Yvonne Gorman meets Sir John Timpson

Posted on: June 5th, 2018 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments


by Yvonne Gorman

Founded by Sir John’s great-grandfather, William Timpson in 1870, Timpson originated as a retail boot and shoe business based in Manchester.

Timpson, which remained very much a family business, was taken over in 1973. Skip ahead 10 years later, when Sir John led a £42m management buyout.

And then in 1987, when Rick Astley was in the charts and I had just turned 5, Sir John sold the shoe shops and concentrated on building the shoe repair and key cutting business that most of us know Timpson as being today. 

But the company has diversified into engraving, watch repairs, dry cleaning and photo processing.

Timpson now has over 1900 branches nationwide, including Max Spielmann and Johnsons the Cleaners. The Group has a turnover of over £200m* and profits of over £20m. It remains a private business still owned by Sir John Timpson and family. 

Timpson is recognised for its creative approach to employee engagement and is the UK’s most active employer of ex-offenders. I admire how they have replaced their HR department with a “people support” team, whose main role is to help colleagues to sort out personal problems.

*Sir John mentioned that it’s probably more like £300m! 

In 2004 Sir John was awarded the CBE in the Birthday Honours List for Services to the Retail Sector. The awards didn’t stop there, we’ll find out later on.

Over the years, Sir John has described his business philosophy in many books, “Dear James’ – a book which he wrote for his son and current CEO. Other books include ‘How to Ride a Giraffe (08), ‘Upside Down Management (2010)’ ‘Ask John’ (14) and ‘High Street Heroes’ (2015).

When I was writing this I immediately thought of a pun, “Oh I’ll ask Sir John ‘What are your ‘keys’ to success’ but it would seem he’s already written the book on it! It published in 2017 and recognized as a CMI Management Book of the Year. (Chartered Management Institute).

I’m unsure how racy this book is because Google told me that ‘People who read this book, also read; ‘Sex Education – a parents guide’. (Look at John Forkin) Let’s move swiftly on….

Sir John’s passion for writing also spills into the national press and is The Telegraph’s business agony uncle – a weekly column that he’s contributed towards for 11 years, its straight talking and full of common sense. And yesterday article was no exception, I’ve shared it on the Essential Print twitter feed.

Now, its clear that Sir John has put his heart and ‘sole’ into his business, but he remains very much a family man; he was married to his wife Alex for 47 years, who sadly passed away in January 2016. They have five children Victoria (48), James (45), Edward (43), Oliver (41) and Henry (29). But the additions to his family life didn’t stop there – oh no! Sir John and his wife were also foster carers for 31 years, during which time they fostered 90 children.

And in 2017 he was awarded a knighthood for Services to Business and Fostering. And I’m sure you’ll agree, deservedly so.

Let’s now hear from the man himself. Let’s give a huge, warm, Derby welcome to Sir John Timpson.

**MASSIVE APPLAUSE (no whooping)**

Producing the finished articles to such a high standard.

Posted on: June 1st, 2018 by Bianca Sadler No Comments

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The flyers look really great!

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“The flyers look really great! Thank you to all of you involved,” from Richard G

We’re hiring – Creative Artworker

Posted on: May 30th, 2018 by Yvonne Gorman No Comments

Essential Print Services is an expert printing company based on Pride Park in Derby. Proud of their ability to ‘make professionals, look professional’, they produce a variety of high-quality print products, including brochures, business cards, personalised stationery and exhibition signage to name but a few! This growing, local company is looking for an enthusiastic, artistic person to join their lively and dynamic team.

The Role

The successful candidate will be responsible for liaising with clients and taking briefs from the business owner and Account Managers in order to design and produce promotional materials. They will have the responsibility to assess the quality and accuracy of all their own work, as well as artwork supplied, prior to proof and production. They will be required to keep accurate records of project progression using a cloud-based management system.

Candidates must

• Have excellent written & verbal communication skills
• Have a genuine passion for print and technical knowledge of processes
• Possess strong computer skills preferably Apple Macs
• Have an exceptional visual sense
• Feel confident to present fresh ideas
• Be able to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues
• Be able to work to deadlines
• Have a commitment to their continual professional development
• Be motivated and flexible in their approach to work
• Enjoy space hopper races (yes, we really do have space hoppers)

The Package

  • Salary £19k-£23k per annum, dependant on experience
    (minimum of 2 years’ experience in a production studio or agency environment)
  • 40 hours per week
  • Flexible working hours between 8am-6pm
  • 20 days holiday + bank holidays
  • Continuous Personal Development (CPD) Support


How to Apply

If this role sounds like it might be the one for you, we would love to you to get in touch! Email, Yvonne Gorman, von@essentialprintservices.co.uk with your CV and a link to view your portfolio. Be quick, entries close at 5pm on Friday 8th June 2018. For an informal chat, call 01332 418377 and ask for Von.

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