Our Story

Our story started over 100 years ago when eighteen-year-old JC Hall started our company, with nothing but two boxes of picture postcards and an entrepreneurial spirit.

His passion lives on today in everything we do. Just like the young JC Hall, we never forget we’re here to make a difference, enhance a moment and put our stamp on the world.

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2016

2016

Tigerprint celebrates 20 years of being the sole designer & card publisher for M&S.

Hallmark UK & US team up to create a uniquely beautiful card for the Queen to open on her 90th Birthday.

Hallmark UK & Ireland is awarded Superbrand status

2014

2014

The Hall & Co brand is launched

2013

2013

Awarded Business in the Community Platinum Big Tick status.

2011

2011

Winner of Toy Talk Awards 2011 Best Cuddly Toy – Interactive Story Buddy
The Hallmark Brand is relaunched in the UK with a new vision, look and feel

2008

2008

November 2008 Hallmark.co.uk is launched

2005

2005

November 2005 Hallmark UK launches first national TV advert

2001

2001

Hallmark Cards PLC was formed bringing all companies under one umbrella
In November of this year Bingley Road became Hallmark Cards PLC’s HQ

1998

1998

Hallmark Cards UK was formed – merging all the previous acquisitions into one business. Creative Publishing was acquired which included Tigerprint which still trades under this name today as sole supplier to Marks and Spencer.

1994

1994

Acquired The Andrew Brownsword Collection and brought Forever Friends and Country Companions into the company portfolio

1985

1985

Hallmark House, the new UK HQ was opened in Henley-on-Thames

1984

1984

WN Sharpe’s in Bradford was purchased.

1972

1972

Fine Arts was established in Ireland to print all of Hallmark’s requirements in Europe.

12 Hall of Card shops were sold.

1966

1966

Hallmark International is set up in the UK to coordinate all Hallmark activities outside of the USA.

1962

1962

Hallmark UK bought 6 Hall of Cards stores

April 1959

April 1959

Hallmark UK’s first Spring Seasons range was launched

April 30th 1958

April 30th 1958

Hallmark UK opens for business from offices in London

1928

1928

Hall Brothers became Hallmark Cards

1920

1920

Greeting cards were viewed as ‘new-fangled inventions’ until well into the 1920s when they came into their own as a tangible way of people conveying emotions to one another

Jan 10th 1910

Jan 10th 1910

Joyce Clyde Hall (JC Hall as he preferred to be known) jumped on a train from Nebraska to Kansas City with big dreams and two shoe boxes of postcards under his arm!

Later, joined by his brother’s Rollie and William, ‘Hall Brothers’ was formed.