Monday 27 November 2023

We're on board for Grow a Tree in 23, with National Tree Week

Beautiful trees on a sunny British day

It's National Tree Week this week, so we decided to make a donation to UK charity The Tree Council to help them plant and nurture 25 trees; from saplings all the way to a full-grown trees.

We are delighted to support such a worthwhile cause, as trees bring our streets, neighbourhoods and landscapes to life with their beautiful green leaves and colourful flowers. They also help us tackle climate change, provide homes for wildlife, improve our health and so much more.

Planting trees for National Tree Week

This year, we are celebrating our 75th anniversary of making garage doors. That's a long time, and there have been many changes in the world since we made our first garage door. One thing that we are keen to support is the environment, whether that's manufacturing with renewable energy or reducing waste packaging. We know that trees are essential for our planet and our well-being, so we're proud to do our bit to support National Tree Week.

Find out more about National Tree Week at

Thursday 2 November 2023

We raised £300 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Garador staff browsing the delicious cakes baked by our lovely cake bakers
We've just finished our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning that we hosted at Garador offices in Yeovil. It was such a great event and we are pleased to have raised a lot of money for such a worthwhile cause.

Lots of staff went to enormous trouble to bake something delicious, with a tasty selection of cupcakes, biscuits, chocolate cakes, shortbreads and even devil’s food cake, shop floor operative Dessi Elmahdy brought in a hugely popular salted caramel cake and Sales Administrator Michele Jamieson added a savoury flavour with cheese puffs and swirls.

We had a fantastic turnout and a lot of positive feedback from everyone who brought cakes along. We were amazed by the variety and quality of the cakes and drinks that our staff and guests brought along.

We've continued to host our Coffee Morning as a yearly occasion because we wanted to do something good for our community and show our solidarity with those affected by cancer. We know that cancer can be a scary and lonely experience, and we wanted to make a difference in any way we could.

Find out more about Macmillan Cancer Support, by visiting

Tuesday 17 October 2023

Going green with solar power!!

Flags flying outside the Garador manufacturing facility in Yeovil

It's fair to say we've been busy over the last 12 months, and not just with manufacturing garage doors! Back in June 2022, we decided to take the plunge and commission a study to see how feasible it would be to install solar panels on the roof of our Yeovil manufacturing plant. After considering a variety of different renewable options, each with their pros and cons, we settled on solar panels as they were deemed to be the most practical and cost-effective method of generating electricity. 

With the decision to shift towards green energy taken, we then explored costs and potential suppliers to do the job. The roof also needed to be checked and examined to see whether it could support solar panels, which would exert a significant pressure and weight across the building. The factory was built way back in 1984, and opened the following year, and is still in really great condition, thanks to regular maintenance and care from our diligent and conscientious maintenance engineers. The roof sheeting and structure of the building hadn't degraded.

Replacing the roof lights in preparation for the solar panels

After many months of meetings and preparations, the scaffolding needed to access the roof went up in late March 2023. Work to prepare the roof ready for thousands of solar panels could finally begin. Some good old-fashioned elbow grease was needed to clean the roof and so a team of cleaners' pressure washed the entire area getting rid of any dirt or grime which had accumulated up there. 

Painting the roof with a special rubberised paint

By now June had come around, the birds were chirping and the bees were buzzing, and the days were much brighter and longer - perfect weather for working out in the fresh air! Apparently, the roof required a lick of paint too! So we decided that if we were going to do it, we might just as well make a really good job of it and use a protective rubberised paint that would protect the surface for many years to come. We also replaced the roof lights. 

Hundreds of solar panels all lined up ready to go on the roof

By late July, the roof work was complete, hundreds of square feet of roofing sheets have been painted, fixings replaced and roof lights swapped out for new ones too. Over 1500 solar panels were delivered to our yard just a couple of weeks later and goodness gracious was it an incredible sight to see so many all boxed and palleted up ready to go. 

Installers fitting the solar panels on the roof at Garador

During August the solar panel installers began loading all of the photovoltaic panels onto the roof, carrying them manually across the roof surface to get them into place. It was a huge undertaking and looking back, you could see the sheer scale of what had to be achieved. 

Back on the ground work was underway to implement a state-of-the-art system, for converting sunshine into the electricity that we know and love. One of the best ways to save energy is via an excellent flexible control unit and the new state-of-the-art equipment does just that, integrating power from our new solar panels when necessary. This means you only use mains electricity when you really need to.

The finished result, over 1500 solar panels installed on the roof at Garador

The solar panels will help run all of the production equipment in the factory, so we don’t have to use as much fossil fuel based energy and make less pollution. Back on 28th September 2023 we made our first garage door using renewable energy generated from the solar panels. It's still early days and difficult to predict exactly how much of our energy will come from the solar panels, but currently it looks like the solar panels will give us more than half of the power we need in the summer, and still a lot in the winter. The system will make over 700,000 kWh of clean electricity every year and help to save a lot of money on energy bills cutting CO2 emissions by over 300 tonnes. What an achievement!

We want to do our bit for the environment and the introduction of solar panels is an important step. Keep your eyes peeled for more green initiatives in the coming months and years.

Thursday 28 September 2023

We ran 5K for our local air ambulance and it was awesome!

Garador staff standing in front of the air ambulance at the 5K Twilight Shift

A group of us from Garador took part in the 5K Twilight Shift charity run last Saturday (23rd September 2023). The event was organised all in aid of Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance, a life-saving service that provides critical care to patients across the two counties.

The begining of the event!

There were 14 of us in total taking part in the event and it was a really fun way to enjoy some downtime and do some real good for a worthwhile cause. Everything was setup to cater to all ages and abilities, which was great as it meant you could walk, jog or run around Henstridge Airfield, where the air ambulance crew hang out. Anyone could join the run and have a blast, while helping a great cause. Some people even dressed up or carried extra weight, like the crew do when they go to an emergency!

Participants running the 5K Twilight Shift at Henstridge Airfield

We worked hard to get ready for the run and had a lot of fun with hundreds of other supporters on the day. We also donated £500 to the charity in support of the event and were really chuffed to support Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, a charity that we feel close to. As a local business based in Yeovil, we know how important it is to have a quick and reliable emergency service that can get to anywhere in our region.

You can find out more about the run and the air ambulance by visiting

Thursday 10 August 2023

We’ve just launched a new Salisbury side-hinged door

New Salisbury side-hinged garage door
 That’s right, our product development team has been busy working to develop a new garage door design! After months of hard work, this time they’ve come up with a new Salisbury side-hinged model and it looks superb.

It’s been designed with multi-use garages in mind, where you can have the flexibility to use your garage for a range of functions but also get inside quickly and easily, especially when retrieving or storing gardening tools, bicycles or other large and cumbersome items. 

Salisbury side-hinged garage door windows

The new side hinged garage door comes with 2-point locking and concealed hinges for security and gas pistons which act as dampeners, ensuring a smooth and cushioned movement as the door is opened or closed. Weather proof sealing also helps keep wet and blustery conditions outside. Plus, there are also door stays to prevent the door blowing shut.

The opening system is designed for ease and comfort, with one fixed leaf and one leading leaf that makes it much easier to quickly get to what's being stored inside the garage. In situations where a car is being parked inside, both doors open outwards to offer maximum drive-through clearance and there aren’t any tracks or gear systems taking up valuable ceiling or wall space. So you've got full use of the space indoors.

Salisbury side-hinged lever handle

With this new model, we've replicated the already popular Salisbury up & over garage door design in a side-hinged door format. So if you like the Salisbury design for your garage door, but you prefer a side-hinged door, you now have the option to buy one! No need to compromise on your choice of garage door model.

Browse the new Salisbury door and the rest of the side-hinged range at

Thursday 15 June 2023

Our cycling aficionados were out in force supporting the Race from the Base charity cycling event

Garador's cycling team and the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance pilots

We do enjoy a good cycling event at Garador! We've got a fair few avid cyclists working across the company, so when the opportunity to take part in the Race from the Base cycling challenge, well we just couldn't resist. And what's more, its all in aid of a really worthwhile cause which is the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance. 

We formed a team of 6 Garador cyclists and even got some cycling gear to look the part so we could really give it our best shot. With three possible courses to choose from, including a 30km short, 60km cruise and 100km climb, the guys had plenty of options to get stuck into, and in the end opted for a more balanced course with the 60km cruise. Still taxing enough, but not quite as exhausting as the long route.

Team Garador at the start line, ready to go!

Everyone headed down to Henstridge Airfield in Somerset, on the morning of Saturday 10th June, where they were greeted by glorious sunshine and blue skies, perfect weather for cycling! After a quick drink and an ice cream, as well as a chat to the chaps from the air ambulance crew they were off!

Find out more about Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance and the excellent work they do for the local community. They are a vital charity that helps critically ill or injured patients across Dorset and Somerset. On average, they attend about 8-10 incidents every day, ranging from road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests, strokes, falls, industrial accidents and more. They rely on public donations to keep flying and saving lives.

Wednesday 26 April 2023

Doing our bit for the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance

Cyclists line up to transport their bikes back to the start of the event

We were absolutely delighted to continue our support of the Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance last weekend, with their annual Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge! It's such a fantastic event which raises much needed funds for the air ambulance, so we were really pleased to be able to provide our lorries again to help transport cyclists from the finish back to the start of the event.
Money is still coming in for the charity event, but over £45,000 has already been received. Hundreds of cyclists took part, giving there all to the gruelling 55 mile ride across Somerset and Dorset
As in previous years, the route started from Watchet in North Somerset and finished in West Bay on the Dorset Coast. Each of the Garador lorries have a custom built storage system that makes it so bikes can be easily wheeled into our lorries and firmly secured for the journey. Our drivers also gave their time and helped to ensure all the participants could easily get back to Watchet and find their cars after the ride.
Check out to find out more about the excellent work this charity does or to look at making a donation