Panache appoints new Head of Marketing

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Panache Lingerie has announced the appointment of Victoria Sargeson as Head of Marketing with immediate effect. Victoria joins Panache bringing 13 years of marketing experience, having formerly held the position of Head of Marketing and Retail Channel at Marcolin Group, where she was responsible eyewear brands such as GUESS, Gant, Swarovski, Diesel and Tom Ford.

Victoria says: “I am delighted to join the business at this very exciting time with our consumer campaign ‘Modelled by Role Models’ launching later this year as well as many other new initiatives.”

John Lewis recruits for 3rd year running with its JLAB accelerator


Retail giant John Lewis has launched its third annual hunt for promising young retail technology companies – with investment, mentoring and free office space on offer for successful applicants. Applications are accepted until 8th May 2016.

The JLAB accelerator is recruiting companies across four categories: health & wellbeing, simplify my life, effortless shopping and tech for kids.

“Under mentorship from John Lewis, JLAB startups will have a unique opportunity to hone their ideas and create a product which has a genuinely positive impact on our customers,” said John Lewis IT director Paul Coby.

“We’ve seen from previous years the value of combining an agile startup mentality with John Lewis’ extensive industry knowledge, and I’m personally looking forward to working with the 2016 applicants,” he added.

The retailer is one of a swathe of big corporates which have recently rushed to put cash, expertise or office space up for grabs for promising young UK firms. Over ten per cent of UK accelerators are now backed by large corporations.

Panache appoints new UK Sales Executive

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Panache Lingerie has announced the appointment of Siobhan Murray as UK Sales Executive looking after the South East Territory. Siobhan, previously Area Manager for Spanx at Intimates Lingerie joins with a wealth of experience in the lingerie arena following positions at Triumph and Gossar.

Intimate apparel manufacturer 04 Bras to expand its business

04 Bras Ltd are pleased to announce the acquisition of M&D Solutions in Nottingham from October 2014. The Hertfordshire-based company has been trading for 10 years offering specialist technical services and training for the intimate apparel industry, and the acquisition will provide a growth platform to further develop the business. They say: “We welcome old and new clients to contact us to discuss this exciting development – Maria and team will remain at the Nottingham unit, while our design/development office will remain at the same address in Baldock with all email and contact numbers unchanged.”