Yorkshire has a strong business heritage and has been the birthplace of lots of world famous brands.
With that in mind, we’re launching a mini-series looking at some of the best brands to come from Yorkshire, and we’re starting with one of the most famous of them all – Marks & Spencer.
From penny bazaar to international brand
Marks & Spencer’s started life as a penny bazaar in Leeds Kirkgate market in 1884. The stall was run by Michael Marks, and famously featured the tagline “don’t ask the price, it’s a penny”.
In 1894, Marks went into partnership with Thomas Spencer, and the Marks & Spencer brand was born.
Over the next few years the company would grow and grow, becoming a limited company in 1926 and opening their now famous flagship Marble Arch sto...