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Business Masterclass: John Timpson of Timpson Group

2nd December 2016, 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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The North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Preston’s College presents a Business Masterclass from John Timpson of the Timpson Group to be held at the Theatre and Atrium of Preston’s College.

Mr. Timpson will present his “Upside-Down Management” approach to his highly successful organisation which has a £200 million turnover annually! This Masterclass will provide inspirational business development and success tips for business people at any size organisation and in any capacity of business. We are truly fortunate to have the rare opportunity to hear from such an accomplished businessman.

Background of John Timpson:

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.

John 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.

In 2000 he wrote ‘Dear James,’ which passes on to his son James, now Timpson’s CEO, the lessons learned in 25 years as a Chief Executive.  A management maverick, he describes his business philosophy in ‘How to Ride a Giraffe’, ‘Upside Down Management’ and ‘Ask John’.

He has a weekly column in the Daily Telegraph and in 2004 he was awarded the CBE in the Birthday Honours List for Services to the Retail Sector.

Our business community will receive a Masterclass from one of the true “masters” of business, John Timpson, and this is a rare opportunity indeed as he is in demand for an increasing number of speaking engagements talking about his unique business style which he calls:

‘Upside-down Management’

Our simple approach to business involves picking colleagues with personality and trusting them with the freedom to do their job, their way. We call it ‘Upside Down Management ‘, we can do it our way because we are a private family business. – John Timpson

Mr. Timpson will also be available for a 20 minute Q&A session following his presentation with the aim of allowing young business students at Preston’s College an opportunity to pose questions in the areas of career inspiration/how he made it/what’s important to employers like himself, etc – which is an important issue to both Preston’s College and the business members of the NW Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

This event is being made possible to our business community by the generosity of John Timpson and Preston’s College. Coffee, tea, and pastries will be provided for delegates.

The event takes place at the Theatre and Atrium on the Preston’s College campus:
St Vincents Road
Fulwood, Preston

Members: Free
Affliliates: £20 (Or free as one of two available taster events)
Non-Members: £50 (Or free as one of two available taster events)

To book on to this great Masterclass opportunity, contact our Training and Events team on 01253 347063 or via Email: chamberevents@lancschamber.co.uk


Preston’s College
St Vincent's Road
Preston, Lancashire PR2 8UR United Kingdom
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Daynor Harris
01253 347063