New south west roof business

Green Lid Fabrication will start fabricating Guardian Roofs for the trade in Taunton from January 2020, after seeing a gap in the market for a new regional business.

Managing director Mark Munro, commercial director David Munro, and sales director Darren Gale have opened an 8,000ft2 facility near Taunton in Somerset, which will use the latest CNC machinery to fabricate Guardian Roofs after they saw a massive rise in thenumber of solid roofs being fitted, and the amount of traditional glass roofs being replaced.

The new site will also have office space, a showroom, and a staff gym.

“We have the capacity for around 10-12 roofs per week with the goal of manufacturing 40 per week within three years,” Darren said.“Our initial target market will be the south west and south wales but with contacts across the UK we have the facility to support a nationwide customer base.”

Darren said the company plans to create a “nice environment to work in” for the initial headcount of six, with the aim of ensuring that everyone benefits from the company’s successes.

“We know the mentality out there and how employees get treated in general, and this will not happen at Green Lid,” he said. “We want to set a high standard as far as staff welfare is concerned.”

Three of the staff are ex-Royal Marines, including MD Mark Munro who also has roofing experience.

Brother David has a background in commercial operations management within the facades and roofline sides of the industry, and Darren has 23 years’ experience in the fenestration industry at all levels, predominantly working within the conservatory sector.

“I started as a conservatory designer for a company in Lancashire where I worked my way up to sales manager,” Darren said.“I then moved to Somerset and worked for a company managing its entire conservatory department. While there, I introduced Guardian Roofs into its range which very quickly became the main roofing system it used.”

Green Lid aims to offer competitive quotes, which are turned around quickly and efficiently.

“We will achieve this using CNC machinery rather than chop saws, and with the three directors doing most of the work themselves, regardless of how hard and long we must work,” Darren said.