John Lewis chair White: ‘External investment would not be about end of partnership – far from it’

Dame Sharon White

John Lewis chair Dame Sharon White has maintained that any external investment that may be brought in will not signal the end of the partnership, but will be a testament to the appeal of its co-owned model.

News that the Partnership, which owns the John Lewis department store business and grocer Waitrose, may seek external financing to drive forward its transformation sparked intense debate and fears that the business would dilute its purpose.

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