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Charlie Whelan

February 9, 2022

2022 Sector Outlook – The Polestar Perspective

Who would have thought that Pink and Downing Street could have so much in common?  Well it is not just…

Anusheh Khan

July 29, 2021

Are ghost kitchens here to stay?

As we have come out of lockdown this month, it’s only fair to start reminiscing about what we’ve gone through…

Anusheh Khan

July 29, 2021

How to tackle food waste on your phone

Last month, I wrote a blog post on how an edible insect market could be a solution to handling food…

Anusheh Khan

July 20, 2021

Stadiums of the future: how Euro 2020 shows us the road map of entertainment

It’s crazy to think big crowds will ever be a normal concept of life again in a post-covid world. Seeing…

Charlie Whelan

July 7, 2021

Polestar June 2021 Pilot

At a friend’s wedding 20 years ago we were inside Falmouth castle whilst a football match took place between the…

Anusheh Khan

June 30, 2021

Bitten by the bug: the next novel super food?

When I think of the word ‘super food’, products like avocados, kale, and broccoli are ones that come to mind….

Anusheh Khan

June 30, 2021

ESG – This season’s colour is green

As an analyst at Polestar, one of my roles is to write proposals for prospect clients. The area of focus…

Anusheh Khan

June 30, 2021

Tech and AI is transforming the fashion industry

While writing my blog post on green trends in fashion, my research brought into focus how retail has changed over…

Charlie Whelan

June 7, 2021

Polestar May 2021 Update

I saw a great picture of a black pot talking to a black kettle on Facebook this week – something…

Anusheh Khan

May 24, 2021

Technological Innovations in Supermarkets

Here at Polestar, we’ve covered a topics on how AI and other forms of technology is being used in manufacturing,…

Anusheh Khan

May 24, 2021

Petmania: a furry pet pandemic

When this pandemic started, a lot of people were concerned about adjusting to a ‘work from home’ life. For me,…

Anusheh Khan

May 24, 2021

Is it finally time for a cashless society?

A cashless society has been spoken about for quite a while. Will the pandemic finally force us to stop using…

Charlie Whelan

May 4, 2021

Do you see silver linings or clouds?

A couple of days ago I was running in to work listening to the radio and I caught a track…

Anusheh Khan

April 29, 2021

Food and Leisure Q121 Valuation

This report spotlights the UK food and leisure sector for Q1 21, aggregate sector valuations and private market activity. We…

Anusheh Khan

April 19, 2021

Save the Street: Shop Out to Help Out

When moving to England, what I found most bewildering were the “schemes” that the government created to help out the…

Charlie Whelan

April 14, 2021

The Pilot – March 2021

March has been a mixed month for us here at Polestar.  We completed the sale of People Value to an…

Anusheh Khan

April 12, 2021

Food Poverty: The call for a new Food Security Minister

Last month, I wrote a blog post on how the pandemic and Brexit price increases were affecting low-income families and…

Oliver Hoade

March 30, 2021

4 food trends to look out for in 2021

2020 proved to be an unexpectedly pivotal year for many companies and industries, in particular the food and drinks industry….

Anusheh Khan

March 29, 2021

Pandemic prices: How price hikes are affecting low-income families the most

Price hikes on food and petrol due to the pandemic and Brexit is affecting the most vulnerable populations that were hit…

Anusheh Khan

March 22, 2021

Will your next vacation require a vaccine passport?

Throughout the pandemic year that consisted of multiple lockdowns and restrictions on anything fun, there is one thing on people…

Charlie Whelan

March 2, 2021

The Pilot – February 2021

February – What a month! A semi-frozen economy, the frozen wasteland of Texas, 20 million people vaccinated in the UK…

Oliver Hoade

March 1, 2021

Could a carbon tax on food help fight climate change?

Should the government tax unsustainable foods? That’s exactly what Dr. Richard Smith of the UK health Alliance on Climate Change…

Oliver Hoade

February 24, 2021

The British holiday boom

One of the key indicators of   the economic and social harm being wrought by Covid is in inability to…

Mihir Shah

February 22, 2021

Are gyms an essential service?

Gyms and Leisure centres in Wales are set to open as soon as possible after lockdown ends, after ministers raised…

Richard Hall

January 29, 2021

Big Data approach to the challenge of food production

The role of data is ever more prevalent, with those businesses that control and glean value from large amounts of…

Shaan Bharwani

January 28, 2021

A slice of equity for debt at Pizza Express

PizzaExpress has announced its 2019 which show a pre-pandemic loss of £350m as it combats high interest costs. This debt…

Bhavik Borkhatria

January 28, 2021

What’s next for remote working?

The pandemic has meant that many businesses have been forced to adopt different working models, largely in the form of…

Bhavik Borkhatria

December 22, 2020

Has the pandemic made our home-cooking habits healthier?

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) recently published figures showing how the UK has increased its consumption of…

Oliver Hoade

December 14, 2020

UK’s post-Brexit farms: what to expect

The UK’s post-Brexit farms look set for big changes after ministers announced ‘the most fundamental shift’ in farming policy for…

Chris Roberts

December 11, 2020

R&D boost for single-use plastic packaging

During 2020 we have all seen the exponential growth and importance of takeaway meals, convenience products and the consequential plethora…

Charlie Whelan

December 1, 2020

The Pilot – November 2020

Remember, Remember this November Well what a November, I mean – no fireworks night with mulled wine, lost children, toffee…

Oliver Hoade

November 30, 2020

Is the McPlant coming 2021?

This month, McDonald’s announced it is ready to start rolling out its new ‘McPlant’ meat-free burger when “markets are ready”….

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