Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ken Magee & Alister BrowneThe company was established in January 1993, by Ken Magee and Alister Browne. With a base at Ballycastle Road Industrial Estate, Coleraine, they aimed to use their experience in the electrical industry to take on the multinationals by offering an unrivalled level of quality service and dedication, showing customers “the personal touch”, coupled with extensive levels of stock and efficient delivery schedules.  

Operating out of a 5000 square foot warehouse in Coleraine, and with 3 personnel and one delivery van, the company commenced trading.  It was a big undertaking, but 19 years on, they have built on the initial foundations, adding two additional branches and becoming one of the province’s most successful independent electrical wholesalers. It was clear from the start that the customer-driven ethos struck a cord with the electrical trade. The two founder's vision was obviously welcomed by customers as, after just a year in business, the company expanded at a rapid rate, with more staff, product ranges and delivery routes being added.   

A second branch was opened in Ballymena in 1999, a move that not only highlighted the company's growing success, but also reflected their desire to better meet customer needs.As BM Electrical has grown, so has their reputation. After initially serving the Coleraine area, their service quickly expanded to take in large parts of County Antrim as well as neighbouring Tyrone and Londonderry. In addition, the company has also worked with clients in both the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain. 

In February 2008, the company expansion continued, with the opening of the third branch in Londonderry. The new branch will support existing customers in this area, and enable the company to expand with new business and customers.  

With a varied customer base, including electricians, electrical contractors, industrial and commercial engineers, Health, Education and Government, alarm and CCTV installers, factories, hotels, retailers and many others, the company will continue to grow from strength to strength.  

Thanks to a state-of-the-art computer system running specialist distribution software, which links the three branches, we are able to control our stock levels very closely, while a recent investment in a new telephone system has greatly improved the efficiency of sales calls.  

With a total of 30,000 square feet of warehouse space, stock levels in excess of £800,000, a staff of 24, a fleet of 5 delivery vans and a wealth of experience, the company continues to be one of the provinces leading electrical wholesalers.     

Buying power!  

BM Electrical Wholesale Ltd. is a member of the AWEBB Buying Group.  With over 60 members, AWEBB is one of the largest electrical buying groups in the UK.  AWEBB negotiate buying deals on behalf its members, and also support its members with a bulk distribution centre based in Derbyshire.  They also have a range of own-branded products, distributed under the ElectroCentre brand. By being a member, BM Electrical can combine their buying power with other independent electrical wholesalers, to get the best deals from suppliers and offer competitive prices and efficient service to their customers.  However, even their choice of buying group is an area that reflects BM Electrical's ethos, as the AWEBB Buying Group also works closely with suppliers to provide the best levels of quality, service, support and price.

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