In 1986 Steven Walker swapped his fish and chip shop for a chance to cash-in on the booming computer industry. He signed on with his childhood best friend, Stewart Paterson, to launch an electronics and computer-related distributorship. The first six years were tight. They took minimal salaries and put almost all profits back into the business. Having both worked as engineers on off-shore oil rigs, they hit up their oil industry contacts for business. Today, £4.1m Grampian Electronic Components also works with colleges and councils in Aberdeen. This past year the company opened a 2,000 sq. ft. showroom and expanded its plant by 7000 sq. ft. Both live and breath the business. When asked if he’d consider selling out, Paterson replied, “I suppose if someone came along and offered a lot of money I’d sell it. But this has been my life.”

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Company details
Year1998
Rank93
CompanyGrampian Electronic Components
ActivityElectronic components distributor
LocationAberdeenshire
Annual sales rise over 3 years68.46%
Latest sales £000s†4,096
Staff20
Founded1986

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