Maplin Electronics

Maplin Electronic Supplies was established in 1972 as a small mail order business by Roger and Sandra Allen and Doug Simmons. The company originally started in a bedroom at the Allens’ home in Rayleigh, Essex, after the two electronics enthusiasts were disappointed by the complexity and poor availability of existing electronic component suppliers.

The trio placed a small advertisement in an electronics magazine after printing the company’s first 28-page catalogue, which would be offered free to callers. Despite a slow start and dwindling profit in the first year; the company began to create a reputation for offering first grade electronic components that are delivered exactly as shown in the catalogue by first class post.

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