Maplin is an electrical retailer with outlets throughout the UK and also operates a thriving online business. The Company was founded in 1972 in Essex by Roger Allen and Doug Simmonds. The first store was opened in Westcliff on Sea in 1975 followed soon after by a second shop in Hammersmith. By 1979 Maplin was producing its own colour catalogue and in 1981 Electronics, the Maplin magazine was launched.

Further expansion followed and in 1993 a Far East Headquarters was set up in Taiwan. In 1999 a fully interactive internet site including an online catalogue with live ordering facilities came into existence. The Company is still growing at a very fast rate with sales reaching 127 million pounds in 2007. For more information visit