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A team of tech entrepreneurs have won a £100,000 investment in an initiative from John Lewis.

Localz specialises in micro-location technology and beat hundreds of applicants for the prize, with the finals held at One Canada Square's start-up space Level39 last week.

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Staff at Stratford's John Lewis store will start the season with a spring in their step after pocketing a 17 per cent bonus.

Announced by the John Lewis Partnership, the reward applies to all employees and is equivalent to almost nine weeks pay.


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By Kay Lockett

"A man without a smiling face, should never open a shop," says Noel Saunders, managing director of John Lewis Stratford City, quoting a Chinese proverb as he welcomes the first customers of the day to the department store.

He said: "I'm at the front door every day. I came across this saying, which sums up and evokes a sense of what retailing is all about. My simple take on it is to be present and say good morning to the first rush of customers and make them feel welcome.

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A few years ago, turning your back on the hustle and bustle of one of Oxford Street's biggest department stores for one in east London would have been the equivalent of self imposed exile.

So it's a sign of the times that John Lewis' managing director for the central London store is relishing the move.

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Epic is the only way to describe the Westfield Stratford City development.

Set to be the largest shopping centre in Europe, and with the Olympic Park next door, the former disused industrial rail space is currently a building site of mammoth proportions.