Founded as a Manchester shoe business by William Timpson in 1865, the company has since added key cutting, watch repairs, photo services and dry cleaning, across a network of more than 1,400 stores. Under chairman John Timpson, 72, the great grandson of the founder, and his son James, 44, the chief executive, it diversified further in 2013 with the acquisition of Snappy Snaps, followed by last year’s purchase of the Tesco Photo business.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank160
CompanyTimpson
ActivityRetail services provider
LocationManchester
Sales £m*194.0
Operating profit £m*16.0
Main shareholders

John Timpson and family trusts (100%)

Staff3,150
Founded1865
Websitewww.timpson.com

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda