A total of 143 patients with relapsed (n = 90), primary refractory (n = 32) and first line chemotherapy responsive (n = 21) non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin disease (HD) were treated with IVE (ifosphamide, etoposide and epirubicin) chemotherapy with the intent to proceed to high-dose therapy with either autologous or allogeneic transplantation, following peripheral blood stem cell mobilisation. A major response (complete/partial response) to IVE was seen in 115 patients (80·4%) with 5-year overall survival (OS) and event free survival (EFS) of 53% and 43%, respectively. Subgroup analysis showed overall response rates of 93·1% for HD with a 5-year OS and EFS of 62% and 52% respectively, while NHL showed response rates of 78·0% with 5-year OS and EFS of 50% and 39% respectively. The median number of CD34 +ve cells mobilised following IVE was 7·86 × 106 (range 1·72–42·91 × 106), with 60% mobilising >2 × 106/kg in a single collection. Grade IV neutropenia was seen in 79·6% patients and 77/270 cycles required intravenous antibiotic treatment. We conclude that IVE has a high response rate across a range of refractory and relapsed lymphoma with acceptable toxicity and excellent PBSC mobilising characteristics.