Ask John: Straight-Talking, Common Sense from the Front Line of Management is not about racing but John Timpson CBE is a racehorse owner and regular blogger for

So we are delighted to promote his latest publication – and perhaps some of racing’s many businesses and corporate connections will enjoy his advice too!

John is one of the UK’s most successful businessmen. He is Chairman of the eponymous high street cobblers, key cutters, engravers and watch repairers, with more than 1,300 branches throughout the UK and Ireland and a turnover of GBP180m.

He is hugely admired across the business world for the ‘Upside Down Management’ techniques that put the growth of the business in the hands of its employees – or of John’s colleagues, as they are called. John’s Daily Telegraph column, ‘Ask John’, has been dispensing straight-talking, no-nonsense business advice for more than five years. This book collects and expands the very best from that column for the first time. From why low cost will never be a real substitute for proper customer service to the etiquette of employing interns, John’s honest, common-sense business advice should be required reading for anyone running a business – whatever the size.

To celebrate the publication of his new book, John has created a voucher exclusively for readers. The voucher entitles you to 20% off when presented at any Timpson or Max Spielman store. Simply print it off (below) and take it with you when you go shopping!



Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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