H&T Pawnbrokers is 125 years old. 1897 – 2022
H&T is proud to be the industry leader in modern pawnbroking, a lending principle that dates back hundreds of years allowing people to borrow money based on the value of their assets.
The business has come a long way from humble beginnings in 1897 when Mr Harvey and Mr Thompson first registered H&T Pawnbrokers Ltd. and opened 12 stores in London over the following few years. The H&T we see today is a UK-wide, FCA regulated business with over 260 high street locations throughout England, Scotland and Wales, trusted by over 100,000 new customers each year and growing.*
It all began with pawnbroking and to this day it continues to be the core service offered in all stores, now accompanied by a host of others like travel money, gold purchase and cheque cashing. The retail operation has also expanded significantly across all stores (as well as online) offering excellent value new and pre-owned jewellery & Swiss watches. In fact, H&T is now the UK’s 6th largest jewellery retailer as of May 2021. (Source: Professional Jeweller)
H&T Pawnbrokers is a people-centric company with employees and customers at the core of the business. H&T currently employs over 1,400 colleagues across 260 stores and three support centres. Its high street presence in communities across the UK is an important part of maintaining the trust that H&T has built over its 125 years of service.
Chris Gillespie, H&T’s CEO said; “A 125-year anniversary is a massive achievement for any business and I am immensely proud to be a part of H&T for this milestone. We have seen many changes over the course of our existence, especially in the last two decades where the pawnbroking industry has really started to evolve to meet the needs of a modern, changing society. This growth and evolution would not have been possible without the continued hard work and dedication of all our teams across the UK as well as the work going on behind the scenes from our support services. Our goal will always be to put the customer first and ensure we exceed their expectations each and every time. Here’s to the next 125 years!”