Marks and Spencer

Marks and Spencer was the coming together of Michael Marks, a Polish refugee, and Thomas Spencer, an accomplished accountant. Marks had been running a successful penny stall at Leeds Kirkdale Market selling goods such as soap, nails and screws. In 1894 he opened his first shop and within five years he had opened a further ten Realizing he needed a partner to help with the book keeping side of the business he joined forces with Thomas Spencer.

The firm grew from strength to strength and following the death of Michael Marks in 1907 his son Simon took the reins. The Company is still recognized today for its excellent quality in both its clothing and food ranges. More information