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Marks & Spencer 

“Market Cap $12.48 B As of May 2014

At a Glance

  • Industry: Department Stores
  • Founded: 1884
  • Country: United Kingdom
  • CEO: Marc Bolland
  • Website:www.marksandspencer.com
  • Employees: 81,734
  • Sales: $15.93 B
  • Headquarters: London

Forbes Lists

#721 Global 2000

  • #597 in Sales
  • #791 in Profit
  • #1518 in Assets
  • #895 in Market value
Profile

Marks & Spencer Group Plc engages in retail clothes, food and home products. The company provides women’s wear and lingerie, menswear, kids wear and home wear in the United Kingdom. It operates through two segments: UK and International. The UK segment consists of the UK retail business and UK franchise operations. The International segment consists of Marks & Spencer owned businesses in the Republic of Ireland, Europe and Asia, together with international franchise operations. The company offers clothing products, such as women’s, men’s, school, and kids wear; shoes, slippers, accessories, bags, purses, jewelry, watches, socks, tights, and summer essentials; and beauty products, such as bath, body, hair care, make up, perfume, nails, and skincare products, as well as men’s and kids’ toiletries, travel and beauty accessories, and gifts. It also provides home and furniture products comprising bath linen and accessories, bedding, curtains and blinds, cushions and throws, domestic appliances, home accessories, kitchen and dining, lighting, luggage, rugs, small appliances, and storage products; and furniture products for living and dining rooms, bathrooms, kids, bedrooms, office, kitchen, and conservatory and garden, as well as mattresses, divans, sofas, and armchairs. The company offers various TVs and accessories; computing and gaming products, iPad, tablets, e-readers, satellite navigation and GPS, and phones and accessories; shavers and grooming products, and electric toothbrushes; domestic appliances, small appliances, and sewing machines; audio and iPods; Blu-ray, DVD, and home theater products; CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs; digital photography; personal alarms; and headphones. It provides flowers and gifts that comprise books and DVDs, flowers and plants, cards, and stationery products; and food and wine gifts, gift cards, single bottle gifts, personalized cards, and wedding cakes, as well as offers procurement and financial services. Marks & Spencer Group was founded by Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer on September 28, 1884 and is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.

“Our Heritage Marks & Spencer

Travel back in time and discover some of the interesting facts that have helped to make us who we are today. Our company values of Quality, Value, Service, Innovation and Trust are not new – they are the principles on which our business was founded. Look through our Timeline and find out where they fit in, or visit Marks in Time, our specially created online experience.

Kirkgate Market

Marks & Spencer is going back to its roots and opening a stall in the place where the famous brand first started at Kirkgate Market, Leeds, in 1884. In March 2013 Marks & Spencer will open a heritage and coffee shop right beside the famous M&S clock in the 1904 building of Kirkgate Market.

Company Archive

Based in Leeds, the M&S Company Archive is a vital business asset which acts to collect, preserve and utilise material relating to all aspect of the history and development of the company. The Company Archive contains a range of materials from the last 128 years including written records, staff publications, photographs and films, garments and household products, design and advertising material – find out more about our collection.The Company Archive now boasts a public-facing exhibition area which celebrates the story of M&S and showcases historical and current star products to the general public. We also offer aReading Room service for those wishing to consult particular items from the collection in more detail which will be supported by an online catalogue to support remote research and access to the collection. Opened to the public for the first time on 16 March 2012, we offer a wide range of activities and events tailored toschools, families and adult learners to engage the public with the collection and with M&S.

Behind the Scenes

Our unique partnership with the University of Leeds has opened up opportunities for joint activity across multiple channels, including mutual priority areas such as; research, student engagement and community outreach work. It provides a unique opportunity for us to engage with children and young people of the future particularly through industry projects which develop students’ skills and experience, enhancing their career potential and helping to build the workforce of the future.

An example of our partnership in action, this short film has been produced by students at the University of Leeds and offers a look behind the scenes at our dynamic Company Archive during its first year since opening.  The film highlights the different ways the business can make use of our rich heritage as well as showcasing our public engagement programme such as our schools offer and community outreach work.  The team at the M&S Company Archive worked closely with the students to script, film and produce the footage, providing them with a fantastic opportunity to enhance their skills and experience through our partnership.

*Information from Forbes.com and Marksandspencer.com

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