Company History

The story of Northern Connectors - Passion, Expertise and Loyalty

Northern Connectors was established over 35 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 from 500 to 1000ft2
1989 - Northern Connectors become a Limited Company
1990 - Sign franchised distribution agreement with Radiall
1993 - Move into new 3000ft2 purpose built premises at Abbotsfield Road, St. Helens, situated on one acre of land
1993 - FCI award Northern special award for 'Outstanding Sales Performance and Growth'
1994 - Northern’s new premises officially opened by Regional Director of the Government Office for Merseyside 
1995 - ISO 9001 : 2000 accreditation awarded
1996 - Sign franchised 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 franchised distribution agreement with Hirschmann
2001 - Sign franchised distribution agreement with Binder
2002 - Receive 'Specialist Distributor of the Year' award from Harting
2002 - Alstom Traction award Northern Connectors with kan ban contract
2003 - Receive 'Specialist Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 2nd 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 franchised distribution agreement with Conec
2007 - Sign franchised distribution agreement with Lumberg Automation
2007 - Receive 'Specialist 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
2010 - Northern Connectors celebrates 20 years representing Radiall
2010 - Sign franchise distribution agreement with Binder
2011 - Receive 'Specialist 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 'Specialist Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 5th time
2014 - Become a distribution partner for Mennekes
2014 - Receive 'Specialist Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 6th time
2015 - Receive 'Specialist Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 7th time
2016 - Northern Connectors celebrates 20 years representing Weidmuller
2017 - ISO 9001 : 2015 accreditation awarded
2017 - Receive 'Specialist Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 8th time
2018 - Northern Connectors celebrates 20 years representing Harting
2018 - Northern Connectors celebrates 35 years in the Electronics Industry
2019 - Receive 'Specialist Distributor of the Year' award from Harting for the 9th time

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