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Published: February 6, 2022 | Updated: February 6, 2022

Happy birthday Asbury! Milestone anniversary for heating maintenance company as it hits 60

Dan and Catherine Stratten, Co-owners and Directors, with members of the Asbury Heating Maintenance team.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

One of Dorset’s longest established heating maintenance companies is celebrating 60 years of trading.

Covering Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Sussex, and Surrey, Poole-based Asbury Heating Maintenance provides businesses with a range of services including boiler servicing and repair, installations, air conditioning, and gas safety certificates.

Les and Barbara Asbury founded Asbury Heating Maintenance (then known as L.L. Asbury) in 1962, after Les completed a heating and ventilation apprenticeship.

The company offered installation, service, and repair of oil and gas fired boiler plant.

The guiding principles – quality service, delivered by highly qualified staff – that Les brought to the business, were carried on by his daughter, Jane Benton, who formerly served as Managing Director.

In November 2019, former employee Dan Stratten and his wife Catherine, pictured, bought and took over management of the business.

At that time, there were four engineers, two office staff, and one Service Manager.

Dan said: “It’s incredible to be celebrating such a big milestone.

“We believe that our longevity is down to our outstanding workmanship and commitment to serving the local community.

“The fact that some of our customers have been clients of the company since it began 60 years ago is a testament to the success of our principles.”

Asbury is Gas Safe registered and a member of OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association).

Its engineers attend regular training and re-assessments, as well as product and safety training courses.

In its early days, the business was run from the Asbury family home, before moving to new premises in the Penn Hill area in 1969.

In 2005, the business outgrew these premises, and Asbury relocated to a larger, more modern space at the Wessex Trade Centre in Poole.

It now operates from Glenmore Business Park in Parkstone.

Today, the company focuses its activities on the specialist sector of commercial heating plant, and maintains a wide variety of gas and oil fired appliances and ancillary equipment.

It offers reactive maintenance and repair to a wide range of clients, including educational establishments, hotels, offices, shops, and private estates.

Since 2019, the company has grown to include one apprentice engineer, five qualified engineers, a Head of Operations and Catherine and Dan.

During this period, turnover has doubled.

In the 2021/22 financial year, Asbury will turnover £1.2 million.