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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hobbs outgrew its premises in Shirley Road and moved into a new factory in Millbrook, Southampton.
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.
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.
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.
With an expanding client base, Hobbs outgrew its factory in Millbrook and moved to its own purpose built factory at Calmore, Totton.
International Printers Network
Hobbs joins the IPN, enabling the company to offer Global Distribution & Print services to our clients.
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).
Hobbs invested in its first continuous Inkjet line with a print engine from Domino and handling & finishing equipment supplied by Hunkeler.
We treat our staff, customers and suppliers in an ethical manner with honesty and fairness.
Passion for success
We are driven, enthusiastic, and energetic in our desire to fulfil the needs of our customers.
We strive to be the best at everything we do, with exceptional care and attention to detail.
We are nimble and adaptable to meet the changing needs of our customers and actively pursue new opportunities.
We listen to our customers to understand their problems and business goals in order to design holistic solutions.
As faces come and go, as one generation hands over to the next, our relationships, experience and values remain.
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