2018 marks a milestone for ads – our 30 year anniversary! There aren’t many businesses who can withstand the turbulent economic climate of the last three decades, but for ads creative solutions, that’s exactly what we’ve done.
ads Creative Solutions, or ‘ads’ as it’s known today, started in 1986 with its original founder, Jenny Chaundy, who set up the business from home as a sole trader. Jenny then registered ads as a limited company in February 1988. Jenny formulated the brand name to encompass all the agency’s services. At the time, the phone book was the main source of advertising and ads would have appeared early in the listings! That inspired marketing approach helped Jenny grow the company before an internal management buyout in 2009 and again in 2015 which saw Kelly Scott and Sally Jeanes, the current directors, take over the business.
Since then, ads has continued to grow and now employs 12 members of staff. More impressively, Marion Shellard, the very first employee, is still with the company, proving that we not only have great relationships with clients, but also our staff.
Our beautiful offices are nestled in the Oxfordshire countryside and is a far cry from the drawing boards, typesetting and manual artwork you’d see in the late eighties and early nineties. Now you’ll find drones, Apple Macs and video production and that’s down to Kelly and Sally who have focused on, and invested in, innovating and moving ads to the forefront of digital marketing solutions. However, we still very much focus on traditional marketing tactics including graphic design, print and media buying.
Over the past three decades ads has built an invaluable black book of contacts which has led to us working with national brands including The Royal Albert Hall and British Heart Foundation, as well as prominent local companies, charities and independent schools. Kelly adds: “Whilst the emergence of digital solutions has been very exciting in terms of our offer, we still see value in the traditional techniques that have served us so well over the years. We are really proud that several clients have been with us for over 25 years!”
We are looking forward to the next 30 years and seeing what else is to come.