People and Partners

How we run the business today

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Working in partnership
Working in partnership
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John Spedan Lewis gave the business to his employees in 1929. Principle 1 explains his ultimate purpose for the Partnership, which was to balance the happiness of Partners with a successful business.

Principle 1
The Partnership’s ultimate purpose is the happiness of all its members, through their worthwhile and satisfying employment in a successful business. Because the Partnership is owned in trust for its members, they share the responsibilities of ownership as well as its rewards - profit, knowledge and power.

We take responsibility to deliver the right experience for all our customers and generate profits for us all to share.

We build relationships based on honesty, respect and encouragement. We expect these behaviours of each other and demonstrate them at all times.

We take every opportunity to develop ourselves, balance work and life priorities and support each other.

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