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John Timpson CBE - Entrepreneur, Author, columist

John Timpson CBE now has over 1600 branches nationwide, including the Max Spielmann and Snappy Snaps brands, a successful Timpson Locksmiths business and Johnsons the Cleaners. Join us us to hear about how John turned the family business into the retail giant they are today.

The Timpson family business, founded by John’s great grandfather in the 1860’s, was taken over in 1973, but 10 years later John led a £42m management buyout. In 1987 he sold the shoe shops and concentrated on building the shoe repairing and key cutting business, which has diversified into engraving, watch repairs, dry cleaning and photo processing.

Timpson now has over 1600 branches nationwide, including the Max Spielmann and Snappy Snaps brands and a successful Timpson Locksmiths business. The Group has a turnover of over £200m and profits of over £25m. It is a private business wholly owned by John Timpson and his family. Timpson is recognised for its creative approach to employee engagement and innovative work helping ex-offenders – it is the UK’s most active employer of people from prison.

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