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E Preston Electrical Expands Franchises and Goes Online

E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd was established in 1980 as a specialist distributor of switches and electrical components.  Beginning with only 3 franchises the company currently has over 40 different franchises and holds approximately half a million pounds worth of stock.

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Now in the third generation of family ownership E Preston Electrical continues to grow and build on traditional values.

“We work hard for our customers to get the best products at the best prices while providing exceptional customer service.  We always do what we say we will, even if that is just a call back,” says Mark Preston, MD.

This is a principle that was rooted in the business from its inception over 30 years ago by founder, and grandfather to the current directors, Ernest Preston.

Although there is still a great emphasis on these traditional values the company has embraced new technology in all of its business operations and now launches a new digital venture.  The new interactive e-shop is aimed at increasing accessibility to existing and new customers.

“We have access to the latest technology from our suppliers,” says Matthew Preston, sales director. “We want to make dealing with E Preston as easy as possible.  We will continue to visit new and existing customers, and speak to them on the telephone, but with eprestononline we can offer them access to our company whenever they want.”

Click AwayThe new eShop will allow customers to log in to their own portal to view orders, print off documents such as acknowledgements and invoices, and allows them to place repeat orders.  Data sheets and supplier catalogues will also be readily available.

The company believes it maintains its position as a traditional company – or more appropriately, a modern company with traditional values.


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E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd announces its 40th anniversary as a specialist distributor of switches and electrical components.

E Preston was established by its original founder Ernest Preston, from which the company gained its name. It began with three people and only three franchises. The company quickly grew and has maintained healthy growth over the last 40 years. Now into the third generation of family ownership, the company employs 20 people and has over 50 franchises, consisting of 100,000s of parts.

Since its inception in 1980, the company has not only grown its offering but also its customer base too. Customers range from sole traders to major PLCs in every sector from transport, defence, and medical to refrigeration, vending and renewable energy. The reason for its continued growth and success is because of its emphasis on the customer.

“E Preston has experienced exceptional growth and development over the past 40 years,” said Mark Preston (Managing Director). “At E Preston our greatest strength is our relationship with our customers. Our focus has always been, and will continue to be, on offering our customers the products they need at the best possible prices. We go the extra mile to make sure that we provide exceptional service and make the whole process as simple as possible.”

Over the past 40 years, E Preston has been successful at evolving and changing to stay ahead of other electrical distributors.

The company works collaboratively with its customers to be a partner in the supply chain process, providing a number of general and bespoke supply solutions such as buffer stock, kit supply and forward ordering. The company’s most recent service is an online ordering platform called eprestononline, which allows customers to browse products, view statements and invoices, and order online.

The E Preston team consists of experienced internal and external sales professionals who can offer technical advice, advise on alternative or new products, provide samples and visit on-site to discuss potential applications and solutions.

For more information on E Preston, to make an enquiry or to place an order online please visit


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CMD Ltd Tells Us Why We Couldn’t Live Without the Indicator Light

There are a few inventions that we often take for granted.  The indicator light is a perfect example of an unsung hero in the engineering world.  Though it’s a simple little component it performs a role we simply couldn’t do without and is used in countless applications.  The indicator light is our gateway to understanding the state of the machinery we interact with day in day out; it’s essential for condition monitoring and health and safety, and for that reason it seems it’s about time it got a bit of recognition for the essential work it does!

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The most common form of indicator light these days is the LED indicator light, although more traditional incandescent light indicators are still used and available.  LEDs were first developed as replacement indicator lights for incandescent and neon indicator lamps.  LEDs were developed in 1962 by Nick Holonyak Jr who is widely considered to be the father of the LED.  Originally LEDs were expensive to manufacture, costing around $200 per unit so had very little application, but by 1968 the lights had been developed so that LEDS could start to be widely used.  They were installed in various pieces of equipment as indicator lights.

The technology which led to cheaper LED lights being developed has now advanced so that LED lights can be used for everyday lighting as well as in machinery.  LEDs are set to be the next big thing in public and domestic lighting in the next couple of decades.

Why We Couldn’t Live Without Indicator Lights
Indicator lights let us know what’s going on inside equipment and this equipment can be as trivial as a games console or as important as an aeroplane.  If the indicator lights fail on your favourite console nobody is going to die, but in a plane or car it could be different story.  We rely on these little lights to warn us if our brake fluid is low or to let our pilot know the plane has sufficient fuel.   In industry we use indicator lights to let us monitor the state of our machinery so we can decrease downtime and increase efficiency.  In the office an indicator light can monitor our energy use and help us become more eco-friendly.

Indeed, CMD offer a new ‘footprint system’ which helps offices monitor energy use and this relies heavily on the indicator light.  Indicator lights let us know when something is wrong and when everything’s going right and without them the world would be far less efficient place.

So next time your indicator light flashes up take a second to value its role in our work and daily lives, it really is something we couldn’t live without.

Written by Ed from CMD Ltd.  A leading supplier of power distribution units and power management systems online.


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Home Solar PV Energy from E Preston Electrical

E. Preston Electrical is a Specialist Distributor of Electrical Components. With over 30 years of experience in the distribution industry our expertise allows us to meet the high demands of changing business needs. We offer the complete range of Solar PV Components from some of the world’s leading manufacturers, including Solar Panels, Inverters and Isolators, etc.

E Preston Electrical is an independent distribution company. Our Solar products can be bought separately or as part of a complete Solar kit. Products have been carefully chosen because of their quality, availability and price.

Kits are available for the following systems: 1.5kW, 2kW, 2.8kW and 4kW.  Each kit includes solar panels, inverter, generation meter, AC & DC isolators, cables, connectors and roof mounting fixings and rail.

*  MCS Approved Solar Panels
*  25 Year Performance Guarantee for Solar Panels
*  G83 Approved Inverters
*  5 Year (Extendable) Product Warranty for Inverters

Harness Solar Energy for Your Home

Solar PV utilises energy from the sun to generate zero carbon, free electricity. It relies on daylight to generate power through the use of photovoltaic cells within roof-mounted modules. Electricity produced from Solar PV has a very high efficiency of around 95%, compared to electricity generated from traditional fossil fuels which have overall efficiency of less than 40%.

The electricity produced by a Solar PV system can drive any appliance that is powered by electricity. An inverter converts the DC current into usable AC current that can be used as power. Any surplus electricity produced can be sold back to the National Grid.

Electricity requirements vary depending on the size of your house and how energy-efficient the building and appliances are. With a Solar PV system you will be able to reduce electricity bills because the system will supply some or all of your power rather than mains electricity.

Key Features

*  Complete Solar PV kits available, starting from 1.5kW outputs
*  MCS Approved products
*  Feed-in Tariff’s guaranteed by the government for 25 years
*  Energy saving, environmentally friendly free solar electricity
*  High efficiency monocrystalline and polycrystalline modules in 180W and 220W outputs
*  Minimal system maintenance required
*  Module mounting systems include on-roof, in-roof and flat-roof kits, both portrait and landscape
*  Reliable technology with a performance guarantee of up to 25 years


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