Originally a shoe retailer founded in 1865 by William Timpson, this high-street stalwart offers dry cleaning, key-cutting and watch and shoe repairs in more than 2,100 shops. Profits grew by 11% to £14.3m in 2018, on sales of £277.6m, as it consolidated its 2017 acquisition of the Johnsons dry-cleaning business. The Manchester firm — which employs 1,200 ex-offenders in its 4,700-strong workforce — is run by the founder’s great-grandson, chairman Sir John Timpson, 76, and his son James, 48, who is chief executive. It is planning to build a university near its head office, offering degree training to 500 staff a year.
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