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About Us

ARTSBANK

Part of The Hambleton Group Limited, ArtsBank was opened in April 2010.   The business has two sides, a retail gallery based at Group’s complex in Thornaby plus a vibrant on-line presence offering the best of modern British and Contemporary art.

Initially showcasing art from around the region, ArtsBank has grown and now encompasses artwork by national and international names such as Terry Frost, Sandra Blow, Barbara Hepworth and many others.

Housed in modern, open plan surroundings, ArtsBank offers a relaxed and welcoming environment in which to view and purchase beautiful works of art.

We are happy to arrange home visits or private viewings on selective pieces of art subject to availability.

ArtsBank also offers a "Layaway" Service.   Reserve your chosen piece of artwork with a deposit and pay the balance in agreed regular monthly instalments (with no interest charged).  Once the artwork is for paid in full, you can collect or arrange delivery.

ArtsBank is a member of The Fine Art Trade Guild and Welcome to Yorkshire.

WHO WE ARE

The Hambleton Group Limited is the parent company for a unique collection of enterprises each occupying a distinct niche of the market place.  For over 30 years, each venture has been driven onward with a constant enthusiasm to become the best in its field.

HOW IT BEGAN

1976, the year of the first commercial Concorde flight and the worst drought in British history. It was also the year that saw husband and wife team, Bryan and Jeannie Goodall formulate a business plan to allow customers to pay a weekly amount towards a hamper of food, drinks & sweets delivered to their home in time for Christmas.
 After leaving school at 16, Bryan joined his father’s finance business, learning all aspects of how to run a successful small business. This proved vital during the set up of Cleveland Hampers. 

Initially operating from the couple’s house, locating suitable premises was the key to cope with a rapidly increasing order book.

A warehouse and office complex in Thornaby-on-Tees with over 250,000 sq ft of space, on a site of 20 acres, presented itself. Within, there would be more than ample space to pack and store the hampers before distribution to their customers - and have capacity for future growth. It was an opportunity not to be missed.

A decade later and the company had grown and expanded nationally, with 7 offices serving 15,000 agents and 120,000 customers with its Heritage Hampers brand.

Loyal to the area and its people, the company sponsored Middlesbrough Football Club in the 1988 – 1990 seasons, an adventure which led to Heritage Hampers being included in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest painted advertising sign.

In 1989, the renamed Heritage Food Group was honoured with a visit from Princess Diana, one of their proudest moments to date.

The 90's brought major developments for the Group. The sale of the hamper business offered the opportunity to expand into new ventures, most significantly with the purchase of Vectis Auctions.
 the world leaders within the toy and collectables auction industry

Over the subsequent 20 years, the Group has continued to grow, mature and diversify and as well as Vectis Auctions now also includes Teesside Caravans, You Can Caravan, Teesside Warehousing, ArtsBank and its newest member Life of Vinyl.  But the main foundations have always remained the same - to be true to the local area and its people and have some fun along the way!

For further details about The Hambleton Group or any of our companies, please visit http://www.hambletongroup.com