70 Years of Successful Trading.

288 HouseWith a trading history dating back to 1945, 288 Group is now one of the leading employers in Poole and Dorset, employing around 130 staff in our modern offices close to Tower Park.

The family-owned business operates two trading divisions – The Westminster Collection and Sitters.

The Westminster Collection



The Westminster Collection, formed out of the business’s original Harry Allen wholesale stamp business during the 1980s is the UK’s number 1 independent marketer of commemorative coins and stamps to collectors.  With sales of £30m per annum, The Westminster Collection is Official Distributors for the Royal Mint, Royal Canadian Mint, Royal Australian Mint and Perth Mint as well for Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man coins.  It also operates Change Checker – the home of change collecting in the UK.




Sitters is the UK’s largest babysitting agency operating across the whole of the UK, helping parents arrange over 150,000 babysitting bookings each year.