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The family owned key cutting and shoe repair firm Timpson has a strong tradition of supporting worthwhile causes through its work. It has raised over £2m for the charity ChildLine through its innovative 'free jobs' scheme and actively recruits ex-offenders by running training workshops in prisons.
The company's latest philanthropic initiative, spearheaded by John Timpson and his wife Alex, is a chef's training academy located at Rhosneigr on the Isle of Anglesey. The Maelog Project is a multi-million pound investment which will provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people on the island by offering skills training and work placements in the catering industry. The initiative is based on the 15 model, pioneered by the celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, which has successfully transformed the lives of young people in Newquay and London through apprenticeships.
The Timpson families' association with Anglesey dates back to 2003 when they purchased a holiday home on the island. This new initiative, which also features a hotel and restaurant linked to the academy, will enable the family to give something back to the community which has become their second home.
The chef’s academy is an excellent example of philanthropy in action and of how vision and creativity can be channelled through social enterprise to provide local solutions to local problems.
In recognition of Timpson's commitment to community philanthropy, John Timpson CBE, great grandson of the founder William Timpson, and wife Alex Timpson MBE were winners of the Family Business Philanthropy Beacon Award in 2010.
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