Family Business Week - Sir John Timpson
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To celebrate Family Business Week we are looking back over some of our favourite interviews with UK family businesses.

Today's interview is with Sir John Timpson. Timpson's is one of the UK's most recognisable brands and their culture is the envy of most. We hear about how this culture is embedded into the business and reflected across the country by empowered staff. We also hear about Sir John's experience of fostering many children alongside his late wife Alex. As someone who grew up in a home that fostered those less fortunate than me, I can relate to how impactful the experience must have been for them.

The link for the Alex Timpson Trust is - here

About Family Business Week

Family Business Week is a week long celebration of family businesses as a force for good

The pandemic has once again highlighted the vital role that businesses play in supporting their local communities, and it is these community-focused values that are at the heart of family businesses. Rooted in their local communities, family businesses provide a long-term, sustainable model which views business as a force for good. 

Family Business Week 2021 is a week-long celebration of family businesses, particularly in relation to supporting local communities across all parts of the UK, and providing a platform to highlight the role of business as a force for good. 

Led by the Institute for Family Business (IFB), the voice of the UK’s family business sector.

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