As the only 22-year-old Helmuth Voss founded Lehmann&Voss&Co. on August 8, 1894 in Hamburg, he put his entire savings of 750 marks in the company. Another 750 marks came from his father. At that time, 1,500 marks corresponded to the annual salary of a worker in the printing industry. His partner Alfred Lehmann had no financial resources. The young enterprise closed the first short fiscal year with a small profit of 428 Marks and a profit of 1,652 Marks was then already realized in 1895. Although the business went up, the two founders separated in late May 1896. According to Helmuth Voss, the reason was that the "company could not feed two owners". In fact, the early years of Lehmann&Voss&Co. were not easy, which is not uncommon in start ups, in 1897 the firm even made a loss. Only at the end of the 19th century, the breakthrough came. The name of the company did not change despite the departure of Alfred Lehmann.