RS Components of Corby has plenty to toast after 75 years

Workers dressed for Children in Need in 2008

Workers dressed for Children in Need in 2008

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RS Components has grown to become a vital part of Corby’s community, providing vital jobs and hope for the future

The firm is celebrating its 75th anniversary – and a phenomenal success story.

Staff in pink to raise money for breast cancer charities last year

Staff in pink to raise money for breast cancer charities last year

From its humble beginnings it has grown to become a major player in the distribution of electronics and maintenance products.

It has more than a million customers worldwide and big plans for the future.

When JH Waring and PM Sebestyen established the company they supplied radio repair shops with spare parts and when televisions became popular, TV parts were added to the firm’s product list.

By the end of World War II, the company had evolved into a large national distribution company and in 1954 its founders expanded the company’s focus from shops and home users to the industrial sector.

From the very first day of trading in 1937, RS had the simple objective to provide a replacement part for every job.

As times have changed so has RS, embracing new technologies as they emerge. Today, IT and communications products are pre-eminent and RS keeps ahead with new product introductions and innovations that enter the market, such as the Raspberry Pi computer.

Company milestones over the years have been many.

In 1937 the firm became the first electronics and maintenance company to have an own label range and in the same year it was the first distributor to offer free next day delivery.

In 1995 it was the first catalogue distributor to introduce a CD Rom version.

Head of UK sales Iain Lennardsaid: “There’s real pride in the people who work here and not only are they proud that they work for Corby’s largest employer, they are also proud of the firm’s reputation around the world.”

It’s a family affair at RS Components in Corby.

It’s the town’s largest employer and it boasts long-serving employees, many of whom are relatives. Take the McLeans. Jacqui, 44, has worked at RS for almost 23 years and met her husband Stuart, now retired, at the company 21 years ago.

Stuart’s brother Pat works at the firm and he encouraged his niece Kat McLean to join the workforce. Pat’s mum Margaret worked there too.

Jacqui said: “Part of the draw is the facilities, and the role RS plays in the community.”

Read the full company history here.