Free suit dry cleaning gives a hand to jobless

Timpson in Banbury are doing free dry cleaning for interviews for the unemployed. From the left, James Wasley, Dan Bonas, branch manager and Luke Morris. NNL-150113-105327009
Timpson in Banbury are doing free dry cleaning for interviews for the unemployed. From the left, James Wasley, Dan Bonas, branch manager and Luke Morris. NNL-150113-105327009

The Banbury branch of a national chain is doing its bit to help the unemployed.

Signs have been put outside Timpson stores across the country saying: “If you are unemployed and need an outfit cleaned for an interview, we will clean it for free.”

The offer is available throughout January and Parsons Street store manager, Dan Bonas, has already seen a number of people take up the offer.

Speaking to the Banbury Guardian, Mr Bonas, 27, who has been store manager for the past six years, said Timpson was a charitable company and this most recent cause was the idea of company CEO, James Timpson.

Mr Bonas said: “Timpson is one of the highest employers of people from prisons and the company likes to help rehabilitate people and get them back working.

“We want to help people back into employment so if it is a suit, we will dry clean it for free. We’ve been told we might get a few people taking the mickey, but we will trust people to be honest.”

He added: “At the moment it is difficult to find work and people who are out of work don’t have the money to have their suits dry cleaned. We are happy to help.”

Nationally, hundreds of people have taken up the offer according to James Timpson.

He said: “When people are going for interview it’s important to look and feel smart and getting their suit dry cleaned is part of that.

“It makes people more confident and gives them that two per cent extra chance of getting a job. We just thought it was a really good idea.”

Timpson is also supporting the charity After Adoption. When the company does a small job it asks customers to put £1 in its in-store charity boxes.