Named after the his daughter – Angela Carole Emberton – ACE Office Supplies was formed in 1963 by Mr Sam Emberton to serve the local community with their office stationery requirements.
In those days the concept of calling on customers, assisting them to put together an order and delivering it to their office was a new one. Today the commercial stationery trade is extremely competitive, but Mr Emberton’s original focus on personal and helpful service is as valid as it ever was. Every member of staff has an important part to play in maintaining our friendly relationship with our customers.
The original premises were a small room above a bookies office near the Triangle, central Bournemouth. Since then the company has moved several times.
Firstly into a lock-up shop in Pokesdown, then into its first warehouse in Palmerston Road, Boscombe (now James & James Shoe shop), this enabled the company to substantially increase its stockholding.
The next move was to take over a Whitbread Depot in Windham Road which served as the company’s base for around 20 years; this move was big enough to assist efficient handling of the substantial stock holding – a fundamental part of the company’s trading style.
The 1990’s saw tremendous change. The rapid growth of PC’s & desktop printers along with the birth of the internet changed the business landscape forever. A growing furniture business complemented the traditional stationery business & the product offering diversified even further.
In 2010 The Office had evolved. Mobile technology enables us to be in our office wherever we are 24/7. On the train, in a coffee shop, at home, on site with a client, wherever you are, whatever you are doing, now – that is where your office is.
The move to the current premises was made over the Easter weekend in 2001, A new £1.7 million Distribution Centre was built only 200 yards along Yeoman’s Way.
Since the move many systems have been reviewed and refined. This is a continuing process and all members of staff and customers are invited and encouraged to present ideas for improvement
As a continuation of our evolution we have been awarded ISO 14001and ISO 9001 – You can see our certificates on our Policies page