About Us

Farnell, established in 1939, is a world leading high service, low volume distributor of electronic, electrical, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations (MRO) products – with fast, easy access to over 620,000 stocked products, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



We offer buyers, design and maintenance engineers flexible ordering through a choice of channels and delivery options to suit individual requirements.

Service beyond anyone else. 
Farnell is a company where the
customer truly comes first, regardless of how big or small they are.

Christopher Bennis, Proprieter, cbs Southport

  • FAST, easy 24 hour online ordering
  • FAST same day despatch
  • FREE technical support

…but Farnell delivers more than just products.  Our support and information services are here to help your business, even after purchase.

Farnell – Part of Premier Farnell

Farnell is part of the Premier Farnell Group of companies and this means you can access even more products from within the group.  Together with Newark, our American based distributor, Farnell is truly a one-stop shop!

Our History – Farnell

Our History - FarnellEstablished in 1939, by Alan Farnell and Arthur Woffenden A.C.Farnell Limited originally sold radio parts but later broadened their product range to focus on the wholesale market.

In 1966 Farnell Electronics floated on the London Stock Exchange with a turnover of just c.£2million reaching c.£200 million by 1990.

Today, Farnell is one of the worlds leading distributors of electronic, electrical, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations (MRO) products. 

  • Employing over 1200 people in more than 20 countries
  • Working with over 800 world class suppliers 
  • Offering over 620,000 stocked products
  • With ordering 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Our History – the other Premier Farnell Companies

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  • Our History - NewarkAcquired by Farnell Electronics in 1996 as part of Premier Industrial Corporation
  • Market-leading, knowledge-based distributor of electronic components in the Americas
  • Locations in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Brazil
  • Customers include professionals working in design, maintenance and purchasing
  • Visit Newark


  • Our History - CPCCPC (Combined Precision Components) was established in 1967 as a supplier of spare parts
  • Acquired by Premier Farnell in 1995
  • Leading UK distributor of electrical and electronic components, accessories and equipment
  • Wide customer base of smaller companies
  • Visit CPC

CadSoft acquisition delivers complete on-line solution for design engineers

Our History - CPC

As we strive to better understand your needs in the design process, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the products, technologies, services and information we offer to ensure you get the support you need.

We are delighted to confirm that we have recently acquired CadSoft, market leading developer and supplier of CAD software. The software, EAGLE, is now in use by thousands of design engineers throughout Europe, the USA and Asia.

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Corporate Responsibility Policy


Premier Farnell takes its role as a responsible corporate citizen seriously and seeks to take account of the economic, social and environmental impacts of its operations. It is our belief that acting in this way is a source of business opportunity, improved competitiveness and sound business practice.

Read more about Premier Farnell’s responsibility here.

Policy Statements

View our Policy Statements here.

Careers at Farnell

Farnell is part of the Premier Farnell Group of companies. Learn more about working for Farnell here.

Don’t just take our word for it…


We believe the power and reach of Farnell web-based and catalogue media is being instrumental to Sharp securing strong visibility within the wider design engineering community. This partnership is an excellent complement to our current distribution strategy and we look forward to expanding our collaboration in the future.
Maximillian Huber, President Sharp Microelectronics Europe GMBH

Our relationship with Farnell has grown from strength to strength and their marketing campaigns highlight their awareness of the market and, essentially the needs of customers
Steve Head, Sales & Marketing Director, XP


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