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It’s amazing what a penny can do – find our for yourself and follow the remarkable story of this great British institution at the M&S Company Archive based at the University of Leeds.

It’s amazing what a penny can do. ‘Don’t ask the price, it’s a penny’ was the slogan Michael Marks used when he opened his first bazaar in Leeds in 1884. It couldn’t be any simpler and both his idea and hard work soon paid off. But it was when Michael went into partnership with Tom Spencer in 1894 that the company we all know really started to take shape; built around the five key principles of Quality, Value, Service, Innovation and Trust. Visit the orginal Penny Bazaar in Leeds Kirkgate Market and go on the M&S heritage trail…


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