Snappy Snaps sold to shoe repair chain, Timpson

Snappy Snaps, the high street photo processing and photo gift franchise, has been bought by Timpson

Founded in 1983, by Tim MacAndrews and Don Kennedy, Snappy Snaps and their 121-shop chain will continue to be run as a franchise.

They learnt franchising from their franchisor, Moshe Gerstenhaber, who was one of the most enthusiastic and passionate people involved in the formation of UK franchising.

Timpson also owns 200 Max Spielmann photo shops, mostly based in the North. Snappy Snaps stores are in central London and the South East.

James Timpson, chief executive of Timpson, commented: “We will continue with the Snappy Snaps brand and its successful franchise format. Since buying Max Speilmann four years ago we have transformed it from a traditional photo processor into a very successful photo retailer, specialising in passport photos, portraits and photo gifts. Snappy Snaps has always kept ahead of the trends in the digital photo market and its geographical distribution is a perfect fit with Max Spielmann.”