We are the largest UK independent reprographics company with 26 branches and over 330 employees nationwide and have a group turnover of +£25m.
We are proud to be the only reprographics company to hold a Royal Warrant for services to the Royal Household. Since we started in 1969, we’ve served companies from the small independent, to the large corporation, across all industry sectors. Whether printing invitations for an individual’s special occasion, producing materials for national exhibitions, or creating pitch documents for multi-million pound bids, every Hobs customer can be sure they’ll benefit from our fast and efficient service and expertise.
Hobs’ mission is to ensure that we combine the latest leading edge technology with the best people, to deliver the best possible results- every time. For our customers we stand for quality, service and living up to our promises.
Our philosophy of continuous investment means we’ve gained the proud position of independent reprographics leader and pioneer of new technologies in the United Kingdom.
Quality & Guarantees
Our commitment to delivering a quality service has allowed us to proudly be accredited with the following:
- Royal Warrant Holder – For Services delivered to the Royal Household
- ISO9001 – Quality processes and working practices
- ISO14001 – Environmental working practices
- Investor in People Award – Our commitment to developing, supporting and involving everyone who works for Hobs.
Over 45 Years in Printing
In 1969 Hobs started as a printing company with just 5 staff, providing service copying for architects, construction companies, and engineers in the Liverpool area. The company’s fleet of blue minis driven by mini-skirted girls delivering documents all around Liverpool, became well known. The company then went on to provide printing services for public utility companies, including the GPO.
We established a Manchester base in 1973 and in the mid-1990s bought businesses in Glasgow, Birmingham, Abingdon, Bristol and one in Edinburgh in 2001. The latest acquisitions were businesses in Reading in 2012 and another in Manchester in 2013.
Technology Leaders: from 2D, to 3D, to Augmented Reality and Beyond
We’ve always invested in the best and most cutting edge technology available and are now taking printing to a whole new dimension. Services like 3D printing and Augmented Reality are changing the face of the printing industry and we are driving these developments in the UK.
Our 3D printing service can produce affordable, high quality 3D Models from CAD files. Producing models 5-10 times more quickly and at a fifth of the cost of other 3D print technologies, our 3D Printing service will enhance your presentations, design concepts and marketing materials.
We’ve printed a huge variety of 3D models including human body parts such as skulls, a model of James May’s head for a TV and models of buildings, engine parts and even shoe prototypes.
Augmented Reality has to be seen to be believed and is the next big technology that demonstrates projects in reality, to scale and far more realistically than 3D images of traditional design software. AR refers to the process of laying computer-generated rendered images, animations, text and even sound, onto real-world images in real time. Vision-based AR uses a device such as a tablet or smart phones as a lens through which you can experience an augmented world by projecting onto a table. It’s possible to take it even one step further and touch onto a room and be able to enter it, so clients can actually step inside their own model.