I’m not normally a great fan of the High Street key cutting / shoe repairing / Dry cleaning chain Timpson’s. For one thing one of its shareholders, Edward Timpson, is a Tory MP and I always found them very expensive. However they do treat their staff well investing in training and Apprenticeships and making a point of helping ex-offenders get a fresh start which is commendable and a policy other business’s could follow.
However, credit where credit is due for their latest initiative. Timpson are offering free suit cleaning for unemployed people going to job interviews. A sign placed at all their stores reads: “If you are unemployed and need an outfit cleaned for an interview we will clean it for free.
Our way of helping out a little pic.twitter.com/BDvGVjp7fj
— James Timpson (@JamesTCobbler) January 1, 2015
“When times are tough, we will help you look your best.” James Timpson, CEO of the company, said it was “our way of helping out a little”.
Timpson's dry cleaners have a sign up saying if you're unemployed and want a suit cleaned for an interview it's free. Made me a bit tearful
— nickyclark (@MrsNickyClark) January 5, 2015
The offer is available at all Timpson branches that offer dry cleaning. Timpson also has a policy of employing ex-offenders. A number of people on Twitter have been praising the idea.
Great offer from Timpson's. Not cynical, just decent. pic.twitter.com/uRQ5ngX1lK
— Stephen Donovan (@StepDon11) January 8, 2015
Stephen Donovan wrote: “Great idea from Timpson’s. Not cynical just decent.” This may seem a small gesture but is nonetheless an important one. It is a sign of respect to an unemployed person looking for a job who may not be able to afford to present himself / herself properly and a decent practical gesture which will also gain Timpson kudos among its customers. Well done to them!