European Partners

With our strategic Pan-European partners Van Beem & Van Haagen, we have provided high profile signage solutions on behalf of leading businesses, across Europe.


Having developed this relationship over many years we have a solid foundation which enables us to deliver impressive signage campaigns across the continent – no matter how complex they are.


The process begins at our manufacturing centre of excellence in Gateshead where designers work with your branding to turn creative visual concepts into an engineered and manufactured reality.


Once complete, products are distributed across the UK through our network of installers and then into Europe via Van Beem & Van Haagen.


Based in Holland, Van Beem & Van Haagen bring a wealth of European project management experience to the partnership organising signage for the rail and aviation networks.

Our History

1924 - Astley Signs begins trading in Lancashire, UK as H. Astley & Co.


1988 - Two of the current directors establish a 1500sq ft metal shop in north east England and trade as Astley Signs North East


1990 - Following a management buy out the company is now The Redforrest Group and moves to new premises in Gateshead


1992 - Professional Sign Systems is launched as a trade division


2003 - Sainsbury's joins the company's blue chip client list


2004 - The company opens an installation hub in Glasgow


2006 - The Group opens a depot in Leeds


2007 - The Redforrest Group opens an office in Milton Keynes and the company's print division, Jigsaw, begins providing point of sale and retail graphics to a range of clients


2010 - The company opens a purpose built head office in Gateshead and Saltwell Signs becomes part of The Redforrest Group


2012 - The company re-brands as Astley offering Astley Signs, Astley Imaging and Astley Maintenance with offices in Gateshead, Leeds, Glasgow and Milton Keynes


2014 - Astley is named Manufacturer of the Year at the Tyneside and Northumberland Business Awards


2015 - Astley has now been owned by the current Directors for 25 years


2016 - Astley and Sign of the Times are now partners offering a wide range of traditional and architectural signage