About Us

Proudly serving our customers, both nationally and globally, since 1884.

Our History

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1884

William Hobbs

In 1884 William Hobbs set up his own print shop, “William Hobbs & Sons” in Southampton, having begun his career as an apprentice in a village just outside Winchester.

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1912

Henry Hobbs

Henry Hobbs (2nd generation) ran Hobbs in the early 1900s. A keen photographer, Henry took this photograph of the Staff Outing in 1912 with his son, Henry Colbert Hobbs, at the helm.

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1918

World War One

During World War One Henry Colbert Hobbs (3rd generation) looked after war horses, drove horse-drawn ambulances and assisted doctors and surgeons. In peace time, ‘Bert’ helped to improve the lives of the disabled living in Cheshire Homes.

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1937

Shirley Road, Southampton

In January 1937, the family business changed its name to “Hobbs the Printers” and moved to new premises in Shirley Road, Southampton.

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1946

Peter & Kenneth Hobbs

After World War Two, Peter and Kenneth Hobbs (4th generation) joined their father at Hobbs. In 1949 Hobbs was awarded a number of contracts to produce business critical documents for the British Railways.

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1954

Millbrook, Southampton

Hobbs outgrew its premises in Shirley Road and moved into a new factory in Millbrook, Southampton.

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1959

First Female Operators

Hobbs was the first UK company to give female team members the same opportunity as their male colleagues to become trained Monotype and Linotype keyboard operators.

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1969

Letterpress to Litho

Hobbs was one of the first UK printing companies to move from Letterpress to Lithographic, yet another example of Hobbs embracing innovation.

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1991

Digital Printing

Hobbs becomes one of the first companies to offer very short-run Digital Printing and Print-on-Demand with its investment in a Rank Xerox DocuTech machine.

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1994

Calmore, Totton

With an expanding client base, Hobbs outgrew its factory in Millbrook and moved to its own purpose built factory at Calmore, Totton.

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2005

International Printers Network

Hobbs joins the IPN, enabling the company to offer Global Distribution & Print services to our clients.

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2009

125th Anniversary

Hobbs celebrated its 125th Anniversary at Stationers’ Hall with major clients, members of the Hobbs Team and 3 generations of the Hobbs family, including Chris Hobbs (6th generation).

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2017

Inkjet Investment

Hobbs invested in its first continuous Inkjet line with a print engine from Domino and handling & finishing equipment supplied by Hunkeler.

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Our Values


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Integrity

We treat our staff, customers and suppliers in an ethical manner with honesty and fairness.

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Passion for success

We are driven, enthusiastic, and energetic in our desire to fulfil the needs of our customers.

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Excellence

We strive to be the best at everything we do, with exceptional care and attention to detail.

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Agility

We are nimble and adaptable to meet the changing needs of our customers and actively pursue new opportunities.

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Partnership

We listen to our customers to understand their problems and business goals in order to design holistic solutions.

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Continuity

As faces come and go, as one generation hands over to the next, our relationships, experience and values remain. 

Our Team


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Management Team

David Hobbs

Managing Director

Graham Bromley

Deputy Managing Director

Brian Jelf

Sales Director

Chris Hobbs

Business Development Director

Michael Bromley

Project Manager

Ailsa Wooster

HR Manager

Russell Hack

Operations Manager

Customer Service Team

Ridge Parsons

Sales Manager

Kevin Clark

Head of Commercial Operations

Colin Richardson

Customer Services Manager

Martin Trigell

Account Manager

Paul Williamson

Account Manager

Matt Digby

Estimator

Will Forster

Commercial Manager