2024: The Year So Far



It’s been a busy start to the year at Astley, and as we head further into 2024, we want to reflect on what has been achieved by #teamastley.

From completing some fantastic projects, attending the Sign & Wrap Awards (and coming away with a few new awards!) and publishing our Net Zero roadmap, #teamastley has proven their commitment to excellence within the signage industry.

Busy, busy, busy!

Astley has been busy completing various amazing works across both production facilities in Gateshead and Kettering.

Our presence within the grocery retail sector is as strong as ever, having successfully delivered a new store format for Sainsbury’s in Southport in February!

Covering 44,710 sq. ft, the supermarket required an abundance of branded assets, from the store interior through to the car park. We worked closely with their in-house teams and appointed designers / architects to value manufacture their brand graphics including internally illuminated lettering, totem signs, window graphics, internal graphics, aisle directories and EV signage, with fantastic results.

On the PFS side of the business, our work with Texaco, Valero has had an astonishing start to the year with an average of 4 sites being manufactured and installed each week! Not to mention the development of the JET Charge EV concept work. We are so thrilled to see these ambitious programmes flying through the facilities and they show no signs of slowing down any time soon.

From multi-location rollouts to highly bespoke installations and PFS brand implementation, we are leaving no stone unturned!



Time for Celebrations

February was a highlight for Astley as we attended the 2024 Sign & Wrap Awards, coming away with four awards! We were so proud to achieve Gold in Architectural for Ad Gefrin, Gold in Rollout for Leonardo Hotels of the Year, Best in Show across 7 signage categories, and Highly Commended for Sign Company of the Year.

Gold in Architectural - It was a pleasure to be recognised for our work on the Ad Gefrin Distillery as this project truly highlighted Astley’s expertise as a creative production partner, having combined contemporary skills with traditional signmaking techniques to produce such complex and beautiful pieces. This is a testament to our incredible workforce and the level of craftsmanship that goes into our projects.

Gold in Roll-out - Our journey alongside Leonardo Hotels was also a huge testament to our ability to successfully deliver extensive programmes, having rebranded a total of 30 hotels across the UK. This project required high levels of planning and attention to detail, as well as a tolerance for heights!



ISO Recertification

We were delighted to have again passed our ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 recertifications in April, as well as our BS EN 1090 for our structural steel working standards. We are dedicated to providing our clients with the continued assurance of our commitment to the ISO certifications, delivering quality and environmental management standards.

It’s vital to recognise the importance of these accreditations as they not only signify a testament to an organisation’s quality and environmental processes, but they also provide a competitive edge in the marketplace by instilling confidence in clients and brand partners.

A huge well done to our HSQE Manager, Justin Farley , and the whole of #teamastley for their hard work and commitment to consistent, high-quality standards.

What a Milestone!

In March, we were thrilled to have been one of the first signmakers to have published their Net Zero Roadmap.

Since embarking on our net zero journey in 2022, we have been committed to taking considerable steps towards reducing our carbon footprint. Having now completed our base line assessments for Scope 1 and 2 (Scope 3 for grey fleet), we were proud to launch a net zero roadmap and decarbonisation strategy which outlines our commitment to reviewing how we will work towards achieving our target by 2040.

It’s a long journey, but we are so proud to see the road ahead to more sustainable business practices, and ultimately, a more sustainable future.

ESG Activities

In April, we had a brilliant day at the Better Health at Work Event in Chopwell Wood, Gateshead, where we shared our efforts in improving employee wellbeing and celebrated the achievements of other Gateshead-based companies.

From networking to wellness walks and archery (the fan favourite!), this day was so valuable for the sharing of ideas and health initiatives, especially as we work towards our Silver Award!

(Watch the video here.)



We've also enjoyed celebrating national awareness days such as Employee Appreciation Day (with treats for the staff) and International Womens Day. It's so important that we celebrate the expertise and dedication #teamastley continue to demonstrate in this industry.

And so...

Astley has started 2024 as we mean to go on – full steam ahead! Having reflected on the year and the achievements so far, it goes without saying that the efforts of #teamastley are unmatched. Astley is not just a brand, it is a community of fantastic talent who continue to push the definition of signage, signmaking and what it can really be.

Here’s to the rest of 2024 (and beyond!)

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