Michael R Peters
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Michael R Peters, Bedford’s premier, in-town, electrical retailer, was founded in 1966 by Mike Peters and his wife, Mary, both true Bedfordians. Based in The Broadway, the building premises have become something of a local landmark and the business has thrived by selling first class products coupled with excellent customer care and service. Over the years the business has won a number of prestigious awards including National Electrical Retailer of the Year in 2002.
In 1982 the business now known as Tavistock Sound and Vision was acquired and specialises in home entertainment systems embracing television and sound. Considerable expertise has been built up in installation of bespoke systems to maximise the effectiveness of current technology in home entertainment.
The Cooker Shop was launched in 2002 and sells a whole range of cookers and kitchen equipment as well as electric fires. It now incorporates a large and impressive fitted kitchen showroom to demonstrate both the appearance and the function of fitted equipment.
The combined business now occupies three shops in The Broadway – looking down Harpur Street – and prides itself on being able to supply any home electrical appliance within one day and is renowned for same-day deliveries in the case of an emergency.
Michael R Peters is a founder member of Euronics which is Europe’s largest buying group for electrical products and equipment which enables the business to be competitive on price with all major retailers. They have a well-equipped workshop and qualified, experienced engineers providing all manner of expertise to undertake any sort of repair or modification – they love a challenge!
The installation team, together with the service engineers, have built-up a reputation for security installations, the provision of screens and sound in hotels and supplying equipment for conferences and other events.
Although they have been trading from the same premises in Bedford for almost fifty years and the name is very well known in the area many people do not realise the wide variety of products and services Michael R Peters offer.
They have stocked a complete range of cookers for more than fifteen years and now have a separate cooker shop in the Broadway which also offers a selection of electric fire options, including fire surrounds.
Any make of vacuum cleaner can be supplied but MRP specialises in Dyson, Miele and Sebo machines and accessories. The business also provides a servicing and repair facility for all makes, and in particular the Dyson range of cleaners.
The company provide a comprehensive service for the copying of Video and Audio tapes onto compact discs for use in CD and DVD players.
The installation teams provide a free survey service for people considering built-in appliances, the wall-mounting of televisions, complete sound systems throughout the house and can offer a vast experience in helping to decide on equipment and its location. Internet based television and sound system control is becoming very sophisticated making such specialist advice very important.
As a local business Mike and Mary Peters have supported many local charities and events over the years and continue to support the Bedford Blues, Bedford Sunday Football League, Queens Works Bowls Club, both Rowing Clubs, Bedford Girls and Bedford United junior football teams.
The business has also been long-term supporters of Bedford Hospital, the Primrose hospital cars and the Door to Door bus service for the elderly. The business also supports numerous local charities with which it has longstanding relationships and all things Bedford.
Mike Peters was instrumental in creating, through the Rotary Club, a local awareness of the National Initiative to help relieve the effects of natural disasters throughout the world and Mary Peters and the staff in the shops have continued with this philosophy.