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50 not out as E. Bennett celebrates half a century of keeping UK industry moving

EB 50 anniversaryFamily business E. Bennett Electrical has been keeping the wheels of British industry turning for half a century.

Three generations of the Bennett family have worked for E. Bennett Electrical since it was founded in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, in 1965 by Harry John Bennett.

The company is now run by Harry John’s sons, Andrew, Nigel and Roger Bennett and is a leading supplier of electrical motors, industrial controls and gearboxes to UK manufacturers.  

Meanwhile, grandsons Sam and Joe have joined the business which is continuing to thrive as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.

The landmark was celebrated with a recent golf day for customers, suppliers and business associates during which £250 was raised for Breast Cancer Now.

“Our mother, Eunice, died after suffering breast cancer and my wife, Catherine, has suffered and recovered from the disease, so it is a cause dear to our hearts,” said Roger.

“Catherine is now a very keen fund raiser for Breast Cancer Now and we were pleased to be able to help through our charity golf day.”

E.Bennett Electrical began trading from a lockup garage in Milton moving very soon to Burslem and made the short move to a larger building in Reginald Street, Burslem, in 1998.

Roger said: “My father was an excellent salesman who built the business by buying in motors, refurbishing them and selling them on.

“The business has since developed and we manufacture geared motors as well as supplying new AC motors and variable speed drives. We provide a full advice service and on-site consultancy and advice service for companies to ensure their equipment is installed correctly and runs efficiently. 

“We have extensive stock and provide a 24/7 service for customers.

“The biggest change in industry in the past 50 years has probably been the move towards just in time manufacturing. I’m proud to say that as a company we have adapted and are able to respond to the needs of our customers with the motor they need, when they want it.”