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DirectGroup Bertelsmann was a division of Bertelsmann AG and operated book sales clubs, online shops, bookstore chains and publishers in 8 countries when it was disbanded as a division in 2011. Its more than 15 million customers have generated sales of €1.245 billion in 2009. The company was formed in July 2000 and was led by CEO Fernando Carro. Wikipedia.

Minogue V.,West Yorkshire Mental Health Research and Development Consortium | Girdlestone J.,Direct Group
International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance | Year: 2010

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine the role of service user and carer involvement in NHS research and describe the nature of this involvement in three specialist mental health Trusts. It also aims to discuss the value of service user and carer involvement and present the perspective of the service user and research manager. Design/methodology/approach: The paper reviews patient and public involvement policy and practice in the NHS and NHS research. It examines the effectiveness of involvement activity and utilises a case example to demonstrate the impact of patient/service user involvement on the NHS and the individuals who take part. Findings: The paper concludes that service user involvement is essential if research is to support the development of health services that clearly reflect the needs of the service user and impact positively on service quality. Practical implications: Service user involvement is an established element of NHS research and development at both national and local level. The Department of Health strategy for research, Best Research for Best Health, reiterates both the importance of research that benefits the patient and the involvement of the service user in the research process. Despite this, the changes in Department of Health support funding for research, introduced by the strategy, may inadvertently lead to some NHS Trusts experiencing difficulty in resourcing this important activity. Originality/value: The paper illustrates the effectiveness of successful patient and public involvement in research. It also identifies how involvement has developed in a fragmented and uncoordinated way and how it is threatened by a failure to embed it more consistently in research infrastructure. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

Direct Group | Date: 2016-01-12

Mens and womens apparel, namely pants, shorts, skirts, jackets, jeans, shirts, vests, dresses, shortalls and overalls.

Direct Group | Date: 2015-07-11

Insulated containers for beverage cans for domestic use; Portable beverage container holder; Thermal insulated containers for food or beverages.

News Article | July 2, 2010
Site: techcrunch.com

VC firm Mangrove Capital Partners has invested in Beaucoup.ru, a group purchasing site for all things health and beauty. The word comes from Yakov on the Quintura blog (Mangrove has also backed Quintura). According to Yakov, the deal size is approximately $1 million, and Direct Group and Global Buying Group reportedly also chipped in. TechCrunch readers will be instantly familiar with the model Beaucoup.ru is applying to the health and beauty vertical. The site offers daily deals with significant discounts for spa treatments and whatnot in Moscow, and soon, more cities in Russia. Beaucoup.ru is a project of Fast Lane Ventures, a business incubator founded by Pascal Clément of Direct Group and Oskar Hartmann, founder of online shopping club KupiVIP.ru. For Mangrove, this is hardly the first investment in Russia – they’ve also backed Quintura, as mentioned, as well as social gaming startup Drimmi and ecommerce play KupiVIP.ru.

News Article | January 18, 2010
Site: venturebeat.com

Russian electronic commerce site KupiVIP.ru has raised $20 million in a funding round led by Accel Partners. The Moscow-based company has been operating for a year and it has more than a million members in its online shopping club. KupiVIP.ru sells discounted fashion goods from 500 different brands. Oskar Hartmann, chief executive, said that the round was the largest investment to date in a Russian e-commerce vendor. Other investors are Mangrove Capital Partners, ARLAN, Direct Group and business angel, Oliver Jung. Sonali De Rycker from Accel will join KupiVIP.ru’s board. The company previously raised $11 million in 2008. The capital will be used to invest in logistics and operational infrastructure. KupiVIP.ru plans to double the number of brands to 1,000 in 2010, and grow the number of sales events to 2,500. The company has about 170 employees. Buyers clubs such as KupiVIP.ru have been doing well during the recession across Europe because they offer big discounts on designer goods.

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