Leeds retailer’s charitable city boost

ARTIST IMPRESSION: John Lewis have teamed up with Leeds Community Foundation.
ARTIST IMPRESSION: John Lewis have teamed up with Leeds Community Foundation.
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Retail bosses behind a new regional flagship store have teamed up with Leeds Community Foundation.

The partnership between John Lewis and the Foundation will provide £125,000 to the charity’s work with the launch of a new grants fund.

The John Lewis Leeds Community Grants Fund, which will launch early next year, will be used to support local organisations in the community.

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Andy Street, managing director of John Lewis, said: “We look forward to working with the Foundation and hearing from local community groups and charitable organisations about how the John Lewis Leeds Community Grants Fund can support their local Leeds community.

“Community work is embedded across every aspect of John Lewis, not just through our Constitution but through Partners helping through a wide range of initiatives including fundraising and volunteering, which forms part of John Lewis’s long-standing objective to engage with local communities.”

Sally-Anne Greenfield of Leeds Community Foundation, added “We were overwhelmed by the support of John Lewis and their suppliers on the golf day and are thrilled to have raised such a significant amount of money.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with an organisation which sees the importance of community engagement in areas where its shops are based.

“We are excited to open the new Fund early next year and work with John Lewis to support a range of people and have a positive impact on local communities across Leeds.”

For more details visit www.leedscf.org.uk

LAST PART OF CITY JIGSAW

The £150m Victoria Gate development in Leeds is set to open next autumn as stores rush to grab a space next to one of the biggest John Lewis stores outside London.

The scheme is being billed as the latest piece in the jigsaw of the complete regeneration of Leeds city centre.

Property developer Hammerson said the 34,300 square metre scheme, which is adjacent to Victoria Quarter, will consist of a flagship John Lewis store, a two-street arcade with more than 30 aspirational retailers and restaurants.

There will also be an 800-space multi-storey car park at the shopping centre site.

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