David Halsall Ltd is established as a supplier of UK manufactured toys and fireworks.
Graham Halsall joins the company and the import of Far East manufactured items commences. A period of rapid growth begins.
John Hutt, current Chief Executive Officer, joins the company in the Sample department but quickly makes the leap to become a Sales Representative, then a Buyer and lands the role of Commercial Director just a few years later.
The company moves to new purpose built premises located at Cornford Road in Blackpool. The office, warehouse and showroom facility encompassed 11,000m² to accommodate the companies successful growth.
As Halsall continued to grow expanding it's product range and warehousing operation, the company relocated again to an expansive 30,000m² new site in Fleetwood.
The business kick-starts a move into manufacturing by securing investment to open a permanent sales office and showroom in Hong Kong, followed by a new sales-base in Germany.
Increased focus on licensed product leads to deals with big-name brands including Barbie, Spiderman, JCB and Silver Cross.
John Hutt together with Graham Halsall & Andrew Coplestone lead MBO of the company and set about refocusing the business strategy to cement its shift from importer to manufacturer, re-shaping itself as the leading specialist in specific categories. This included the closure of the Stationery, Halloween and Christmas Decoration divisions and an increased focus on product development and our own tooling technologies.
The business is rebranded as HTI.
Initially acting as an importer – sourcing products from China and selling them to wholesalers across the UK, our phenomenal expansion was kick-started by a move into manufacturing during the 1990s.
This led to a period of impressive organic growth and we are now the UK’s largest independent designer and manufacturer of children’s toys supplying more than 60 countries globally.