Producing the highest quality smoking products in the world while
continuing the tradition and legacy of a 6 generation family firm
The Gawith family have been producing high quality world renowned tobacco products since 1792, with the origins of the company being traced back to a Kendal gentleman called Thomas Harrison. The company is still very much family run and an important employer in the local area. Over the years Gawith Hoggarth & Co have dominated the specialist hand rolling and pipe tobacco market in the UK and the export market of both Samuel Gawith and Gawith Hoggarth brands has also grown exponentially.
Following the death of John Gawith in 2014, his son Christopher Gawith opted to become more involved in the day to day running of the factory and a few years later John's daughter, Rachel, also became more involved. John's wife, Irene, remains the major shareholder.
Kendal has been synonymous with the tobacco trade for centuries and both Chris and Rachel have returned from living abroad to settle back into life in the Lakes and run the company and Irene has lived in and around Kendal all her life.
Meet The Team
Chris started to become more involved in the company in 2015 and in 2018 took over the general day to day running of the factory and is managing director.
Chris has a background in engineering having studied at Lancaster University and has run his own engineering company as well as being a qualified ski instructor.
Social Media Manager & Brand Awareness
Rachel originally worked for Gawith Hoggarth & Co as a sales rep back in 1999/2000 after graduating from university with 1st class honours in medical biochemistry and before embarking on a law degree. She practised in a Kendal law firm from 2002 to 2006 before moving to Bulgaria to pursue property development. She has also lived in France running an airport transfer and property management business and also in Austria. For ten years she has been running a small dog rescue charity, rehabilitating and re-homing street dogs. In 2020 she returned to the UK and started working properly for Gawith Hoggarth & Co, focusing on building brand recognition and the social media accounts. She lives with her 7 rescue dogs on a small farm just outside of Kendal.
Irene married John Gawith in 1974 and worked in the office for a short period in the 1980's, becoming a director in 1981. She has always had a keen interest in horses, breeding and showing Welsh Cobs and Ponies and more recently Dales and Fell ponies.
She has lived in the Kendal area all her life and continues to do so with her little dog, Belle.