Marks and Spencer

Can We Stop Slagging Off Marks and Spencer Please?

Poorna Bell | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

Marks and Spencer is fast becoming - if not already become - the fashion industry's favourite whipping boy/girl. Watch the claws come out around its second Leading Ladies campaign, as columnists furiously tap away their thoughts about why it sucks, what it did wrong and what M&S needs to do to be successful. But seriously, it's getting a bit tiring.

Are Call Centre Jobs About To Become Far More Interesting?

Mark Hillary | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK
Mark Hillary

Maybe outsourcing isn't so bad after all? Brands wouldn't be able to offer the customer service that consumers expect if they didn't work with an expert in the business and it's also creating thousands of jobs that are just getting better and better. Don't knock it.

Marks & Spencer, Muslims and a Matter of Taste

Daniel Warner | Posted 21.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

No one has the right to refuse to help or serve someone because their religion denotes what others should put in their shopping basket, trolley or mouth. A Marks & Spencer food hall is not a place to breed religious or racial intolerance.

Dawkins Wades Into M&S Alcohol & Pork Products Row

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

Prominent atheist Richard Dawkins has attacked Marks & Spencer over its policy of allowing Muslim checkout staff to refuse to serve customers alcohol ...

M&S Apologises Over Muslim Staff Row

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

Marks & Spencer has apologised, saying its procedure was not followed when a Muslim member of staff refused to serve a customer trying to buy a bottle...

Muslim M&S Staff Told They Can Refuse To Serve Alcohol And Pork

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.12.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Atheist Richard Dawkins Wades Into M&S Alcohol & Pork Products Row As Retailer Apologises Muslim checkout staff at Marks and Spencer have ...

M&S To Only Sell Gender Neutral Toys From Spring 2014

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.12.2013 | UK

All toys sold at department store Marks and Spencer will be gender neutral from Spring 2014, the company has confirmed. The news came via Twitter ...

Animal Welfare Isn't on the Agenda

Philip Lymbery | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK
Philip Lymbery

I'm delighted to hear that both Coop Group (Switzerland) and Marks & Spencer are showing leadership in farm animal welfare and have come out top this year. As well as managing animal welfare risks, embracing higher animal welfare can be embraced as a business opportunity.

Brits Don't Want Our Jobs, Say Ocado And Domino's Pizza Bosses

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.12.2013 | UK

Brits should find jobs of their own and stop complaining about immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria coming here to work, Ocado's Sir Stuart Rose has s...

Why This Christmas Will Be the Busiest Yet for Shelter's Helpline

Liz Clare | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Liz Clare

Despite nearly a decade at the other end of the phone, I have never seen the helpline as busy as it is now, and it's picking up every day. We're open seven days a week, 365 days a year, and from morning until night, the phones ring constantly - without fail.

Don't Let Christmas Ads Trick You Into Thinking Advertising Can Be Art

Planet Ivy | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Planet Ivy

I have put the question of whether advertising can be seen as art to friends, colleagues and family, and they all agree that it can be. They inevitably reel off adverts they remember over the years - if it involves surfing horses it must be art.

Big Ads and Big TV: A Marriage Made in Heaven

Gavin Devine | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gavin Devine

We have just seen the launch of this year's Christmas adverts for Marks and Spencer and John Lewis, as well as a slew of other department stores and supermarkets - Sainsbury's is launching its campaign tomorrow.

A Tale of Two Retailers

Karan Chadda | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Karan Chadda

It is the best of times, if you're John Lewis, it is the worst of times, if you're Marks & Spencer. These two titans of British retail are going through very different experiences. John Lewis continues to grow robustly whereas poor M&S, despite the strength of its food business, desperately needs to turnaround its declining, core clothing business.

WATCH: The Quite Bizarre And Slightly Scary M&S Christmas Advert

The Huffington Post UK | Andrea Mann | Posted 29.11.2013 | UK Comedy

Ah, Christmas! A time of sweetness and light, comfort and joy.... unless you're living in Marks And Spencer world. Yes, the M&S 2013 Christmas adv...

LOOK: Who's In Marks And Spencer's New 'Womanist' Campaign?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Has Marks & Spencer finally got it right with its new 'Britain's Leading Ladies' campaign? Certainly it's in line with the current zeitgeist of ch...

Consumer Empowerment Through Competition Will Help Restore Trust in Banking

Matthew Fell | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK
Matthew Fell

People are angry with banks - they have every right to be after all the scandals that have engulfed the sector. Our small and medium-sized members often feel that the bank will do what is best for itself, rather than the customer. But a thriving economy is dependent on a healthy banking system and banking won't be healthy without trust.

Something Up Their Sleeve That Might Just Save M&S

Jan Shure | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Style
Jan Shure

If I hadn't seen the drop-dead gorgeous dresses in their A/W collection - many with the kind of sleeves most grown-up women crave - I might be less excited by her announcement. But Ms Earl, 51, brings back to M&S that intangible something - call it class, call it good taste, call it style - which has been so sorely lacking in the past decade.

How Does The World's Smallest Apple Measure Up Taste-Wise?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

It’s not exactly the kind of snack that will get you through a long, dark winter, but for snacking in summer, the Tiddly Pomme – the world’s sma...

The Future of Corporate Sustainability Is All About Innovation

Sara Benwell | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Sara Benwell

I recently attended a conference held by the London Business School, focussing on Corporate Sustainability. The conference was interesting because it looked specifically at the future of corporate sustainability and the importance of innovation in achieving this.

M&S Profits Fall To Lowest Level In Four Years

PA | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK

Marks & Spencer's annual profits fell to their lowest level in four years today after clothing sales slumped. Underlying pre-tax profits for 2012/1...

Fraudsters Scammed Millions From High Street Retailers

PA | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK

A crime gang of fraudsters who lived the life of Riley through a multi-million pound scam on high-street shops have been jailed. Kevin Pomeroy, 47,...

Complaints Over 'Degrading Anti-Feminist' M&S Advert Rejected

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A Marks & Spencer lingerie campaign featuring model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has been cleared by the advertising watchdog following complaints that i...

Charlie Thomas

Can Sir Stuart Save Ocado?

HuffingtonPost.com | Charlie Thomas | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK

Online retailer Ocado has secured Sir Stuart Rose as its new chairman in a move the company hopes will steer it into calmer waters. Ocado has been ...

Worse Than Expected Christmas Sales For M&S

PA | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK

Marks & Spencer has revealed a bigger-than-expected slump in clothing sales over Christmas. Non-food sales at the retail bellwether were down 3.8%,...

Man Critical After M&S Trolley 'Incident'

PA | Posted 31.12.2012 | UK

A 60-year-old man is critically ill after being struck by a trolley during an alleged altercation at a Marks and Spencer store. The man suffered a ...