City Electrical Factors may be known as CEF to many people. They are a business that sells many different types of electrical items, security devices and relevant accessories. They have a strong presence in the UK, taking up much of the market, but they also operate in Spain, Australia, North America and Ireland. In the UK, they currently have more than 400 branches offering an extensive line of products. Their products include, but are not limited to, cables and cable management devices, CCTV security, domestic appliances, lighting, electronic testing equipment, safety wear, industrial controls, tools and fixtures. They support the trade and also the general public with their sales operations. It is usually a large store which has aisles full of DIY products that you can purchase to install on your own, or hire someone to assist. This includes everything from light switches and plugs to small electrical components to fix household objects.
Their 400-and-counting outlets provide local customers with electrical products in many major UK towns and cities. Lots of people have access to more than one CEF store, especially London, Glasgow and Birmingham residents who have a number of CEF establishments to choose from. Trying to find one of their branches is made easier by their recognisable branding and logo. The CEF logo includes three red squares with one of the company’s initials written in white capitals in each of the squares. The squares have a grey outline and their slogan, “Your Electrical Experts” is written below in capital letters.
Most of their stores have standard opening hours. From Monday to Friday they are operational between the hours of 7.30am and 5.30pm. On Saturdays, most stores run a limited service starting at 8am and closing at noon and most remain closed on Sundays. They are also closed or have limited business hours on New Year's Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Christmas, Boxing Day and bank holidays. It is best to check with a specific branch for their hours during these days using our store locator which will show all City Electrical Factor stores near you open today. The online chat service on their website is open between 8am and 8pm every day, and you can also check the opening and closing times of specific stores through this service.
Their business is recognisable to a lot of their past, current and potential customers. However, like many businesses, a lot of people will not be aware of some interesting facts surrounding how they started and how they operate. These include:
They have over ten different categories for their extensive product range. Their products include wiring, accessories to store wiring safely, security systems such as CCTV networks, domestic appliances, ventilation and heating systems perfect for homes and commercial settings, lamps, electronic testing gear, a vast number of tools to help use their products, PPE equipment and many more highly-sought goods. Their range of products points to a wide customer base that will include domestic property owners, office owners and other commercial environments - this can also include trade purchasers.
You can buy their products in-store or online. You can be advised in both locations vis store staff or using the online chat tool if requiring assistance. Buying online also allows you to open a CEF account. All products are delivered free of charge and tracked by the company themselves. The company also provide recycling stations for customers to bring used and unwanted goods.
CEF was established in 1951. They opened their first branch in Coventry and have continued to expand significantly ever since. In the first ten years of trading, two more branches were opened. Since then, the decades that followed saw a much faster rate of growth with 39, 148, 156, and 54 more branches added in each of the following decades, respectively. They now have over 400 branches in the UK, a firm grip on the market and a strong customer base which has allowed them to expand internationally. With their strong customer support base, they can expect to continue this expansion as they become more attractive to both public and trader purchasers.