Garador boasts longest serving employees and Europe’s most modern factory

garadorfactory300The Somerset-based garage door manufacturer Garador is boasting an employee service record that it reckons to be second to none, with the average employee working for the company for 18 years.

Garador, which recently extended its Yeovil factory (pictured) “to make it the most modern of its kind in Europe”‘ employs 80 people and the longest serving member of staff has been working with the company for 50 years.

Managing director Simon Hipgrave said: “Once a member of staff has been with us for 25 years, they are awarded with a £250 cash bonus to thank them for their loyalty to the company. It doesn’t seem that our team need much encouragement to stay with us though: Our longest serving member of staff in the factory has been with us for nearly 42 years whilst on the management side of the business, one member of the team has been with us for half a decade.”

This material is protected by copyright Ken Hurst 2013.


About Ken Hurst

Ken Hurst began his career as a journalist in London over 30 years ago, working on a range of publications before moving on to weekly newspaper production in the newly-independent Zambia of the 1970s. He returned to the UK where his work included spells on newspapers and magazines, before moving to head up Norwich Union’s corporate affairs division. In the 1990s he moved on to freelance, co-own and publish the B2B audio magazine Sound and front the BBC radio Yesterday’s Papers programme. There followed six years as Business Editor at Britain’s biggest selling regional daily newspaper, The Eastern Daily Press, where he led an award-winning team and for whom he still writes a weekly socio/political comment column. Subsequently, he was Group Editorial Director at CBM, responsible for its UK and US magazine output – including The Manufacturer magazine – research-driven industry reports and live events content. Currently he is Contributing Editor at Works Management magazine publisher Findlay Media and Chairman of the consumer publishing house TNT Multimedia Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the British Association of Communicators in Business.
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