Meet the team
Following in his father & grandfathers footsteps, Peter came into the family business in 1965. Although now semi-retired, Peter still maintains an active interest in the business.
Mark joined the family company in 1993. Initially specialising in the industrial side of the company, Mark became a director in 2005 and now oversees all areas of the company.
Married to Mark Hobkirk, Kathy joined Hobkirks in 2007 in administration and accounts. Kathy now controls most financial issues within the company.
Marcus is responsible for the retail division of the company, overseeing the domestic sewing machine department, fabric store and service workshop.His management experience stems from 20 years in the travel & banking industries
Expert sewer and dressmaker, Tatiana support our retail sewing department.
With a degree in Textile Design, Steph uses her creative flair in Hobkirk’s fabric department. She also assists customers with their purchases of sewing machines and associated products.
Joining in 2009, Wendy's role began with running the company's Bury branch, before moving to the Blackburn branch. Her career to date has always been in sewing and her area of expertise is wedding dresses.
Elaine has spent her entire working career in the domestic sewing machine industry running her own company Dalby & Jones (Sew Knit) in Preston. She now shares her expertise & knowledge with Hobkirks and their customers two days a week.
Stuart also joined the company straight from school in 1989 as a trainee technician and is now responsible for the repair & service of domestic sewing machines. He is also responsible for the servicing of sewing machines in schools and colleges.
Fionas area of expertise is garment embroidery and t-shirt
Anne Marie Read
Anne Marie is an expert in the field of embroidery, craft & sewing. She joined Hobkirks in 2006 and organises workshops & sewing classes. In 2010, Anne Marie beacame a freelance tutor and now has a dedicated classroom and work very closely with us.
Serving the sewing industry for most of his working career, Joe brings his expert technical knowledge to Hobkirk's industrial department.
Having spent much of his working career wih Bentwood and Yamato, Steve supports the industrial service department.
With a good general knowledge of most industrial machines, in particular electronics, Terry is a great addition to the technical team. He also specialises on Styrteknik machines.
Gaining his knowledge and experience during his many years with Smith's Sewing Machine's, Neil brings his support to our expanding industrial department.
Industrial Parts & IT
Gordon joined Hobkirks in 1987 straight from school. He has a broad knowledge of the industry and specialises in industrial parts as well as controlling the computer system and web site.
Bailey joined the company in 2013 as a trainee technican and has since learnt to service and repair domestic sewing machines. He continues to work in our domestic workshop under the supervision of Stuart Wearden.
Lewis joined the company in 2013 as a trainee technician and has since learnt to service and repair industrial sewing and embroidery machines, working closely with our team of industrial technicians. He continues to work in our industrial workshop.
Calum joined the team in September 2015 and is our latest trainee technician. Over the next two years he will work alongside our industrial technicians, gaining the knowledge that he needs to enable him to service and repair industrial machines.
Pepper the black Labrador is 4 years old and is the company mascot. You can find pepper upstairs in the office where she likes to sleep and play. She loves to meet and greet our visitors and loves having her belly tickled!