About Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer is a well established high street and multi-channel retailer with years of heritage. They sell contemporary fashion and home products targeting the middle to lower-upper class consumer. Besides one of the largest ranges of women’s clothing they are also known for their extensive choice of quality food, wines and flowers. The M&S brand is synonymous with reliability, quality and customer service. Shopping at www.marksandspencer.com is a pleasure.
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What they sell

The M&S website sells a quality choice of fashionable clothing and homeware products plus a range of delicious food, wine and flowers. M&S clothing as for a long time been a regular fashion staple for the middle classes with their own brands like St Michael and Autograph. They sell clothes for all the family including lingerie and swimwear. If its homewares and furniture you need for a stylish and practical home, M&S have every room in the home covered with the best products and furniture available. Food as always been a big attraction at Marks and Spencer with some innovative ideas on all styles of party food devised for entertaining. If your hosting any type of party they have it covered. This s all besides the a brilliant choice of luxury hampers. M&S also sell a range of financial products these span credit cards, mortgages, personal banking and insurance. The M&S brand is used under license by HSBC.
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A Little About

Early History of M&S

Marks & Spencer started life in the Northern market town of Leeds. It was initially founded has a market stall in 1884 by Michael Marks a Russian born Polish refugee. Later in 1894 he was joined by Tom Spencer from Skipton Yorkshire. This new partnership was assisted with a loan of £5 by Isaac Jowitt Dewhirst who owned Dewhirst wholesale company where Tom Spencer worked as a senior cashier. The admin and accounting experience Tom Spencer brought to the collaboration coupled with Marks’s drive proved a recipe for success. When you see the pound shops up and down high streets today this is where M&S roots lie in the original penny bazaar. The slogan at the time was ‘don’t ask the price, it’s a penny’. The first market stall they run together was in Kirkgate Market Leeds where they focused on the penny bazaar model.

M&S Move to Manchester

Further stalls were opened across North West England and Marks built a warehouse on Derby Street Cheetham Hill Manchester a centre for textile in the UK. It was not long before Marks & Spencer transitioned from temporary market stalls to covered markets and more permanent shop premises. By the turn of the century they had 12 shop premises and 36 penny bazaar market stalls. The business was on a sound footing and established. The sudden death of Michael Marks in 1907 was the start of a bit of in fighting for control of Marks & Spencer, Thomas Spencer had died previously in 1905. Simon Marks the idlest son of Michael Marks eventually became the chairmen in 1916 at the age of 28. He was assisted throughout his tenure by lifelong friend Israel Sieff later to become a Baron. In fact Simon and Sieff married each others sisters. Sieff became chairmen on the death of Simon in 1964. The company continued to grow into an international and multi-channel retailer. M&S created many of the innovative ways we shop today that we take for granted. In recent years like lots of the old established department stores they have struggled in the face of competition with online shopping. This has resulted in many store closures and continued restructuring to keep up with the ever changing retail environment. Not bad for a penny bazaar The Marks & Spencer brand is also known as Marks and Sparks and more often as M&S or even Mark’s.

Questions Asked

Sparks is the Marks & Spencer’s loyalty scheme join the members club and you will receive points on your card every time you shop. There are other benefits like receiving early sales info and offers via email.

Well the food part of the store is more upmarket than your Tesco or Asda and even ahead of Sainsbury’s. The locations of Marks & Spencer shops are in the higher income neighbourhoods.

At this time unfortunately not students pay the same as everyone else.

M&S sell a good choice of gift cards which are ideal for all occasions, especially popular are the wedding and anniversary gift cards. They come in a range of designs and a personal message can be added.

They offer a good range of delivery options and next day collection from one of their stores.

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Marks & Sparks Savings

You can get great savings on clothing and items for the home at Marks & Spencer with discount codes and even cash-back deals. They offer a great choice when shopping online not only women’s and mens clothes but also children’s clothing, everything from suits, jeans, party dresses to lingerie and swimwear. If you have a special occasion coming up Marks and Spencer will sell the perfect shoes or knee boots, they also have a beautiful choice of handbags and jewellery to suit all outfits. The times when you don’t feel so glamorous are covered like maternity clothes. All sizes and shapes are catered for including petite and plus-size women’s clothes. Besides clothes and homeware goods, M&S also sell a large collection of beauty products, which include the important skincare creams, hair-care and makeup by top brands like L’Occitane, Prai Beauty and Philip Kingsley. There are regular sales and offers to be had on big discounts deals if you join the Sparks loyalty club. Shopping on the go is easy using the M&S app is very convenient if you are to busy to visit a store. If its a gift you’re looking for, give a gift card it helps if you are finding it hard to choose a present or com up with an idea.