Giles Thorlby, service manager, (left) and director Ian Cooper.
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A family-run electrical business is proud to have celebrated a special milestone.

Cooper and Elms, of Tower Street in King’s Lynn, is 30-years-old.

It was established on September 1, 1984, by partners Richard Cooper and Peter Elms as a Tandy dealership, selling electronic and electrical goods and components.

The two had been made redundant from a local business when it switched from  electrical retailing to fitted kitchens and bedrooms.

Over the years, the business has grown and Cooper and Elms became authorised dealers and service agents for many major brands.

Richard Cooper took over sole ownership in 1995 at a time when his wife, Elaine, and son, Ian, began to be more active in the firm.

The business became a limited company in 2002 and extended its premises a year later to provide extra showroom space and create a larger service workshop.

Mr Cooper handed over the daily running of the business to his son and in 2008, Cooper and Elms became a member of Combined Independent Holdings Ltd (Euronics), which is Europe’s largest independent electrical buying group.

Mr Cooper senior died just before the firm’s 25th anniversary.

The business has continued to grow and has won prizes from manufacturers.

Mr Cooper said: “My team and I are proud to still be here in a highly competitive market.”

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