Company History

The story of Northern Connectors - Passion, Expertise and Loyalty

Northern Connectors was started over 30 years ago by husband and wife team Keith and Linda Hewitt. From humble beginnings trading from a small unit in St Helens with initially just one franchise agreement, the business has grown to become a celebrated and successful company which represents over ten of the industry’s top connector manufacturers.

Northern Connectors remains a family run business with both first and second generation now involved in the day to day running of the company. The passion and expertise that runs through the whole of Northern Connectors is a key element to the Company’s success and has lead to many long-standing, excellent relationships with suppliers and customers alike.

Please take a moment to read the key milestones of our business as shown below.

1983 - Northern Connectors Supplies and Services established at Jackson Street, St. Helens, with Burndy franchise.
1988 - Company extend unit at Jackson Street from 500 to 1000 sq ft.
1989 - Northern Connectors become a Limited Company.
1990 - Sign franchise distribution agreement with Radiall.
1993 - Move into new 3000 sq ft purpose built premises at Abbotsfield Road, St. Helens, situated in one acre of land.
1993 - FCI award Northern special award for Outstanding Sales Performance and Growth.
1994 - Mr John Stoker Regional Director of the Government Office for Merseyside officially opens Northern’s new premises.
1995 - ISO 9001 : 2000 accreditation awarded.
1996 - Northern sign franchise distribution agreement with Weidmuller.
1997 - Receive CIE/ECIF Excellence in Distribution Award.
1998 - Sign franchised distribution agreement with Harting.
1998 - FCI award Northern - special award in recognition of 15 Years Loyalty and Exceptional Success.
1998 - Receive Supplier of the Year Award from Park Air Electronics.
1999 - Radiall present Northern with special award for Fastest Growing Distributor for RF Connectors.
1999 - Sign franchised distribution agreement with Alpha Wire.
2000 - Sign franchise distribution agreement with Hirschmann.
2001 - Sign franchise distribution agreement with Binder.
2002 - Receive 'Distributor of the Year' award from Harting.
2002 - Alstom Traction award Northern Connectors Kan Ban contract.
2003 - Receive 'Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the second year running.
2005 - Souriau award Northern Connectors the VAD assembly for UT0 and UT0W series.
2006 - Souriau award Northern Connectors the VAD assembly for UTS series.
2006 - Sign franchise distribution agreement with Conec.
2007 - Sign franchise distribution agreement with Lumberg Automation.
2007 - Receive 'Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 3rd time.
2008 - Northern Connectors celebrates 25 Years in the Electronics Industry.
2008 - Become fully authorised distributor for Hummel UK. 
2010 - Northern Connectors launches new website.
2010 - Sign franchise distribution agreement with Binder UK.
2011 - Receive 'Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 4th time.
2012 - Northern Connectors become Preferred Distribution Partner (Gold Status) for Hirschmann.
2012 - Northern Connectors become Preferred Distribution Partner (Gold Status) for Lumberg Automation.
2013 - Northern Connectors celebrates 30 years in the Electronics Industry. 
2013 - Binder award Northern Connectors for being the Top Performing Distributor of their Snap in IP67 Connectors.
2013 - Receive 'Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 5th time.
2014 - Become a distribution partner for Mennekes.
2014 - Receive 'Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 6th time.
2015 - Northern Connectors launches new website.
2015 - Receive 'Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 7th time.

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