About Us

Since 2000 we’ve been designing, manufacturing and successfully delivering specialist products and services to a wide range of end markets and customers.

These include:

  • British design, development, fabrication and product assembly.
  • Specialist anti-ligature and vandal resistant lighting for the custodial and mental health markets.
  • Ultraviolet systems for water disinfection, air & surface solutions for infection prevention and control.
  • Connectivity for the ever-growing demands of communication networks and expectations of our modern society.

Our core value is simple.

Our thinking and decisions are guided by the simple yet highly effective philosophy of you win, we win.

Daro Group’s recent leadership focus brought not only investment but a full suite of support services that enables the businesses within the group to focus on delivering their core areas of expertise; for them and their customers to thrive. These include:

Our Support Services

Governance & Leadership

Continuous Investment

Strategy & Business Planning

Sales & Marketing

People Development

Incentivisation

Finance & IT

Health & Safety

Research & Development

Product Development

Property & Equipment

Process Improvement

Our History

2021
Daro Group and all of its companies undergo a brand refresh to reflect the development of the company and breadth of services now offered. The logo was designed to showcase our decades of experience as a trusted and agile British manufacturing and assembly services provider. As part of the rebrand Daro Fibre Products is renamed Daro Connectivity and Daro Products is renamed Daro Manufacturing Services.
2021
Group buys Watersavers. Specialists in flow rate and pressure monitoring water leak detection solutions, valves & PIR controls, legionella prevention solutions and urinal controls. Fits Daro's key acquisition criteria and has clear identifiable synergies with Daro Group.
2020
Our purpose-built, controlled environment, electrical assembly facility opens.

Daro Aquafides alliance is launched to deliver certified and validated water disinfection solutions to the UK municipal and industrial water treatment markets.

Daro Group is given critical supplier status during the Covid-19 pandemic and remains operational throughout.

Launch of graduate training scheme.

Launch of apprenticeship programme in partnership with West Suffolk College.
2019
Daro Specialist Lighting formed as a platform for expansion and incorporates Light Years Ahead and Light by Design providing an expanded range of products for the custodial and mental healthcare markets.

Daro Technologies is formed as the technology and research & development centre.
2017
Group buys Light Years Ahead – specialist anti-ligature and vandal-resistant luminaires for custodial, mental healthcare and civil sectors.

Group forms new company Daro Fibre Products with industry experts in connectivity for the ever-growing demands of communication networks and takes Group to a team of 45.
2016
Manufacturing Services acquires dedicated stand-alone fabrication and welding facility.
2013
Daro UV Systems moves to a purpose-built production and warehouse facility.
2008
Daro Group established to deal with growing company structure – 25 staff.
2007
Companies accommodate 25,000 ft of production and office space.

Daro UV Systems is established.
2000
Daro Products, a multi-offering manufacturing business, is established from a management buyout of UV Systems that has 10 staff.

The meticulous attention to detail in all of our businesses results in long-term customer relationships, some of whom have remained loyal to us for many decades.

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”

Mattie Stepanek

OUR VISION

Building on many decades of expertise, our vision is to be recognised as the most trusted, agile and responsive partner in the sectors we serve. Embracing continuous improvement, we strive to create a supportive, professional and inspiring environment for all.

OUR MISSION

Investing in our resources to deliver excellence as standard for our customers, our aim is to double gross profit every five years; creating growth opportunities for employees and businesses.

OUR STRATEGY

Integrating decades of design, product and service expertise with a resilient and agile structure to generate sustainable long-term growth in our specialist businesses.

Meet The Team

Mervyn Douglas

Managing Director

Mervyn joined Daro in 2016 bringing 20 years’ experience in business and finance. His role is to lead the strategic direction of Daro, managing continuous investment in resources to enable people, businesses and the group to achieve their long-term objectives.

Sarah Pennock

Sarah Pennock

Head of Group Finance and Human Resources

Sarah is Group head of finance and human resources, overseeing the accounts and a qualified member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountant (CIMA). Since joining Daro in 2004 Sarah’s role has continuously developed to now encompass overseeing group IT, health & safety and property services as well as finance and human resources.

Karen Winter

Head of Marketing

Karen joined the group in 2019 bringing over 30 years’ experience in sales and marketing. Her role is to develop marketing strategies across the group, lead the branding to create consistency whilst maintaining individuality.

Lee McCarthy

Head of Group
Continuous improvement

Lee joined Daro Group in 2020 and with 30 years in the industry brings a wealth of knowledge in the design, manufacture and application of lighting. Utilising his extensive experience in lean manufacturing, Lee is responsible for driving continuous improvement across Daro.

Dave Cheale

Dave Cheale

Head of Compliance and
Quality Assurance

Dave Joined Daro in 2017 as operations manager in connectivity. Prior to that he worked in a number of telecom related companies for 35 years. He brings highly valuable experience in design & production engineering and leads compliance and quality assurance practices for the group.

Jonathan Leech

Head of
European Sales

Jon joined the group in 2020 and brings over 25 years of UV water treatment experience. Jon leads Daro Aquafides, a strategic alliance, delivering certified ultraviolet disinfection solutions to the UK municipal & industrial water treatment markets. As head of European sales, Jon is also responsible for growing international sales across the group and sharing best practice in strategic sales and account management.

Rachel Miles

Finance Assistant and
Business Support

Rachel joined Daro in 2017. In addition to making our customers, suppliers and visitors feel very welcome she assists with the accounts and works closely with all of the business divisions where needed.

Sue Moye

Finance Assistant and
Business Support

As part of the continuous development of the group services, Sue joined Daro to work alongside Rachel, assisting with the accounts and providing additional central support for the business divisions.

To get in touch please contact us on 01787 881191 or email info@darogroup.co.uk