Devon LivingIssue #04
We catch up with Mark, Director of Beacon Electrical, and learn a little more about this incredible local business.
In today’s world, global chains and online superstores are able to dominate the market by sheer size and undercutting the local speciality stores of days gone by. So, it’s hard not to be impressed when a local business manages to hold its own and actually beat the competition. These underdog stories really do warm the heart, and there’s something to be said for handing over your hard earned cash for home wares, knowing that it’s being injected straight back into the local economy and not making it’s way to a central accounts department that may not even be in the same country!
“Each branch has its own identity and a tailored range of products to suit the demands of the local community.”
Introducing Beacon Electrical. Based in Plymouth and second-generation family-run, this fantastic local company has been established for over 40 years, with five shops in the Plymouth and south Devon region.
Back in the 1970s and early 80s, company Director Mark tells us: “We were originally known for supplying house-wiring and lighting supplies to the keen DIYer and trade customers. But since then, we have continually expanded our offering to include a wide range of heating, decorative lighting, white goods like washing machines and fridges, and small domestic appliances.” Fast forward to present day and Beacon Electrical has become a fantastic local alternative to national giants like B&Q, Currys and Argos, for all types of electrical products, while still offering professional advice, friendly service and, most importantly, unbeatable prices!
There are five branches in total – two in Plymouth, plus stores in Plymstock, Totnes and Kingsbridge and there’s even a sister company, Beacon Blinds, with an excellent showroom displaying all the latest designs and fabrics.
Mark continues: “Each branch has its own identity and a tailored range of products to suit the demands of the local community. For example, the south Devon town stores in Totnes and Kingsbridge also stock a great range of top-of-the-range technology, including televisions and audio products from the likes of Samsung, Sony, Sonos and many others. We are the largest independent supplier of these goods in Devon and are going from strength to strength,” and credit for this can be given to the unbeatable combination of professional advice and the lowest prices.
“But the key is that we can order in any model from any manufacturer by special order, supplying the best possible products to suit each of our customers’ needs.”
Perhaps you’re looking to get ahead of the game and ensure that your house is prepared for when the balmy months of summer come to an end. If so, Beacon Electrical has a wealth of heating products available, “from £9.99 portable halogen heaters, to storage heaters and fantastically realistic flame-effect electric fires. We can advise on which type of heaters are best for each situation, and are able to work in tandem with reliable local tradesmen to offer a full service, from consultation to fitting.” In fact, this fitting service extends to much of the Beacon service and is inclusive of kitchen appliances and TV products too!
Beacon Electrical has always been known for exceptional customer service, offering the highest level of advice to customers and coupling it with ultra-competitive pricing. It’s a member of the Euronics buying group, which pools the buying power of over 600 companies throughout the country to enable them to compete with the biggest national stores and online outlets. Mark finishes: “We recently bought a second warehouse to enable us to purchase the right deals at the right prices, and so we guarantee to match or beat the prices of the big highstreet and online names. We always want to say ‘yes’ to the needs of any customer who comes through the door, and our slogan is simple: ‘Internet prices, local service’.”
263 Beacon Park Road, Plymouth PL2 3JP
Did you know?
Beacon Electrical has strong ties with the largest domestic appliance manufacturer in the world, Whirlpool Corporation, which owns many of the best known brand names including Whirlpool, Hotpoint, Cannon and more.
For all things lighting, the Beacon Electrical team are specialist suppliers of light bulbs, with literally thousands of different light bulbs in stock. And, more unique variations can be ordered especially, depending on your home’s individual requirements.
"Each branch has its own identity and a tailored range of products to suit the demands of the local community."