King’s Lynn business marks 30 years of trading in the town

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Lynn’s award-winning electrical specialists Cooper and Elms have this week celebrated 30 years of trading in the town.

Monday marked the milestone date for the business in Tower Street, which earlier this year won the Mayor’s Business Award for Independent Retailer of the Year.

On the anniversary day, director Ian Cooper paid tribute to customers and his staff over the years. He said: “I would like to thanks customers past and present and all over my staff for the hard work they have contributed.

“It’s a great honour to have served Lynn for 30 years and we look forward to continuing to deliver top quality service which we pride ourselves in for many years to come.”

He said that in the future he has plans to further expand the range of products the business offers.

It was Ian’s late father, Richard, and business partner Peter Elms who set up the business in 1984 as a Tandy dealership selling electronic and electrical goods and components.

Cooper and Elms grew its range to include TV and hi-fi and became the authorised dealer of several major brands for whom they were service agents with its own repair workshop. In 1995 Richard took sole ownership of the business.

With the business growing, it became a limited company in 2002 and the property was extended a year later to increase showroom space and a larger workshop. By 2009 the shop was stocking a range of laundry and refrigeration products having joined Euronics, Europe’s largest independent electrical buying group, the previous year.

“One of the main reasons behind our success is the personal service which we give, “ said Ian. “A customer who buys a light bulb for 99p is as important to us as one who buys a TV for £1,000.”