Press releases and statements

Here you’ll find all our corporate press releases and statements, together with media contact details.

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1 August 2019

WORLD'S FIRST BLUEPRINT FOR HUMAN ROBOT INTERACTION LAUNCHES

Small Robot Company joins forces with the John Lewis Partnership to create world's first blueprint for Human Robot Interaction (HRI) in the real world.

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1 August 2019

Waitrose Unpacked test to launch in more shops after positive response in Oxford

Waitrose & Partners is to extend its ‘Unpacked’ test in Oxford beyond the original end date of 18 August and has committed to introducing elements of the concept into three more shops by the end of the year, after an overwhelmingly positive response.

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18 July 2019

WAITROSE & PARTNERS CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

Waitrose & Partners has today (18 July) announced it is to close seven shops.

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14 June 2019

WAITROSE & PARTNERS INVESTS IN SERVICE COUNTERS WITH PLANS TO TRAIN FISHMONGERS AND BUTCHERS

Retailer unveils plans to place its service counters centre stage in order to differentiate its offer from competitors.

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11 June 2019

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION OF HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

John Lewis & Partners has today announced its plan to bring its two home improvement services businesses, Home Solutions and Opun, together as it progresses with its ambition to create a truly differentiated home improvement offer.

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11 June 2019

NEW REPORT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO MAKE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES TAX EXEMPT

The John Lewis Partnership today calls on the Government to make all occupational health services tax exempt, to encourage employer investment in the physical and mental health of workers.

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6 June 2019

John Lewis Partnership appoints Sharon White as Chairman

The John Lewis Partnership today announces the appointment of Sharon White as the Partnership’s sixth Chairman. She will take up the role when Sir Charlie Mayfield steps down in early 2020.

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6 June 2019

John Lewis & Partners to trial a new virtual reality experience called ‘Visualise Your Space’

Retailer to trial virtual reality experience to enable customers to visualise new products in their homes before they buy

Waitrose & Partners Unpacked

4 June 2019

Waitrose & Partners unpacks a unique plan for future ways of shopping

Retailer to test concepts that could save thousands of tonnes of packaging and plastic

Waitrose & Partners delivery driver

24 May 2019

​Waitrose & Partners announces new Customer Fulfilment Centre in Enfield

New Customer Fulfilment Centre in Enfield will support online growth, as Waitrose & Partners acquire a 110,000 sq ft property in North London that will open as a dedicated fulfilment centre for online customer orders in spring next year.

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16 May 2019

Waitrose & Partners reveals winners of £1million fund to fight plastic pollution

From technology that tags fishing nets to plastic-eating fungi: Waitrose & Partners has revealed the projects it will be supporting with its unique £1 million grant fund designed to tackle plastic pollution.  

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16 May 2019

WAITROSE & PARTNERS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO TREBLE THE SIZE OF ITS ONLINE OPERATIONS

Waitrose & Partners today announces plans to treble the size of its successful online grocery operation to a £1bn business over the next three years, working in partnership with Today Development Partners (TDP).

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15 May 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES VOTE TO REFORM PENSION SCHEME

Following a year-long review and consultation with Partners, the John Lewis Partnership Council - a body made up of 58 democratically elected representatives who represent the views of Partners across the business - has voted for changes to the company’s pension scheme.

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2 May 2019

Partners at the John Lewis Partnership log a record 24,500 hours through its unique volunteering programme

Partners log a record 24,500 hours through our unique Golden Jubilee Trust volunteering programme.

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25 April 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP PLC PUBLISHES ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT FOR 2019

The John Lewis Partnership today published its Annual Report and Accounts and Corporate Responsibility Report for 2019.

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10 April 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP SUPPORTS RETHINK RETAIL

The John Lewis Partnership is supporting a new initiative to promote retail as a career of choice and showcase the wide range of career opportunities in retail.

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4 April 2019

NEW EXPERIMENTAL PACKAGING SHOWN TO HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES AS HE OPENS WAITROSE & PARTNERS FOOD INNOVATION STUDIO

Waitrose & Partners has joined forces with Scottish biotec company CuanTec to work on a new film for food packaging made out of waste langoustine shells.

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4 April 2019

HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES VISITS WAITROSE & PARTNERS’ HEADQUARTERS

HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened the new Waitrose & Partners Food Innovation Studio today.

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26 March 2019

John Lewis & Partners signs up to the UK Plastics Pact

John Lewis & Partners has joined the UK Plastics Pact a collaborative initiative, established by not for profit organisation WRAP, to create a circular economy for plastics.

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20 March 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP PLEDGES NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS BY 2050

All John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners shops, head offices, distribution centres and all other UK sites will have a net zero carbon footprint by 2050 at the latest.

John Lewis & Partners has published a report entitled “The Things We do In Our Living Rooms (and the things we wish we didn’t”

13 March 2019

THE THINGS WE DO IN OUR LIVING ROOMS REPORT

The living room has replaced the kitchen as the heart of UK homes but we’re not relaxing on three piece suites anymore, and now we’re working in this space too! 

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7 March 2019

Waitrose & Partners to sell five shops

Waitrose & Partners has today (7 March) confirmed that it has exchanged contracts for the sale of the five shops to various parties. 

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7 March 2019

Unaudited results for year ending 26 January 2019

Investment programme and financial strength maintained despite a challenging retail market.

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4 March 2019

The John Lewis Foundation launches partnership with WaterAid

The John Lewis Foundation launches partnership with WaterAid to empower artisan communities in India with clean water.

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27 February 2019

Waitrose & Partners Statement - Ocado

Waitrose & Partners confirms that following careful review of the relationship its commercial arrangement with Ocado will come to an end in September 2020, in line with contractual terms.

disability-confident-leader

26 February 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP RECOGNISED AS DISABILITY CONFIDENT LEADER

The John Lewis Partnership has achieved Disability Confident Leader status - the highest accreditation in the Department for Work and Pensions’ scheme which recognises and supports employers who recruit and retain people with disabilities.

jlab-press-release-2

18 February 2019

The John Lewis Partnership shortlists six entrepreneurs for its innovation programme

The John Lewis Partnership today announced that following a competitive pitch day for its retail innovation programme JLAB, it will continue discussions with six businesses who could transform how we shop in the future.

Plastic-research-effect

28 January 2019

Waitrose & Partners launches £1m initiative to tackle UK plastic pollution

Waitrose & Partners will today launch a £1 million grant fund to give money to projects designed to reduce unnecessary plastic and tackle plastic pollution.

Knight-&-Lee

23 January 2019

John Lewis & Partners announces the closure of Knight & Lee

John Lewis & Partners today announced that it will close Knight & Lee & Partners in Southsea.

ross-avery

17 January 2019

Changes to Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners Management Boards

Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners announce changes to their Management Boards.

waitrose-black-plastic

14 January 2019

Waitrose & Partners hits target to remove black plastic from hundreds of products

Waitrose & Partners has hit its target to remove black plastic from hundreds of products as part of its overall aim to eradicate black plastic from all its own-label products.

christmas-trading-pr-2019

10 January 2019

John Lewis Partnership Christmas trading statement for seven weeks to 5 January 2019

Gross sales at the John Lewis Partnership were up 1.4% versus last year to £2,207m. We had a positive Christmas trading period thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Partners in our business, delivering differentiated products and service to customers.

dick-concept-in-field

1 August 2019

WORLD'S FIRST BLUEPRINT FOR HUMAN ROBOT INTERACTION LAUNCHES

Small Robot Company joins forces with the John Lewis Partnership to create world's first blueprint for Human Robot Interaction (HRI) in the real world.

unpacked-thumb

1 August 2019

Waitrose Unpacked test to launch in more shops after positive response in Oxford

Waitrose & Partners is to extend its ‘Unpacked’ test in Oxford beyond the original end date of 18 August and has committed to introducing elements of the concept into three more shops by the end of the year, after an overwhelmingly positive response.

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18 July 2019

WAITROSE & PARTNERS CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

Waitrose & Partners has today (18 July) announced it is to close seven shops.

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14 June 2019

WAITROSE & PARTNERS INVESTS IN SERVICE COUNTERS WITH PLANS TO TRAIN FISHMONGERS AND BUTCHERS

Retailer unveils plans to place its service counters centre stage in order to differentiate its offer from competitors.

home-improvements-thumb

11 June 2019

JOHN LEWIS & PARTNERS ANNOUNCES INTEGRATION OF HOME IMPROVEMENT SERVICES

John Lewis & Partners has today announced its plan to bring its two home improvement services businesses, Home Solutions and Opun, together as it progresses with its ambition to create a truly differentiated home improvement offer.

John-Lewis-and-Partners-Leeds-wellbeing-champion-exercise-class-thumbnail

11 June 2019

NEW REPORT CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO MAKE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES TAX EXEMPT

The John Lewis Partnership today calls on the Government to make all occupational health services tax exempt, to encourage employer investment in the physical and mental health of workers.

V-768x512

6 June 2019

John Lewis Partnership appoints Sharon White as Chairman

The John Lewis Partnership today announces the appointment of Sharon White as the Partnership’s sixth Chairman. She will take up the role when Sir Charlie Mayfield steps down in early 2020.

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6 June 2019

John Lewis & Partners to trial a new virtual reality experience called ‘Visualise Your Space’

Retailer to trial virtual reality experience to enable customers to visualise new products in their homes before they buy

Waitrose & Partners Unpacked

4 June 2019

Waitrose & Partners unpacks a unique plan for future ways of shopping

Retailer to test concepts that could save thousands of tonnes of packaging and plastic

Waitrose & Partners delivery driver

24 May 2019

​Waitrose & Partners announces new Customer Fulfilment Centre in Enfield

New Customer Fulfilment Centre in Enfield will support online growth, as Waitrose & Partners acquire a 110,000 sq ft property in North London that will open as a dedicated fulfilment centre for online customer orders in spring next year.

file

16 May 2019

Waitrose & Partners reveals winners of £1million fund to fight plastic pollution

From technology that tags fishing nets to plastic-eating fungi: Waitrose & Partners has revealed the projects it will be supporting with its unique £1 million grant fund designed to tackle plastic pollution.  

_2029199_12224430_6365, 6365

16 May 2019

WAITROSE & PARTNERS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO TREBLE THE SIZE OF ITS ONLINE OPERATIONS

Waitrose & Partners today announces plans to treble the size of its successful online grocery operation to a £1bn business over the next three years, working in partnership with Today Development Partners (TDP).

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15 May 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES VOTE TO REFORM PENSION SCHEME

Following a year-long review and consultation with Partners, the John Lewis Partnership Council - a body made up of 58 democratically elected representatives who represent the views of Partners across the business - has voted for changes to the company’s pension scheme.

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2 May 2019

Partners at the John Lewis Partnership log a record 24,500 hours through its unique volunteering programme

Partners log a record 24,500 hours through our unique Golden Jubilee Trust volunteering programme.

ara-2019-tile

25 April 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP PLC PUBLISHES ANNUAL REPORT AND ACCOUNTS AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT FOR 2019

The John Lewis Partnership today published its Annual Report and Accounts and Corporate Responsibility Report for 2019.

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10 April 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP SUPPORTS RETHINK RETAIL

The John Lewis Partnership is supporting a new initiative to promote retail as a career of choice and showcase the wide range of career opportunities in retail.

waitrose-and-partners-thumbnail

4 April 2019

NEW EXPERIMENTAL PACKAGING SHOWN TO HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES AS HE OPENS WAITROSE & PARTNERS FOOD INNOVATION STUDIO

Waitrose & Partners has joined forces with Scottish biotec company CuanTec to work on a new film for food packaging made out of waste langoustine shells.

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4 April 2019

HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES VISITS WAITROSE & PARTNERS’ HEADQUARTERS

HRH The Prince of Wales officially opened the new Waitrose & Partners Food Innovation Studio today.

JLANDP-SIGNS-UP-TO-THE-UK-PLASTICS-PACT

26 March 2019

John Lewis & Partners signs up to the UK Plastics Pact

John Lewis & Partners has joined the UK Plastics Pact a collaborative initiative, established by not for profit organisation WRAP, to create a circular economy for plastics.

zero-emmission-fleet-thumbnail

20 March 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP PLEDGES NET ZERO CARBON EMISSIONS BY 2050

All John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners shops, head offices, distribution centres and all other UK sites will have a net zero carbon footprint by 2050 at the latest.

John Lewis & Partners has published a report entitled “The Things We do In Our Living Rooms (and the things we wish we didn’t”

13 March 2019

THE THINGS WE DO IN OUR LIVING ROOMS REPORT

The living room has replaced the kitchen as the heart of UK homes but we’re not relaxing on three piece suites anymore, and now we’re working in this space too! 

waitrose-press-release-march-2019-thumbnail

7 March 2019

Waitrose & Partners to sell five shops

Waitrose & Partners has today (7 March) confirmed that it has exchanged contracts for the sale of the five shops to various parties. 

fy-results-thumbnail

7 March 2019

Unaudited results for year ending 26 January 2019

Investment programme and financial strength maintained despite a challenging retail market.

WaterAid3

4 March 2019

The John Lewis Foundation launches partnership with WaterAid

The John Lewis Foundation launches partnership with WaterAid to empower artisan communities in India with clean water.

file

27 February 2019

Waitrose & Partners Statement - Ocado

Waitrose & Partners confirms that following careful review of the relationship its commercial arrangement with Ocado will come to an end in September 2020, in line with contractual terms.

disability-confident-leader

26 February 2019

JOHN LEWIS PARTNERSHIP RECOGNISED AS DISABILITY CONFIDENT LEADER

The John Lewis Partnership has achieved Disability Confident Leader status - the highest accreditation in the Department for Work and Pensions’ scheme which recognises and supports employers who recruit and retain people with disabilities.

jlab-press-release-2

18 February 2019

The John Lewis Partnership shortlists six entrepreneurs for its innovation programme

The John Lewis Partnership today announced that following a competitive pitch day for its retail innovation programme JLAB, it will continue discussions with six businesses who could transform how we shop in the future.

Plastic-research-effect

28 January 2019

Waitrose & Partners launches £1m initiative to tackle UK plastic pollution

Waitrose & Partners will today launch a £1 million grant fund to give money to projects designed to reduce unnecessary plastic and tackle plastic pollution.

Knight-&-Lee

23 January 2019

John Lewis & Partners announces the closure of Knight & Lee

John Lewis & Partners today announced that it will close Knight & Lee & Partners in Southsea.

ross-avery

17 January 2019

Changes to Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners Management Boards

Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners announce changes to their Management Boards.

waitrose-black-plastic

14 January 2019

Waitrose & Partners hits target to remove black plastic from hundreds of products

Waitrose & Partners has hit its target to remove black plastic from hundreds of products as part of its overall aim to eradicate black plastic from all its own-label products.

christmas-trading-pr-2019

10 January 2019

John Lewis Partnership Christmas trading statement for seven weeks to 5 January 2019

Gross sales at the John Lewis Partnership were up 1.4% versus last year to £2,207m. We had a positive Christmas trading period thanks to the extraordinary efforts of Partners in our business, delivering differentiated products and service to customers.