Three elated brides-to-be have kissed their wedding debts goodbye – after receiving a 15 per cent bonus at work.
Soraya Szadura, Rebecca Morris and Sarah Bagnall are among 487 John Lewis staff in Sheffield – and 91,000 nationwide – who have been told they will each get a piece of a whopping £202.5m pie, equivalent to nearly eight weeks’ pay.
It’s a dream come true for the blissful brides who admitted the bonus – which John Lewis dishes out to its staff every year – will make a huge difference to them on their special days.
Sarah, aged 32, of Maltby in Rotherham, who has worked at John Lewis Sheffield for nearly seven years, told The Star: “I’m getting married this year in the Algarve – the same place my fiance Leighton proposed – and this money is going to allow us to do lots of little special things with our family and friends while we’re out there.
“It’s also going to make a huge difference when planning our honeymoon so I’m really excited to start thinking about that.”
Fellow-bride Rebecca, 23, of Gleadless, said the bonus is going to help make her dream honeymoon in Las Vegas unforgettable.
“Everything that we wanted to do, but thought might be a bit expensive – all the shows and all the trips – we’re able to do it all now and that feels wonderful,” said Rebecca, who will marry fiance Will at Mosborough Hall this July.
And Soraya, 22, from Derbyshire, has got an exciting year of planning ahead after yesterday’s windfall.
She said: “We’re getting married some time next summer and are just starting to get to grips with all the planning – this money is going to make such a difference and make it a really fun year!”
Business protection manager Paul Warrender revealed he will be using the money to indulge in some expensive parts for his pride and joy – his vintage 1974 Pontiac Firebird.
“I love vintage cars and my car is in desperate need of a new performance exhaust, which are hard to find and costly for this type of car so the bonus will be a real helping hand to cover the cost,” said the 48-year-old, or Thorpe Hesley in Rotherham.
Paul, who has worked at John Lewis Sheffield for 32 years, added: “I’ve seen many bonuses in my time and it remains one of my favourite times of the year. For me it symbolises what’s special about the Partnership model as a co-owner of the business.”
More than 150 jubilant staff members gathered at John Lewis Sheffield yesterday morning for the bonus announcement at precisely 9.25am.
Last year, employees – who are treated as partners by John Lewis, sharing in the firm’s profits – received 17 per cent.
Head of branch James Prince told The Star: “We’re all really pleased with 15 per cent. It’s been another great year for John Lewis and the bonus is always a lovely treat.
“I’ll be using mine to take the family on a holiday – I’m sure my two kids will see that it gets spent quickly.”
Another lady who’ll be splashing the cash with her family is 59-year-old Susan Lee, who has worked at the branch for 19 years.
“My bonus will go towards making my 60th birthday later this year one to remember,” said Susan, of Hackenthorpe.
“It’s paying for my husband John and I to spend a week in Turkey with 23 members of our family – all our children, their partners and our grandchildren – a real holiday of a lifetime!
“We’re going to enjoy Jeep Safaris, mud baths and wonderful dinners. I really can’t wait!”