ABOUT the gibsons gang

OVER 100 YEARS IN THE MAKING...

2019 marked 100 years since our founder, Harry Percy Gibson formed H. P. Gibson & Sons Limited.  Now into our fourth generation with Harry’s great-granddaughter at the helm, we are proud of our British heritage and are still providing fun family pastimes for all ages 102 years on.
Our team and product offering have grown a lot over the last ten decades, however our values remain the same. ‘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.

THE JOURNEY

Celebrating 100 years of 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 our own 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.

The Gibsons Way

What really matters to us?

Why choose gibsons?

  • Our puzzles are made from the thickest board on the market.

  • We produce games and puzzles that entertain all generations.

  • We use 100% recycled board for our entire jigsaw range and work with the best artists from all around the world.

  • Our games are made from reforested hardwoods.

  • In the UK, we have sold over a million units of our game, Pass the Bomb.

  • Our puzzles sell 1.2x faster than other puzzle brands (*Based on value velocity in the UK, June 2019-June 2020 sales. Official figures from the NPD Group UK)

THE GIBSONS GANG

Hello! We are the Gibsons gang. Hover over our photos to find out more about our team.

  • Michael Chairman
    I have lived & breathed the company for over 50 years. The best bit is that feeling you get working with a team, who don't have your family involvement, but have that same enthusiasm & commitment.

  • Kate Managing Director
    Queen of the juggle, mum to the office dog and the one with a permanent supply of hand gel.

  • Geoff Operations Director
    Pork Pie loving Chinese guy with a strange Mancunian accent.

  • Nicki Sales Director
    I love rhubarb gin, a good book & sitting in the sun – sometimes I manage all 3 at once. I also enjoy a good run round the netball court & occasionally I even contribute to the game!

  • Amanda Commercial Director
    My happy place is with a hot cup of tea and a bar of Dairy Milk watching a highbrow documentary… oh ok Love Island.

  • Steve Head of Operations
    My role is about having the right pieces in the right place at the right time. Elementary!!

  • Alice International Sales Manager
    I like a glass of good red wine, stilton, rock’n roll dance, having good laughs and I am glad to bring un je ne sais quoi de French to the Gibsons team.

  • Sam Marketing & PR Manager
    Often seen wearing lairy footwear, drinking hot water and eating knock-off Mini Cheddars.

  • Emily Head of Product Development
    Half-pint sized, hockey playing, competitive nightmare, with a penchant for Harry Potter. If nothing else, you can rely on me for enthusiasm…by the bucket load!

  • Becky Marketing Assistant
    The official Gibsons hand model.

  • Kim National Account Manager
    My skills include: catching, reverse parking, laughing until I cry in the office and excellence at the 221B Baker Street game.

  • Rishi International Sales Co-ordinator
    If work isn’t fun, you’re not playing on the right team.’

  • Carrie Sales Administrator
    Juggling mum who loves music and dancing. Has travelled and fav country is Bali. Fav biscuit: Jammy Dodger!! Believes that positivity is the key, glow through what you go through.

  • Anne Executive Assistant
    Office mum and the one who looks after all the plants

  • Kat Sales Coordinator
    A British Ukrainian with Kiwi links. Loves reading, yoga and "Dinner Date". Believes coffee, cake and patience are the solution to everything.

  • Wendy Sales Administrator
    I am very good at accents – work hard play hard – life should be fun.

  • Savannah Customer Service Supervisor
    Kiwi in London, who likes Pimm's in the sun and devouring crisps by the barrel

  • Ellie Accounts Assistant
    A coffee fuelled pretend-adult who has her mind stuck in the clouds.

  • Leah Customer Services
    Usually found walking the dog and occasionally indulging in a Malibu and Diet Coke!

  • Helen Freelance Designer
    Pony-mad motorcyclist, hillwalker & mother of kittens! Usually found doing something muddy in Scotland or eating peanut butter straight from the jar!

  • Zoe Junior Account Manager
    Irish in London who loves a glass of white wine and an unheathy obession with Real Housewives of New York!

  • Rachel Sales Supervisor
    Mum of a lively toddler, true crime obsessive, who loves white wine spritzers. (Not the toddler, she’s a bit young for true crime)

  • Neil Assistant Accountant
    Unintended dog dad. Student accountant. Old school gamer. Would marry Excel.

  • Demi Customer Services
    Tiny cat-lady who has an obsession with Call Of Duty and an abundance of cactuses

  • Jazmin HR & Culture Manager
    Big hugger, loves a cuppa and a chat, constantly juggling two toddlers and a zinfandel - not at the same time!

  • Fiona Area Sales Manager (South)
    I love 80’s music, sunshine, outdoor fitness, reality tv and cats! Whatever you do – for work or play – do it with passion!

  • Abbey Office Intern
    A small person with a big appetite for learning… and cake. I love hula hooping, baking, and have recently started scrapbooking!

  • Nora Office puppy
    Puzzle destroyer extraordinaire!

A WORD FROM KATE, OUR MANAGING DIRECTOR

 It is an honour and a privilege to continue what my great grandfather started back in 1919. Every day is different and there are times when running the family business brings challenges to overcome, but primarily there is pride and excitement at being part of something very special.

Working at Gibsons means being open to adapting and learning new things wherever we can, ensuring that we move forward and get better at what we do. Games, puzzles, people and play just about sums up what we do here, but the most important of these is people.

The Gibsons Gang are at the heart of our company, their passion driving us forward. I can’t wait to see what the next 100 years bring…

AWARDS

We’re going to need a new trophy shelf at this rate!

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