Premier Farnell Pledges Funds for Chinese Earthquake Survivors

    Premier Electronics in China, Part of the Global Premier Farnell Group,
    Will be Donating a Portion of its web Sales to aid in Relief Efforts
    While Employees Worldwide Raise Additional Funds Which the Company Will

    LONDON, June 3 /CNW/ - Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl), the leading
multi-channel, high service distributor supporting millions of engineers and
purchasing professionals globally, has launched a global campaign to raise
funds to help survivors of the 12th of May earthquake in China.
    Premier Electronics, Premier Farnell's Chinese business unit, with
facilities throughout China, including a new office and technical centre in
Chengdu, part of the region most badly affected by the recent earthquake, will
be donating a portion of its web revenue from its local Mandarin website to
help aid relief efforts. The Premier Electronics facility in Chengdu is
undamaged and all employees are safe, enabling Premier Electronics to work
with the local community to find ways it can contribute and assist in efforts
to help rebuild the area.
    The Premier team is providing practical assistance, volunteers, raising
money and helping to create global awareness for the survivors of the
disaster. They have even made a short video for the Group's Intranet which
shares the reality of the situation in China and encourages their colleagues
to help with fundraising activities.
    Premier Farnell has committed to match donations received from its global
employees for a number of designated charities in the region, including CCTF
(China Children and Teenagers' Fund) who are helping with the earthquake
relief efforts by rebuilding schools and supporting children, many of whom
have lost parents.
    "Our thoughts are with the Chinese people as they rebuild after this
terrible tragedy, our teams globally want to help in whatever way they can and
raising money for those in greatest need is one way to do this," said Harriet
Green, CEO of Premier Farnell. "We are very much relieved that all of our
employees are safe and our thoughts are with those who were not so fortunate.
I am proud of the response we have had from our global team and we look
forward to making a significant donation to match the funds they raise."

    About Premier Farnell

    Premier Farnell plc (LSE:pfl) is a leading high service, multi-channel
distributor of electronic, maintenance, repair and operation products and
specialist services throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. It goes
to market with a differentiated value proposition, world-class marketing, a
stocked range of 400,000 plus products, and access to 4,000,000 more items
from 3,000 top manufacturers. The company has group sales of GBP744.7 million
and 4,100 employees globally.
    While global in scope, Premier Farnell recognizes the individual needs of
each market and has continued to internationalize its model accordingly,
trading locally under different brand names. Its primary electronics
businesses trade as Farnell in the UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand,
Newark in the US, Canada and Mexico, and Premier Electronics in China and Hong
Kong. In Singapore, Malaysia and Brazil the operation is known as Farnell
Newark. For more information visit the website at

For further information:

For further information: Premier Farnell Corporate Contact: Jenny
Peters, Head of Corporate Communications, Premier Farnell plc, Tel:
+44(0)207-851-4102, Email:, Website:; Public Relations Agency Contact: Jonathan
Roberts, Account Director, Pinnacle Marketing Communications Ltd, Tel:
+44(0)20-8869-9339, Email:, Website:

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