Why Shoppers Are Abandoning The High Street DIY Stores
With sinking losses from B&Q and Homebase, find out why staying local is the answer for electricians in Essex.
High street DIY stores in the UK have experienced heavy losses throughout 2017. B&Q owner Kingfisher dropped to the bottom of the FTSE100 index at the end of July. A change in structure and wet weather was blamed for a drop of 8% in second quarter sales. However, rivals Homebase have similar problems. New owners Australian retail giant, Wesfarmers, caused significant restructuring and a shift in direction as the brand launched its ‘Always Low Prices’ promise. As a result, Homebase currently appears to be down £54 million, which represents a colossal loss for the company.
As uncertainty surrounds these household chains, many industry professionals are choosing alternative stores to purchase their electrical goods from. The savviest commercial electricians are staying local and those who live in Essex or the surrounding area are finding that Light Switch has everything they could possibly need.
Visiting Light Switch
Located at Hillgrove Business Park, Nazeing Road, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2HB, Light Switch is part of the Team Electrical Supplies (London) Ltd that has been in existence for over 33 years. There is a large trade counter in the store, but with the launch of LightSwitch.co.uk, this provides added convenience for professionals looking to purchase from a distance. The company dispatches delivery vans all over Essex, London and the adjacent home counties. Where possible, they aim to send out orders on the same day that they’re placed, by using an overnight courier. There is no delivery charge for orders over £75, so it makes sense to buy in bulk. However, for those that can’t wait for delivery, it is possible to pick up your goods immediately for free from the store.
Shopping locally doesn’t mean limiting your access to products when you choose to buy your electricals from Light Switch. A wide range of quality items from the most reputable manufacturers in the business are available. Choose from names such as Green Brook, Hellermann Tyton, Ansell and ATC for whatever electrical job you’re completing. The prices are as competitive here as you’ll find anywhere, which makes it a great choice for builders, developers or even home DIYers.
A Helping Hand
Those requiring a little extra assistance are welcome to take advantage of the excellent customer service, either by talking face-to-face with one of the store employees, or by calling 01992 899097 where you can speak to a knowledgeable sales representative.
Look Out For Special Offers
Although both the store and the web shop are both priced competitively across all brands, shoppers can also save a little bit extra by keeping an eye out for regular sales promotions. To keep abreast of the latest offers, you can sign up to the company newsletter to be delivered straight to your inbox. You can also follow Light Switch on social channels.
Many shoppers who visit the big high street DIY chains do so out of habit, but once they try out long-established local firms such as Light Switch, there’s very little reason to return to the giants who often charge more for the same products. Go local today – you won’t regret it.