Why Us

Our operations in the UK are the largest within the Group, with over 3500 stores and over 310,000 colleagues. We have strengthened the foundations of the UK business and we are now accelerating plans to deliver the most compelling offer for customers with sharper prices, improved quality, stronger ranges and better service. Every colleague has an amazing opportunity to play their part in delivering small changes every day that can make a big difference to customers and colleagues.

Why Us

What we're about

We like to say that 'Every little helps.' And every big strategic decision helps too. In fact, everything we do is about helping our customers. They rely on us, chat with us, laugh with us. They trust us to deliver what they want, when and where they want it. And we owe it to them to do what we can to make their lives easier.

We want to give every customer a great experience every time. And we want to do this across every channel we can, so that our customers can shop with us however, whenever, and wherever they choose.

Now our new CEO, Dave, has joined the business, we're simplifying. The business will be running around 3 things:

  • Customer - they're at the heart of everything we do
  • Channels - in store, online, mobile
  • Product - put simply, what customers can buy

Our Values

We have three. They guide the way we make a difference for our customers, our colleagues and the communities we’re in.

The values are:

  • 1

    No one tries harder for customers

    We understand customers, are first to meet their needs, and act responsibly in the community.

  • 2

    We treat people how THEY want to be treated

    We work as team; we trust and respect each other; we listen, support and say thank you; and we share knowledge and experience.

  • 3

    Every little help makes a big difference

    Every little help makes a big difference – it’s the value we live by to ensure we serve our customers, colleagues and their communities a little better every day.

Our type of person

We care passionately about our colleagues and our customers.

Could you be like this too?

We look for people who are:

our type of person

Up for achieving great things together

Always trying to do things the right way

Full of new ideas

Always looking to improve what they do for customers

Driven to role model our five key leadership skills

Agile in the way they think, make decisions and handle change

Connected to the latest thinking, inside and outside of the business

Hungry to drive their own career and become one of our leaders

Ok with sticking to their values and doing the right thing, even when it's tough

Positive and find a way of inspiring confidence in others

Our five key leadership skills

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We trust our colleagues and so we achieve more together.

We put people, both colleagues and customers, at the heart of everything we do.

We continually scan the horizon for trends and opportunities, and foster an environment where new ideas are welcomed and explored.

We know ourselves inside out and always stick to our values, even when it’s tough.

We thrive on change, juggle priorities, and take measured risks to grow our business.

Everyone is Welcome at Tesco

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Everyone is Welcome at Tesco is the way we describe equality, diversity and inclusion at Tesco. It means that whoever you are, wherever you work and whatever you do, we want you to be yourself at work and able to fulfil your potential.

As unique individuals, each of us needs different support to achieve that. If you have a disability sometimes this can be harder and our inclusive approach is designed to identify where barriers exist and work to remove them.


Scroll through the dates to discover Tesco landmarks.

  • 1919

    Our founder, Jack Cohen, begins selling groceries from a stall in London’s East End. He makes a £1 profit from a sales total of £4 on the first day.


    The first own-brand product sold by Jack: Tesco Tea.


    Jack opens the first Tesco store, in Burnt Oak, Middlesex.


    Tesco was floated on the stock exchange with a share price of 25 pence.

  • 1963

    Green shield stamps were introduced. Stamps collected at the checkout could be exchanged for a range of goods from a catalogue.


    We launch Clubcard, the UK’s leading customer loyalty card.


    We launch Tesco.com. It now serves over 500,000 customers a week, and is the only profitable online grocer.


    We launch Tesco Direct, selling everything from TVs to towels.

  • 2013

    We launch our own 7-inch tablet and call it the Hudl. By April 2014 we’d sold 500,000 of them.


    Our new CEO, Dave Lewis, joined the business.


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