Founded in 1986, Ashley Ann is now in its 35th year of trading and is a family-owned-and-run company started by Stephen and Ellen Bremner, and named after their daughter, Ashley. Stephen and Ellen’s sons, Gavin and Scott, are now joint managing directors, ensuring that Ashley Ann will continue to be run in the same caring way it always has been.
Our business has grown substantially over the last 35 years, and we now have around 200 colleagues (a word we use rather than employees) including those at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Wick, Caithness, in the far north of Scotland.
From our humble beginnings in a small unit in Thurso all those years ago, we now manufacture around 80-90 kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms per week. These are then supplied through eight of our own retail showrooms in Scotland, around 100 independent retailers spread right across the UK, plus to major house builders in Scotland and the north of England.
The scale of growth and advances in manufacturing technology have resulted in many changes to our company over the 35 years, but the family-led values which were at our heart from the earliest days still hold true today.
At Ashley Ann, we care; we all care – all 200 of us. Our culture of care enables us to deliver on our promise for or retail customers, and that is to guide you through a skilfully managed journey, from initial design through to a lasting experience that enhances your life after the project is complete.
Without great people there would be no Ashley Ann success story; we know this. So we invest in our people, trust them, treat them as colleagues, train them and encourage them to grow within our business.
Even at a glance, you’ll see that our kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms are big on design. And this applies throughout our entire range, from highly contemporary through to the more traditional. What’s more and importantly, our design philosophy isn’t just about great looking kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms, but also about how they physically work. Indeed, the detailed functionality and ergonomics of our products form a key part of the design process.
But of course, it isn’t just about the design of the products but how your chosen kitchen, bedroom or bathroom is designed to fit into YOUR home. And this is another area where Ashley Ann really stands out because our showroom staff typically have a background in interior design, and therefore will work with you to fully understand your requirements and know exactly how to translate these into aesthetic and functional design solutions.
From our own facility in the north of Scotland, we’ve been manufacturing superb kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms for 35 years. We’re more than just really good at this, and in fact so much so that we can confidently say that you won’t find products of our quality and style for the same money anywhere in the market.
Your kitchen, bedroom or bathroom furniture will be made individually for you, and will not be the end result of a production line. Instead, it will be individually machined, sprayed and then hand-assembled to ensure the outstanding quality Ashley Ann has become renowned for.
The second stage of creation is of course what happens in your home, and here the same level of care and attention to detail applies as it does in design and manufacture. We only use tradesmen that share our values, and their objective will be to carry out a first-class job and as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimise disruption in your home. And throughout the process the designer you first spoke to in the showroom is on-hand to project-manage and support the process.
We do everything possible to ensure that your personal experience of trusting us with your new kitchen, bedroom or bathroom is as enjoyable as possible, accepting of course that there will, when the installation happens, be a degree of disruption in your home – albeit we go to great lengths to minimise this. But we fully recognise, as you will, that the experience that really matters is the one we leave you with when the installation is complete. So not an experience that will last just for a few days, weeks or months, but for many years to come as you enjoy your kitchen – or bedroom or bathroom – and in a way that enhances your home life.
This, ultimately, is the real Ashley Ann difference, because it’s what we leave you with that really counts.
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