A helping hand from Timpson

Posted by The Skibbereen Eagle | January 8, 2015 0

timpsonI’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.

“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”.

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.

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!


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