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  1. August 1, 2014

    Free coffee set to hit Waitrose profits

    Waitrose’s strategy of cutting some prices and offering free coffee and newspapers to loyalty card holders has contributed...

  2. July 15, 2014

    ‘Myopic management’ threatens UK’s growth

    The UK is suffering from “myopic management” that threatens its global competitiveness, an independent commission has...

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  1. Private Business 2013

    Often in the shadow of their quoted rivals, Britain’s growing number of private busine...
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  1. July 15, 2014

    NHS review backs staff-led ‘mutuals’

    More NHS organisations should become staff-led “mutuals”, according to a government-commissioned review that suggests...

  2. June 13, 2014

    The taste test: chocolate digestives

    In times of trouble, many turn to religion. Others resort to psychotherapy. But some of us know a better answer: chocolate...

  3. March 28, 2014

    Digital v human: the new debate

    A couple of years ago Brian Arthur, an academic affiliated with the Palo Alto Research Center, made a startling prediction....

  4. March 17, 2014

    John Lewis lauded for caring capitalism

    When it comes to the mutual model, one of the most successful examples is in retail. The John Lewis Partnership, which owns...

  5. March 6, 2014

    Waitrose defends customer loyalty scheme

    Mark Price, managing director of Waitrose, defended a customer loyalty scheme that has been attacked by Labour and...

  6. February 28, 2014

    Pension shake-up to hit John Lewis bonus

    John Lewis Partnership, the employee-owned retailer, is expected to announce a cut in its staff bonus next week, as it...

  7. February 26, 2014

    BBC should be ‘more like John Lewis’

    John Lewis has yet another well-placed admirer. The quintessentially middle-class retailer – which has been touted as a...

  8. February 16, 2014

    UK’s top retailers speak out against Scottish independence

    The UK’s largest retailers have voiced overwhelmingly hostile views about Scottish independence and the impact it could have...

  9. January 16, 2014

    Online UK retailer Ocado’s sales surge 20%

    A focus on cutting prices helped online grocer Ocado boost its sales by 20 per cent over the festive period – and step up...

  10. November 26, 2013

    Is it wise to inform staff of future ownership plans?

    THE PROBLEM Julian Richer, the 54-year-old founder of UK retail chain Richer Sounds, has revealed he will put his company...

  11. November 18, 2013

    Drug claims threaten co-op movement

    The Co-operative Group had hoped the opening of its new headquarters in Manchester by the Queen last week would allow it to...

  12. September 12, 2013

    Next chief calls end of credit crunch

    Lord Wolfson, chief executive of Next, declared that the credit crunch was over, but warned that a sustained economic...

  13. September 12, 2013

    John Lewis first-half profits hit by holiday pay charge

    Charlie Mayfield, chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said there were signs of an improvement in the economy as the...

  14. September 12, 2013

    Alternative structures: Call for more staff-owned companies

    The British government is on a push to paint the UK economy bottle green, heralding John Lewis, the department store...

  15. August 22, 2013

    Never knowingly underpaid, JLP staff are an oddity

    Like Mary Poppins, the John Lewis Partnership is practically perfect in every way. Even its payroll screw-ups are benign....

  16. August 22, 2013

    John Lewis to pay £40m to staff for holiday pay error

    The John Lewis Partnership has been widely acclaimed by the political establishment as a model employer. But now it is...

  17. August 5, 2013

    Waitrose to publish The Good Food Guide

    Waitrose, the upmarket supermarket group, has become the new publisher of The Good Food Guide. The grocery arm of the John...

  18. July 31, 2013

    Crown Estate opens Piccadilly to niche pop-up stores

    The Crown Estate is helping reinvent the British high street by opening some of its prime real estate in Piccadilly to small...

  19. July 22, 2013

    Retailer makes small changes

    The story. The John Lewis Partnership is beloved of Britain’s middle-class, who shop at its department stores and at its...

  20. July 18, 2013

    Sports Direct reserves dividends for staff not investors

    Mike Ashley is not the embodiment of caring, sharing capitalism that central casting would have sent. Nor do politicians...

  21. July 11, 2013

    Waitrose to open remote click-and-collect food lockers

    Waitrose is poised to step up its online development, with the introduction of temperature-controlled delivery lockers for...

  22. July 4, 2013

    Treasury launches tax break ideas for employee-owned companies

    The Treasury has launched a consultation on £50m worth of tax breaks for employee-owned companies as part of the coalition’s...

  23. July 3, 2013

    Retail: A difficult brief

    Not long after Marc Bolland became chief executive of Marks and Spencer in May 2010, he likened the high-street retailer to...

  24. July 2, 2013

    John Lewis sets up shop in Heathrow airport

    John Lewis, the employee-owned department store chain, is moving into airport retailing with an outlet in Heathrow’s...

  25. June 24, 2013

    Co-op rise underlines strength of movement

    Co-operative businesses grew in number, turnover and jobs last year, underlining the movement’s resurgence despite the...

  26. June 17, 2013

    The deals that left Co-op in crisis

    These days David Anderson has a pretty leisurely time of it. There is the odd board meeting at the National Farmers Union...

  27. June 14, 2013

    Queen’s birthday honours list gets back to business

    Michael Hintze, the hedge fund boss and Conservative party donor, has been created a knight in the Queen’s birthday honours...

  28. May 19, 2013

    Bad governance is not mutually exclusive

    An East Anglian building society, the Co-operative Bank and a south London leisure centre: all mutuals where I am a...

  29. May 17, 2013

    The mini bubble in the UK bond market

    It has become almost accepted wisdom that “there is a bubble in the bond market”. But which bond market? I would say that...

  30. May 17, 2013

    Jockey Club lengthens retail bond race

    The Jockey Club surpassed its £15m target for its retail bond and extended the application window by a further 10 days in...

  31. May 17, 2013

    Morrison and Ocado deal sparks row

    Waitrose has demanded to see details of the £200m deal between Wm Morrison and Ocado, as the grocery arm of the John Lewis...

  32. May 13, 2013

    Ocado shares tumble on distribution deal fears

    Ocado shares tumbled on Monday on concerns that Waitrose, which supplies the online grocer, could block a distribution deal...

  33. March 26, 2013

    Clegg to look at backing employee ownership

    Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister, will pledge on Wednesday to consult on fresh measures to encourage employee ownership and...

  34. March 24, 2013

    Laura Ashley seeks 10% supplier discount

    Laura Ashley has shocked its suppliers by asking them to give it a 10 per cent discount – including on orders that had...

  35. March 21, 2013

    Osborne pressed on staff ownership reforms

    The chancellor is being pressed to move faster on measures to boost employee ownership after he announced capital gains tax...

  36. March 12, 2013

    John Lewis puts on squeeze suppliers

    John Lewis department stores, often held up as a model of responsible capitalism, has become the latest retailer to put...

  37. March 7, 2013

    Decoding life groups’ dividend plans

    Look here upon this picture, and on this. Contrasting portraits of two groups in the life assurance sector are on display....

  38. March 7, 2013

    John Lewis staff share £211m bonus pot

    The John Lewis Partnership defied the devastation on the high street to lift its staff bonus to more than £200m for the...

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