Paula Nickolds, 44, became the first female managing director of John Lewis in January. It is one of two divisions within the John Lewis Partnership, which also includes Waitrose, led by managing director Rob Collins, 46. Tougher trading conditions meant staff at the firm’s 48 John Lewis shops and 354 Waitrose branches have had their annual bonus cut to 6% of salary — the lowest level since 1954. Despite this, the partnership’s revenue grew 2.8% to £10bn under its chairman, Sir Charlie Mayfield, 50.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank3
CompanyJohn Lewis Partnership
ActivityFood and general retailer
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*10,026
Profit £m*874
Year endJan 17
Principal shareholdersEmployees (100%)
Staff88,000
Founded1864
Websitewww.johnlewispartnership.co.uk

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