Keynote Speaker Unveiled For Business Awards Ceremony

A world-renowned businessman and author has just been announced as the keynote speaker at this year’s Shropshire Business Awards, thanks to support from a county-based PR firm.

John Timpson, Chairman of family retail business Timpson for 41 years, will be speaking at the awards ceremony on Friday 24thJune. His appearance is being sponsored by Oswestry-based boutique PR and reputation management firm The Jools Payne Partnership.

“John is a hugely respected figure with a world-wide reputation for inspiring thought leadership,” said Jools. “His maverick approach to management is refreshing and his avuncular character and lack of pomposity makes him a particularly entertaining speaker. We are proud to have worked closely with John and the Timpson business over the past 20 years and thrilled he accepted the invitation to speak at the Shropshire Business Awards.”

Now in its 16th year, the ceremony is being hosted at The International Centre, Telford, and will see a host of category sponsors, nominees and members of the wider business community network and socialise before tucking into a lavish three course dinner followed by an evening of celebrations and casino.

“To have secured someone of John Timpson’s reputation and gravitas as our keynote speaker at the awards this year is a real coup, and we’re grateful to Jools for helping to pull it off” explained Richard Sheehan, Chief Executive of the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce who are hosting the event.

“The Timpson Group is the UK’s second largest privately-owned retail chain and is wholly owned by John. Its portfolio of 1,400 shops includes the Timpson, Max Spielmann and Snappy Snaps brands as well as a successful locksmiths business. The company turns over in excess of £200million and employs over 3500 people so I know that many in the audience will be eager to hear his secrets of success” he added.

“In 2000, John wrote a book, ‘Dear James’, where he passes on to his son, the Group’s current CEO, the lessons he learned across his 30 years as a Chief Executive, and his unique business style which he calls ‘upside down management’. John will be sharing some of these tips with us at the Shropshire Business Awards in June,” he concluded.

Local businesses are being urged to submit entries into one or more of the 12 categories via the dedicated, and there are also a limited number of sponsorship opportunities still available. Anyone interested in learning more is being encouraged to call 01952 208200 for further information.

A true champion of Shropshire businesses at local, regional and national level, the Chamber of Commerce offers a competitive sliding scale of membership fees based on business size.