Gateshead-headquartered firm Astley expands presence beyond North East

Astley is expanding its presence nationally and creating at least 10 jobs as it looks to secure further growth in the south

Astley general manager Helen Armstrong Smith at the company's Gateshead headquarters
Astley general manager Helen Armstrong Smith at the company's Gateshead headquarters

Sign manufacturer Astley has triggered expansion plans as part of a strategy to see its own name in lights on a national level.

The Gateshead-headquartered firm – which counts blue chip brands including the Hilton Hotel Group, Frankie and Benny’s, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, the Co-operative Group and Esso – is creating at least 10 jobs as it looks to secure further growth in the south.

Astley currently employs 140 people across its four sites in Gateshead, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Glasgow.

But as part of a major review of its succession planning programme, which is seeing changes to the management structure across the business, Astley has announced is looking to fill 10 new roles at its Milton Keynes office in business development, estimating, project management and installation.

Depending on the calibre of people who express an interest, the company may also take on additional members of staff to support the growth of its Team Valley operations.

David Forrester, sales director and co-owner of Astley, said: “Milton Keynes plays a key part in our project management offer and is the ideal location for serving clients in the south east.

“We have already started our recruitment drive with the appointment of three people. However we are still looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals in business development, project management, estimating and installation.

“It’s a really exciting time for the business as we look to build our portfolio and increase turnover across all of our target markets.”

Astley was founded more than 90 years ago and will have been owned by the current directors for 25 years this year.

As well as working with national brands, the company also designed the signs for local leisure facilities including Metrocentre and Eldon Square when they became part of the Intu Group, Metro Radio Arena and Market Cross Jewellers.

The business relaunched in 1990 following the management buyout by Mr Forrester and fellow director David Redhead.

Since then, the company has seen annual turnover increase year-on-year and in 2012 underwent a re-brand, to become known as Astley, which incorporates Astley Signs, Astley Imaging and Astley Maintenance.

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