Jaylow Cables

Way back in 1949 the founder of the company, the late Mr Julius Lobenstein, who arrived in this country ten years earlier as a refugee from Nazi oppression – started a business that he knew nothing about.  As he often joked: “I didn’t know the difference between a switch socket and a coil of fuse wire”, but he learnt fast.             

He chose the electrical trade because he had a hunch that after the ravages of the World War there was bound to be an enormous increase in house building of which wiring is an essential component.  Together with his son Joe, who was then in his early 20’s, they started a small electrical wholesale business located in the backroom of their residence in North London.

Outwardly not very glorious, but growth was impressive.  From its very inception Jaylow’s motto was: “The best quality goods at the best possible service to the customer and at the most competitive prices”.

In 1973 the founder of the company passed away leaving his son Joe – assisted by a small team of staff – to “carry the can”.  Jaylow was always meant to be a family business; so when his son Morris completed his studies he joined the company and after a few years of apprenticeship was appointed

Jaylow soon became a “household name” in the Electrical Wholesale trade.

Pressure of space compelled a complete change of surroundings and in May 1997 the company purchased a purpose-built unit on a Trading Estate in North London. Jaylow now has its own transport fleet in addition to which it hires carriers so that it operates a 24-hour delivery service to practically all parts of the UK.

We now have in excess of 600 product lines in stock and customer service is kept flowing by our dedicated members of staff.   They are constantly on the lookout for further cable lines to enhance the existing range.   All of which are approved to the relevant standards.

Lo and behold, what the company thought 8 years ago would-be adequate space for many years to come, has proved to be only a fraction of Jaylow’s space requirements.  In November 2000 we moved again into 16,000 feet premises, but after almost five years, and against all expectations, Jaylow has outgrown them.  We have thus purchased a piece of land in Leyton London E10 upon which we have erected storage and comfortable office facilities comprising 35,000 square feet plus a large 30,000 square feet forecourt for lorry access, etc, all totally self-contained.

The chairman of the company Mr Joe Lobenstein, apart from his daily involvement in the advancement of Jaylow Supplies has a very long record of public service. He was until he retired in 2001 an elected Councillor of Hackney for 35 years and has served four consecutive years as Mayor of the Borough.  He was awarded the MBE in 1980 in recognition of his long-standing public service.

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