Philips and Inmans Electrical Announce New Partnership

April 4, 2011

London, UK– Today, Philips announces a new partnership between its Consumer Lighting business and Inman and Co (Electrical) Ltd to supply and service independent retailers with an exciting range of Philips consumer luminaires across the UK.



 This latest partnership between Inmans and Philips will begin on 1 April 2011.


The agreement will substantially improve the service and offering available to both Philips’ and Inmans’ existing customers and other sellers of Philips lighting products. Inmans will offer retailers access to wider stockholdings at their three distribution centres in London, Sheffield and Bristol. Customers will also be able to order online and access account information through Inmans’ trade only website


A dedicated team, of field and internal sales people, at Inmans will look after these customers with support provided by Philips’ Area Managers. All independent retailers will have the advantage of more frequent deliveries of stock, allowing them to receive Philips’ products on a regular basis and keep their own stock holding to a minimum.


Duncan McCue, Sales Director, Philips Consumer Lighting said, “Philips Consumer Lighting is delighted to announce this new partnership with Inmans. The partnership will add significant value to our customers, offering added value in terms of service levels, expertise and customer focus, which we believe will introduce a new bench mark to the consumer lighting market within the UK.


Customers will be fully supported by an extensive internal and external team from Inmans, providing enhanced customer resource as well as access to improved tools, such as online ordering, where customers will have the ability to check stocks and order products at any point in the day, convenient to them.”


Stephan Hollingshead Deputy Chief Executive of Inmans added, “We have worked with Philips for a number of years now and are delighted to have been chosen for this new partnership. We have invested heavily in systems, staff training and additional stockholding to support it. We know that combining Philips products, with their reputation for quality and innovation, and our service will deliver substantial benefits for both our new and existing customers. We are confident that we will provide excellent support to Philips and Independents going forward.”





Further information


For further information, please contact:


Media Relations Manager

Philips Electronics, Corporate Communications UK
Barbara Neate Tel; +44 1483 293 071

Marketing Manager, Consumer Lighting

Philips Lighting

Ashley Smith Tel; +44 1483 293392



Stephan Hollingshead Deputy Chief Executive


Tel: 0114 254 2436

Fax: 0114 254 2410




About Royal Philips Electronics

Royal Philips Electronics of the Netherlands (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHI) is a diversified health and well-being company, focused on improving people’s lives through timely innovations. As a world leader in healthcare, lifestyle and lighting, Philips integrates technologies and design into people-centric solutions, based on fundamental customer insights and the brand promise of “sense and simplicity”. Headquartered in the Netherlands, Philips employs 119,000 employees in more than 60 countries worldwide. With sales of EUR 25.4 billion in 2010, the company is a market leader in cardiac care, acute care and home healthcare, energy efficient lighting solutions and new lighting applications, as well as lifestyle products for personal well-being and pleasure with strong leadership positions in flat TV, male shaving and grooming, portable entertainment and oral healthcare. News from Philips is located at



About Inman & Co (Electrical) Ltd

Inmans have been trading as an electrical distributor for over 40 years. Originally a local distributor in Sheffield they have gradually expanded to cover first the North of England and now serve over 2,000 customers nationwide from their three distribution centres in London, Sheffield and Bristol. Inmans believe customer service is the key to their success. They employ a full external sales force serving customers through local Area Sales Managers, national Key Account Managers and a knowledgeable telephone sales department. Large customers and contracts are dealt with by the in-house commercial team. Distribution is carried out on Inmans own fleet by qualified and experienced drivers who are noted for their friendly and helpful attitude. Inmans have developed their service over the years to the specific business needs of independent retailers with regular delivery schedules Nationwide.


Inmans have been supplying Philips products for over 40 years and are the principal distributor for Philips Consumer Lifestyle products to independent retailers. The partnership is unique in the UK and the benchmark for other distributors working for Philips in Europe.