Dragons Den Blog #1

By |2021-06-29T14:50:26+01:00June 29th, 2021|Dragons' Den, Gary's Blog|

It all started last July with an email from the BBC that went into the spam of our generic email account and almost got deleted. “We are currently in production for the 18th series of Dragons' Den and in the process of auditioning entrepreneurs who ultimately hope to pitch to the Dragons. I came across

Homeworking – Finding The Middle Ground

By |2021-06-28T14:14:27+01:00June 28th, 2021|Gary's Blog|

If anything sums up the ‘new normal’, it’s working from home and there are definite pros and cons. On the plus side, it’s easy to roll out of bed and start work but, on the negative side, it can be hard to put up boundaries to ensure your home remains your home and doesn’t turn

Staycation, Staycation, Staycation

By |2021-06-28T14:13:11+01:00June 28th, 2021|Gary's Blog|

I’ll always remember my first camp out at seven years old, Simon Reed’s back garden. Lemonade, crisps, ghost stories (I still don’t like scary films!)… and the downpour at 3am that had us scrambling out of the tent and into the house. It looks like camping has come along way since then… At OGEL, we

How did you get an idea like that? Part 5

By |2021-06-28T14:12:07+01:00June 28th, 2021|Gary's Blog|

You’ve got to admit it’s getting better… It had always been an aspiration to have all of our main parts manufactured under one roof and reduce the number of suppliers… but we still had two key components that would have to be sourced and bought in: the Dickie Bow Tie and the SED (Strengthener Endcap

How did you get an idea like that? Part 4

By |2021-06-28T14:10:44+01:00June 28th, 2021|Gary's Blog|

Meanwhile in the real world Up to this point we had the design, we’d thought of all the main components and how they interacted and we’d even 3d printed to almost full scale so all we had to do was find someone to make it for us… easy! Actually not so easy… we now began

How did you get an idea like that? Part 3

By |2021-06-28T14:06:53+01:00June 28th, 2021|Gary's Blog|

We’ve only just begun Things were starting to get interesting now. We had solved how to join the pieces sideways, but we still had a lot of other issues to resolve to make our wall work in the real world. Can you join two courses (layers) together and build upwards? Could we make corners? How

How did you get an idea like that? Part 2

By |2021-06-28T14:04:36+01:00June 28th, 2021|Gary's Blog|

The importance of ‘L’ Over a couple of months, we kept revisiting the design ideas drawn up by E3 Design. One of the youngest members of the team, Kev Crulley, had an idea that was basically two ‘L’ shaped ‘halves’ attached together to form an oblong box shape. As it’s a very simple shape, we

How did you get an idea like that? Part 1

By |2021-06-28T14:01:14+01:00June 28th, 2021|Gary's Blog|

Wednesday 4th February 2015 at 3.45pm was the exact point when my life changed. My name is Gary Giles. I was sitting at my desk doing the month end accounts for Wetherby Group when my boss John Chalmers came into the room. He’d just returned from a demonstration in Germany for a new piece of

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