Hughes Direct - The UK's 4th largest specialist electrical retailer
Hughes is now the UK's 4th largest specialist electrical goods retailer and 2nd largest renter of home entertainment and kitchen appliances. Its Hughes Direct website was voted by the readers of the which? magazine in 2010 to be the 2nd best electrical website and its commercial division Hughes Trade is one of the country's fastest growing business to business suppliers.
Hughes Electrical was founded in Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1921 by Frank Hughes who trained as an electrical engineer after having served in the cavalry throughout the Great War. Ever the entrepreneurial company, Hughes were quick to introduce new technologies such as televisions and labour saving kitchen appliances and by renting these products they became affordable for the typical household in the post war austerity years.