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Supporting Timpson’s New Venture

Posted on Thu 26th Nov, 2015 in: Retail Signage

Signage for ArkHive

Signage for ArkHive Identity Shop

Timpson has been a client of ours for many years; we’re responsible for all the signage for its Timpson, Snappy Snaps and Max Spielmann shops. It has always been a very forward thinking company in terms of how it operates – initiatives such as giving opportunities to ex-offenders and its ‘upside down’ management structure for example – and now its diversifying into an area that has never been seen before on British high streets – the UK’s first ‘identity shop’.

This identity shop, branded as ArkHive, will provide identity services to businesses and individuals. These services will range from ID photos for individuals to pre-employment screening services for small businesses. Timpson is already the biggest provider of identity photographs in the country and it wants to develop in this area – hence the introduction of this new concept. They describe ArkHive as “a community hub providing ID focused services such as; pre-employment screening, DBS checks, landlord/tenant screening and hyper secure personal data storage.”

The first ArkHive shop is located in Henley, next door to an existing Timpson shop and opened just this month. A spokesperson for Timpson said:

“James Timpson’s vision for the store is of a quality environment with a relaxed tone. We are working very hard to improve on the existing shop, making sure that the frontage is in keeping and even enhances Bell Street. I hope that the people of Henley will enjoy using this new space.”


We are delighted, as Timpson’s sole signage provider, to have created both internal and external signage for the shop which has its own brand identity but is still very much part of the Timpson family. Informational signage inside the store clarifies the range of services and benefits available.

Timpson has 1470 shops across the UK and plans to open further ArkHive shops in other areas of the country. You can follow its progress via its Twitter account.

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