. And in this day and age where social media allows everyone to speak out it’s an easy trap to fall into, as Marks & Spencer discovered.

As part of its Must-Have Christmas campaign, the retailer erected a shop window for women’s lingerie in Nottingham, which read “must-have fancy little knickers”. The trouble is this was right next to a male suit display reading “must-have outfits to impress,” which resulted in a campaigner pinning a sign saying “full human rights” over the word “knickers”.

It goes without saying the protest sparked complaints that the contrast objectifies women. Nonetheless, M&S defended keeping the displays in a statement: “We’ve highlighted one combination in our windows, which are part of a wider campaign that features a large variety of Must-Have Christmas moments.”

While the female display in another window at the same store does instead read “must-have outfits to impress”, M&S doesn’t have “fancy little knickers” alternative for men.

YouTube helps non-broadcasted content overtake broadcasts in the UK

YouTube angered its content creators after manually cutting ad revenue of videos it deemed controversial. However, that wasn’t enough to put Britain off the video-sharing giant.

According to Ofcom, the communications regulator, Brits aged 16 to 34 now consume more non-broadcast content like video streaming than broadcasted content. Of this, YouTube represents the biggest portion.

There’s certainly a lot for viewers to get stuck into, given Blighty now hosts more than 410 YouTube channels that command over one million subscribers. And considering of the channels that generate six figures or more in revenue, they’re up by over 40%, making it clear why becoming a YouTuber is an attractive career move.

It seems Instagram’s new video-sharing app IGTV will have a lot to live up to if it hopes to dethrone YouTube.

Brexit’s success mostly depends on business. That’s why hitting the right note at The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference was crucial for Theresa May. But Jeremy Corbyn didn’t make it easy for her.

Jeremy Corbyn blows holes in Theresa May’s Brexit plans 

Brexit’s success mostly depends on business. That’s why hitting the right note at The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) conference was crucial for Theresa May. But Jeremy Corbyn didn’t make it easy for her. 

May took to the stage on Monday November 19 after a week of minister resignations and internal criticisms following her draft Brexit agreement with the EU. Although her pitch for a post-Brexit Britain resulted in applause, Corbyn – a long-term eurosceptic – reminded attendees of the disarray in her cabinet when he spoke to them. Labelling it the deal a “blindfold Brexit,” he called for a general election and added that all “options must remain on the table, including a second vote of some sort.”

With only months left before the Friday March 29 exit date, it seems the pressure isn’t letting up for May. 

90% of young entrepreneurs don’t want to leave their company after selling it

All good things must come to an end – but not in the eyes of many ex-business owners.

Questioning 200 British entrepreneurs, Livingstone Partners, the mergers and acquisitions firm, deduced 75% of founders want to stick around their company after they’ve sold it. For 44%, staying present for up to three years would be satisfactory.

It’s particularly tough for young entrepreneurs to let go – a staggering 90% of those aged 16 to 24 don’t want to part ways with their sold business, which is a stark contrast to the 30% of 45 to 54 year olds.

Reasons why they don’t want to depart include 41% believing the buyer won’t look after their business, 22% worrying if the new owner can foster growth and 16% fearing for their staff’s future within the business.

We’re sure fellow founders can empathise with such an attachment, which was demonstrated passionately by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Angus Shaw
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