Ashcroft Mailing Solutions is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. The company was originally founded by Managing Director George Carrington in 1998 and has since grown to become one of the largest Royal Mail approved suppliers and maintainers of franking machines in the country.
Mr Carrington has been working within the franking machine industry since November 1971, originally working as a sales man for Pitney Bowes. He then went on to progress through the ranks becoming team leader and then on to area manager, winning many awards for him and his team.
After working for Pitney Bowes for many years, Mr Carrington saw the demand for companies wishing to use franking machines increase and in 1991 decided to branch out on his own and bought into the Frama franchise, working under the name of Digital Mailing Solutions Ltd. In 1998 the decision was made to rebrand the company and it officially became Ashcroft Mailing Solutions Ltd.
Ashcroft Mailing worked alongside Frama for 13 years, however due to technology advancing, in 2006 the decision was made to change supplier and they partnered with Pitney Bowes who were able to offer a more extensive range of equipment and a better pricing structure. Since then, Ashcroft’s customer base increased dramatically, which meant a bigger workforce was needed and a bigger office. So in 2008, Ashcroft moved in to their new premises at Kinwarton House in Alcester.
Despite the progression of emails and social media, the demand for franking machines has remained high and as technology has advanced so has franking, with the introduction of Mailmark in 2014 as well as the advancement of digital machines which are LAN enabled. This has made it possible for Ashcroft to build an extensive and ever growing list of clients, winning many major contracts when up against well-known manufacturers and other independent dealers.
As well as franking machines, Ashcroft also supplies folder inserters, letter openers and consumables. More recently they have extended the business by offering photocopiers and print solutions to their customers and have recently partnered with Bluefish Office Supplies to offer customers a one stop shop for all of their office supplies.
Reflecting on the past 20 years Mr Carrington says “I am privileged to have one of the best teams anybody could wish to work with, their loyalty and hard work has made the company what it is today and this coupled up with some of the best customers around makes for a very good combination. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Ashcroft as I believe there could be some very exciting times ahead!”