Originally a shoe business founded in 1865 by William Timpson, it now also offers key-cutting, watch and mobile phone repairs and photo services across 1,900 stores. Profits dipped in 2017, as the firm absorbed a dry-cleaning business from Johnsons and Jeeves, but sales powered ahead 29% to £260.1m. The firm — which prides itself on its scheme to employ ex-offenders — is run by the founder’s great-grandson, chairman Sir John Timpson, 75, and his son James, 47, who is chief executive.
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