Hampton Colours started in 1966, at the Toadsmoor site in Brimscombe, as a partnership called Scott & Hampton. The premises were owned by a printing ink manufacturing company called Scott Entrop Ltd., which also provided the administrative facilities to the new partnership.
The know-how for the colouring of plastics came from Charles Hampton who had been in the industry for more than 30 years. During this time he had worked his way up from mixing pigments and dyes for Casein and Cellulose Acetate, to running the colour matching laboratory for Erinoid Ltd (later to become BP Chemicals Stroud). As Chief Colourist for this company, he also had responsibility for the Dry Colour Unit Pack Department which supplied UK & Overseas Plastics Processors with the convenient packs of blended colourant.
It was this Dry Colourant product on which he founded his business here in Brimscombe and which prospered, as a partnership for 8 years. In those days, Dry Colour powder blend was widely used for many kinds of quality mouldings eg. Makeup Compacts, Picnic Sets, Baby Baths, Vacuum Flasks, Coffee Jar Lids and Knife Handles.