2019 marks 100 years since our founder, Harry Percy Gibson formed ‘H. P. Gibson & Sons Limited’ back in 1919. Now into our fourth generation with Harry’s great-grandaughter at the helm, we are proud to have such a rich, British heritage and are still providing fun family pastimes for all ages. Here is a glance back at the last ten decades at Gibsons.
‘H.P. Gibson & Sons Limited’ was formed in 1919 and we originally sold popular indoor games, such as ‘L’Attaque’ and ‘Dover Patrol’.
Sadly our offices, manufacturing equipment and literature was destroyed during The Blitz in 1940. Therefore, manufacturing on ourown premises was no longer possible.
Sons of the founder, Harry Aisbitt and Robert Gibson re-established trading from Barrett Street in London’s West End.
Michael Gibson became Managing Director in 1973. In the late 70s we shortened our name to ‘Gibsons Games’ and introduced classic games, such as ‘221b Baker Street.’ We launched our first jigsaw range in 1986 and our blue boxed puzzles arrived several years later in 2002, which redefined the Gibsons brand.
By the 21st century we had over 250 titles in our jigsaw collection, as well as best-selling games and playing cards. We also made the decision to shorten our company name to ‘Gibsons’ to reflect the diversity of our product range.
In 2016, Harry Percy’s great granddaughters, Kate and Nicki, became Managing Director and Sales Director. Supporting them is a strong team, some of whom have been a part of Gibsons for many years, including Business Development Director, Geoff Lee.
As we look to the next century, we will continue to produce innovative games and puzzles for all generations.
‘Bringing people together’ underpins everything we do: from encouraging people to play games, and creating a happy working culture, to supporting a local children’s charity and valuing the relationships with our suppliers and customers.
Everyone at Gibsons is encouraged to focus on solutions, to be the best we can be and never settle for something just because it has always been that way. We have 100 years of experience but we will never stop learning.
Thank you for your support, here’s to the next 100 years!
We think our products are pretty special. Here’s some reasons why:
* ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ out-sold all other adult jigsaw puzzles and accessories by rate of sale Sept - Nov 2018. Official figures from the NPD Group UK.