Hughes Trade

56 Stadium Way, Stadium Trading Estate, Benfleet, SS7 3NZ Directions

   Now closed Open today 09:00 - 18:00

Business overview

Hughes - The Electrical Experts

About us

Who we are… Hughes was founded in Lowestoft, Suffolk in 1921 by Frank Hughes who trained as an electrical engineer after having served in the Great War. Originally the company rewound industrial electrical motors for Lowestoft's fishing fleet but in 1928 Frank bought his first shop. Here he built and sold radios and the family literally lived over the shop for many years. The business was incorporated in 1946 but the following year Frank passed away, leaving his children Peter, Phyllis and Jim to take over the management of the company. To this day, almost one hundred years on, Hughes remains a true family business with the third generation under Robert and Jeremy Hughes now at the helm. Hughes were quick to embrace and introduce new technologies as they developed, such as televisions and labour-saving kitchen appliances. By renting these products they became affordable for the typical household in the post-war austerity years. This early equipment was notoriously unreliable and the engineering background of the company meant it was well placed to develop a large service infrastructure to repair them. Geographic expansion soon followed and by the end of the 20th century Hughes had over 30 shops and 5 service centres located throughout East Anglia.


The new millennium bought new opportunities and Hughes expanded its retail footprint still further with the acquisition of Apollo 2000 based in the West Midlands and Bennetts Retail based in East Anglia. These businesses operated from large out of town stores which greatly increased Hughes expertise in the sale of kitchen appliances and IT equipment. This growth has meant that Hughes is now the country's 4th largest specialist electrical retailer and the 2nd largest provider of home entertainment and kitchen appliance rentals.

Hughes was delighted to win the Domestic and General Internet Retailer of the year award in 2016 having been voted the best electrical website by more than 250,000 customers.


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Products & Services


cooker, stove & oven retailers


digital radios

dishwasher retailers

domestic appliances

electrical appliance rentals

electrical appliance repairs & parts

electrical appliances

electrical repairs

electrical shops

food processors

fridge freezers

fridges & freezers retailers



kitchen equipment

kitchen showrooms

microwave ovens - retail & suppliers


television shops


tumble dryers

tv repairs

vacuum cleaners

vegetable processors

washing machines retailers

white goods

Sky TV

Smart Home

Broadband Services

Sim Cards


Range Cookers

Built In appliances


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