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John Timpson

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Age: 68!

Company: Timpson

Company turnover: £160m

First job: Shoe shop assistant

Dream job: I do it now

Car: BMW 4X4

Economy, business or first class: Second class rail. First class plane.

Most extravagant purchase: The White Eagle the pub on Anglesey which my wife Alex wanted so she could have somewhere decent to eat near our holiday cottage (she doesn’t cook).

Most-played song on your iPod: “Avalon” by Bryan Ferry.

Best business book: The Nordstrom Way

Worst business moment: Telling my colleagues that I had sold the Timpson shoe shops.

Proudest business moment: Buying back the family business in 1983.

Your business mentor: My wife Alex

Next big thing: Wait and see…

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