Bring Your Dog To Work – Introducing Skye

Meet Skye the Border Collie, one of the latest members of A&D Door Systems. She was introduced to staff at the company headquarters in Manchester by MD Barry Knowles and quickly became a welcomed member of the team. Skye has shown outstanding potential in a number of key areas within the business. As a result has been given several important roles:

Head of Entertainment (she does lots of tricks).

Head of  Shredding Paper.

Chief Chair Warmer.

Head of Security.

Plus being in charge of emptying bins and rounding up the engineers.

A&D are one of a growing number of companies in the UK who see the benefits of bringing a dog to work and the positive effects they can have on the workforce. Research has shown that having a dog in the office can have a beneficial effect on well being, happiness and improve job satisfaction.  We can vouch for this, especially during stressful periods.  For 25 years A&D’s ethos has been to provide exceptional customer service and we will never compromise on this.  Inevitably sometimes the atmosphere can get a little stressful.  Especially when we put pressure on ourselves to fulfil our commitments. Regardless of what’s going on Skye can really lift the mood just when we need it, she’s always cheerful and non judgemental.  She’s a true friend to everyone, customers and staff alike. 

How does Skye benefit from being in the office?

Known for their intelligence, Border Collies like Skye require both physical and mental stimulation.  Dogs are also highly sociable animals and love to be included in daily activities.  Through being in a busy office, plus socialising with staff and customers, Skye gets ample opportunity to have physical and mental stimulation.  The team are also encouraged to take her for a walk which benefits both human and dog! Plus she gets lots of love and attention too.  Let’s not forget the added benefit of the generous income she receives – loads of dog treats and biscuits!  


We feel having an office dog such as Skye is an important part of our family approach to business.  Putting our customers first is also a big priority here at A&D.  Therefore please do not hesitate to contact us if you need general advice or information about doors, shutters and our other services.  We are available on 0161 926 8772 or send an enquiry here

Providing Emergency Door and Shutter Repairs Is A Necessity

As providers of emergency door and shutter repairs we sometimes come across damage caused by burglaries.  A burglary of any premises, whether it is a home or a commercial property is something none of us want to experience. Unfortunately it happens all too often! UK Crime Statistics logged 34,000 break-ins between July 2017 – August 2018.

Swift repairs to doors and shutters is a priority

A commercial and industrial premises is particularly vulnerable after a break in, especially if it happens in the middle of the night. Our primary concern at A&D Door Systems is to secure the building as quickly as possible, this provides security and limits damage to trade and further pillaging.  With our 24/7, 365 days a year emergency repair service, customers never have to wait long for vital repairs.  And we certainly don’t want to let our customers down, at a time when they really need help.

Implementation of effective planning and strategy

Much thought has been put into providing strategies that use our knowledge and the latest technology, to ensure that every emergency situation can be dealt with effectively, and efficiently, whether it be day or night. With over 20 years experience in the industry, we have built good relationships with suppliers and manufacturers. This enables us to get the correct equipment supplied and fitted quickly.

Versatility and meeting a customer’s needs

Having well thought out plans doesn’t mean a lack of versatility.  A situation can sometimes require a new course of action.  A great example was when we got a call at 4am from a worried customer.  A ram raid had caused considerable damage to a sectional door,  leaving the building in a vulnerable position. An A&D engineer immediately went to the site, in South Manchester.  It took just 2 hours to initially make it secure.  The customer however wanted to replace the sectional door with a roller shutter and with the added benefit of anti-ram raid protection, so we advised fitting some heavy duty steel ram raid bars across all entrances. Getting the parts in good time could have been a problem. However because of our connections in the business, we were able to get all the parts required.

 The engineers then returned and within a day had fitted new shutters, bespoke heavy duty ram raid bars and locks.  The result:

  • One happy customer
  • A premises with increased security  
  • No disruption to trade
  • Guaranteed, insured work at a reasonable price.



 Need emergency door and shutter repairs, or general advice, we are available on 0161 926 8772 or contact us here

Maintenance Programmes For Shutters And Doors

Why is maintaining your shutters and doors so important?

Scheduled preventative maintenance programmes helps to alleviate the problem of having unexpected emergencies. Even with the most robust doors and shutters, things can and do go wrong.  The majority of problems being due to unchecked wear and tear.

A&D have specialised in the business of industrial and commercial doors and shutters for 25 years.  We have seen first hand the frustration and sometimes panic people feel when they have to seek emergency repairs, especially if customers and staff can’t enter or exit a premises. Or a building is left vulnerable to theft and vandalism.

Very often there is a financial cost to a company if trade is disrupted.  Preventing a problem occurring  is always more cost effective because it minimises risk.  So while it might be tempting to simply fix the problem when it arises, this can prove very disruptive and much more costly in the long-run.

The benefits of regular shutter and door maintenance?

  • Early detection of a problem minimises the risk of emergency repairs and therefore the expense of call outs.
  • Prolongs the life of doors & roller shutters.  Replacements are needed less frequently, again cutting costs.
  • Regular maintenance ensures security is maintained.
  • Potential dangerous problems can be identified and rectified, therefore minimising the risk of accidents.

Why choose our preventative maintenance programmes?

1. Quality and value

We want to build trustworthy relationships, that’s why our preventative maintenance programmes provide the best service possible. We pride ourselves on quality, while providing the most competitive prices for our customers. 

2. Highly skilled engineers

All maintenance checks are conducted by highly skilled factory trained engineers. Who have extensive knowledge and experience of the different range of doors and shutters, as a result we can offer maintenance contracts to cover a broad range of doors and shutters.

3. Customers are individuals

We’re not a ‘one size fits all’ company and so view every customer as an individual.  Our preventative maintenance plans are therefore based on your businesses needs and operational requirements of doors and roller shutters.

4. Maintenance documentation and policies

As members of the CITB, FSB and being CHAS and Safe Contractor accredited, we adhere to the Code Of Best Practice and British Standards. Therefore we provide full maintenance records and policies as proof of servicing to all our customers. Which will help you comply with legal requirements. Plus we provide the added benefit that all our work is fully insured and guaranteed.



If you would like to know more about our maintenance programmes, or to get a free quote then please click the link HERE

or Call now on 0161 926 8772 

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