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Happy 30th birthday to us!

This year we celebrate being in business for 30 years – where has the time gone? Looking back over all these years of printing got us thinking about something else that is in its 30th year, and which has changed the industry in which we work forever. Desktop publishing arrived in the mid-1980's, just as Ashley House was starting out, and it has revolutionised the way we work ever since. We have always been committed to innovation, but there's also something of the 'old-school' craft and dedication to the art of printing that we're determined to keep at the heart of what we do.

Back in the late 70's, when Rob was starting out in the industry, most page-setting was done with Letraset. While it seems like an incredibly long-winded process now, at the time Letraset was the cutting edge! A design could take hours to set out, painstakingly transferring the letters from the sheets onto the paper stock. With the very best of efforts you could still work on a project for hours, only to find the finished piece a little different to what you had intended at the start! There was something very unique and special, though, about the Letraset aesthetic and method. There was a great feeling of accomplishment on finishing a printing project. 


It was around 30 years ago, in the mid-1980s, that 'Desktop publishing' arrived and our industry changed forever.  Hardware and software were introduced by industry leaders such as Adobe and Apple, combining technologies to enable in-house typesetting for the first time, leading the way for quicker and easier pre-production. Design layouts that might have taken days to prepare with manual page-setting suddenly became possible within an hour or two. The limited typefaces available from Letraset became an almost limitless choice of digital fonts. 

While the technology has changed beyond recognition, at Ashley House we believe that the craft of printing is as important as ever. In an age where the life-expectancy of a piece of digital content is often counted in a few seconds, we know that great quality print can make an impression that lasts, and, more importantly, moves people to action.

As we celebrate our 30th year in business and think back over the massive changes that have moved design and print over that time, we are more focused than ever to keep doing what we love to do; craft stunning print using the latest technology and guided with a focus on keeping our clients happy. 

... Here's to the next 30 years!

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Client Testimonials

A trusted extension of our team

"I continue to be very impressed with Ashley House’s impeccable service and attention to detail. At Nu-Heat we are rather particular about our brand colours and demand consistently high colour matching standards across all of our print product. Ashley house are a trusted extension of our team here, I can not recommend them highly enough."

Nu-Heat

Passion for quality print

"The continued success of Ashley House is down to many things; passion for quality print, excellent customer service and advice, attention to detail, but over and above is their ability to work as a team to deliver for their clients. For these reasons they are a valued supplier."

University of Exeter

Exceeding our expectations

"We choose a printing company based on quality, attention to detail, service and great value. The team at Ashley House exceed our expectations every time."

Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa

A real passion for each job

"Ashley House have provided an excellent service .. Their attention to detail demonstrates a real passion for each job and has meant that they now feel like an extended part of our marketing team."

Bike Shed Theatre

A printer you can rely on

"Helpful Holidays have worked with Ashley House for many, many years. They produce excellent quality print combined with great service at a competitive price. They’re a printer you can rely on and we continue to do so. They’re also a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended."

Helpful Holidays

Innovative and reliable

"Having moved our printing and design requirements to Ashley House about three years’ ago my only regret is that we did not do it sooner. Innovative and reliable with a fantastic customer service ethic."

Heavitree Brewery

10 out of 10

"We have been working with Ashley House for a while now and no matter what we throw at them, the result is nothing short of remarkable."

Monkey's Paw Consultancy

Great service

"We receive great service from the team at Ashley House. They offer advice and guidance on any project; they're professional, friendly and always competitively priced. "

Blue Chip Holidays

Can't recommend highly enough

"We have worked with Ashley House for many years, we always return to this printing house as their attention to detail is second to none."

Hoopers Department Stores

Delivering high quality print

"Jeff and the team at Ashley House always go out of their way to meet our challenging deadlines, delivering high quality print coupled with great service. It makes a big difference feeling assured your printing will be with you for when it’s needed. Many thanks!"

The Met Office