Hertfordshire Archives feature Stephen Austin print

Thanks to Herts Archives for selecting a piece of work from Stephen Austin in their collection to feature in the April ‘Archive30’ campaign on Twitter. #Archive30 was launched last year and has quickly become a main event in the social media calendar of archives and other record stores worldwide. #Archive30 involves posting an image relating to a daily theme for the whole month of April. Read more about the archive30 campaign.  

Red Nose Day

Well done to team Stephen Austin! Running a raffle and the guessing games, we raised an amazing £381.00. We are proud to support Red Nose Day once again. As well as aiding good causes across communities here in the UK, Red Nose Day benefits children across the world. These are the same children our clients are helping by providing formal education and examinations, so Red Noses are close to our hearts.  

East India College – our printing history

Take a look at Dan Snow’s programmes on BBC2 about the rise and fall of the East India Company, and its role in the development of the British empire.  Available on i-player - BBC 2 The East India College was established by the East India Company. As the ‘honourable company’ grew, it steadily became more bureaucratic and so the demand for clerks and copyists increased. In October 1805, the company purchased land at Haileybury, near Hertford and Haileybury College opened in 1809 to educate and train recruits before their overseas posting. Stephen Austin of Hertford already had a long relationship with the Company stating ‘Booksellers, Binders, and Stationers to the East India College’ on their stationery. Stephen Austin III began printing examination papers and text books for the College, including texts in oriental languages. This developed over the years and records show that he produced texts in Sanskrit, Bengali, Arabic, Persian, Pushto, Hindustani, Hindi, Hebrew and other Eastern languages, as well as in Greek, Latin, German and French. The In the second programme, Dan shows an examination paper dated 1851  from the College which was almost certainly printed by Stephen Austin. David Perman has written a history of Stephen Austin & Sons Ltd to celebrate our 250th Anniversary. David is lecturing on Stephen Austin III – ‘The Patriarch’ – at the Hertford and Ware Local History Society at 8 pm Thursday 14 March in St Mary’s Church Hall, Ware.     Read more about Haileybury  today at

AEA Conference, Brighton

Association of Electoral Administrators, Brighton Conference 3-6 February 2019

Great to meet so many Electoral Officers and their teams at this year’s conference. A thought provoking, informative and well attended event once again. We were delighted to sponsor the lanyards and badges as usual. If you would like more information about our electoral products and services, please email our dedicated electoral team at Read more about the Conference  

Wear it Pink, for Breast Cancer fund raising

Well done – what a fantastic effort! The cake bake for ‘Wear it Pink for Breast Cancer’ raised an amazing £295, which was matched by the Company to make a total of £590!!! Trolleys laden with tempting goodies were hard to resist, and the HR team did a great job in collecting donations from everyone. October is Breast Cancer awareness month. Read more about the appeal  

AEA Magazine feature

Arena, the monthly magazine for  members of the Association of Electoral Administrators is out today –interesting reading particularly the report on the Nottingham Seminar, and our cake to celebrate our 250th anniversary.

Well done team!

A big ‘well done’ to the Stephen Austin/GradeMaker cycling team for a fantastic effort this weekend in the London to Cambridge charity ride. Despite the high temperatures, country roads and Hertfordshire traffic, everyone completed the tough 60 mile course.  A fantastic effort by all.    

Support our team! London to Cambridge charity 60-mile cycle ride

On Sunday, 1st July the dynamic cycling team from Stephen Austin in Hertford, and sister company GradeMaker, will tackle the gruelling 60-mile route from London to Cambridge. The team aim to raise at least £500 to support children’s educational projects in developing countries, such as the TuTu Desk appeal. At Stephen Austin, we believe that children are our future and by supporting a range of educational projects we can make significant and positive contribution. To support our efforts by making a donation. See our Just Giving page  for details of how you can contribute. Why not come along on 1st July to encourage the team in person. Keep an eye on our website for more details of the team’s progress. Read more about the route.  See 'Ride with '  and  details of the route.  

ISO 27001 Certification achieved

Stephen Austin has recently achieved certification to the internationally recognised best practice framework for Information Security Management; ISO 27001:2013. The Company's decision to implement this standard forms part of our ongoing commitment to safeguarding our clients’ information and data in all aspects of our business operations. The ISMS (Information Security Management System) consists of a framework of policies, procedures and risk management tools, all of which are designed to prevent information and data from being corrupted, lost, stolen or accessed without permission. The ISMS has been approved as compliant with the requirements of ISO 27001: 2013 by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, one of the UK’s leading Certification Bodies. See our Home page for more information about our Certification and Accreditations.  

250th Anniversary

In 2018, we celebrate our 250th Anniversary. Back in 1768 our founder, the original Stephen Austin, established a printing business to provide materials for Hertfordshire’s county elections. Our company is now at the forefront of electoral printing and fulfilment for organisations throughout the UK and abroad. Over the years, the Stephen Austin business broadened and our first examination paper was printed in 1842. We now produce and distribute examination materials for Ministries of Education and assessment bodies world-wide. Today, the company employs nearly 200 people at our secure Hertford site where we use the latest technologies for printing our clients’ confidential materials. To read more about our history, please see ‘Our Heritage’ section.