Ironically, their first year business in 1946 ran at a loss and Mr. North pulled out leaving Mr. Robertson to steer the ship. In 1956 Robertson was joined by Harry Harrington, and together they became sole owners and co director of North & Robertson (Pty) Ltd. Shortly after that, Robertson moved to Durban where he opened another branch.
In time, branches were opened in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and in the Transvaal & Transkei. North and Robertson changed direction again in 1988, when Robertson and Harrington passed away within 5 months of each other. When the trustee of the company indicated that heirs were prepared to sell, it was decided that the group companies should be split, and employees Brian Tiltmann and Barry McLeod, who also recently retired, were given the opportunity to purchase the business the following year. In 1996, Brian's son, Brendan and Paddy De Lacy took over the business and have since been dedicated to company's success.
The company has been supplying a wide range of electrical goods from high voltage equipment to electric cable to electric switches and globes to a number of major East London companies for decades as well as having won successful procurement tenders for local, provincial and government contracts.
North & Robertson also has had vast experience in supplying DIY centres with pre-packed electrical products. With Builders Express resorting to centralized buying a big part of our sales in this regard were taken away creating opportunities for new DIY customers to make use of our services.
The company has a client base of more than 300 customers extending from Lusikisiki and Umtata to Port Alfred and Fort Beaufort to Queenstown and surrounding areas, providing them with credit in excess of R8 million. We have a long and successful relationship with a number of firms including Nestle', Eskom, Shones Electrical, Performance Electrical, the Buffalo City Municipality, Manelec Services and Wattron.
Our large fleet of vehicles, ranging from a 5 ton and 4 ton truck and 5 bakkies assists us in satisfying our clients and meeting their delivery requirements.
North & Robertson has also had a long standing relationship with a number of its suppliers. The company has been a distributor for Aberdare Cable since 1956.