Comar sponsors charity walk

We sponsored the Bartlow 3 Counties Charity Walk, and received the following letter of thanks:


Dear Emily

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for kindly sponsoring the 2018 Bartlow 3 Counties Charity Walk.  

Your donation was much appreciated and contributed towards an amazing overall sum raised of £18,363.93.  This will be divided between Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, The Linton Health Centre Community Fund and the Bartlow Church Restoration Fund.

There were a record 977 walkers, helped of course by the wonderful weather.

Once again many thanks from all of the walk organisers for your generous support. Please make a note in your diary that next year’s walk will take place on Sunday 5th May 2018!


Anne Fairey
On behalf of the Bartlow walk sponsorship committee.


For more information on the walk and the charities it supports, visit the website


ISO9001:2015 Certification

ISO9001:2015 Certification

Comar Optics has received accreditation for the latest version of ISO 9001, the 2015 standard. ISO 9001 is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. It helps businesses and organizations to be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction. The new version of the standard, ISO 9001:2015, has just been launched this year, replacing the previous version (ISO 9001:2008).

ISO standards are reviewed every five years and revised if needed. This helps ensure they remain useful tools for the marketplace. The challenges faced by business and organizations today are very different from a few decades ago and ISO 9001 has been updated to take this new environment into account. For example, increased globalization has changed the way companies do business and organizations often operate more complex supply chains than they did in the past. In addition, there are increased expectations from customers and other interested parties and, with more access to information, today’s wider society has a stronger voice than ever before. 


Comar team visits London

Comar team visits London


To celebrate a successful 2017, and to introduce the strategy for 2018, the team went to London for a company outing and staff meeting. We learnt a lot, and the key takeaways can be summarized as follows:

  • A 50-seater coach doesn't fit easily into a normal car parking space.
  • Under no circumstances may you take a team photo outside City Hall (or, indeed, any of the 137 acres of council owned area surrounding), unless you a) get written permission from someone-or-other, which takes 48 hours, or b) ask another security guard who clearly had a different brief. 
  • The toilets at the top of the Shard would not be recommended for sufferers of height-induced vertigo.
  • People think you're strange if you use the outside tables at a restaurant if it's windy and <5°C (well, all the restaurants were full, and we were hungry and in a hurry). 

In short, we thoroughly enjoyed it. Here's to a great 2018!


Bag It. Beat It.

Fill bags to fund life saving research 


Comar are supporting British Heart Foundation's annual Bag It Beat It campaign!

The British Heart Foundation collects donated bags of old clothes, toys, and similar resaleable items every September. These items are then sold with profits going to life changing heart research. 

We're please to be supporting the Bag It. Beat It. campaign this year, and so far have collected an astonishing 186 bags. Thanks to all staff, friends and family who have chipped in to help!

How you can help: Hit the button below to see the Bag It. Beat It. website and donate. It's very straightforward!


This isn't all of them!

This isn't all of them!


WALK500 Update

Enhancing the lives of disabled children at Granta School


Our WALK500 Challenge has been a huge success. 

The Aim: The aim was to walk a combined total of 500 miles in one week, and to get sponsors amounting to £500, with the money going to Granta School. For further details on the challenge, click here

The Result: Success! We broke the 500 mile mark a few hours before the deadline, reaching 519 miles, thanks to an exceptional last minute effort by the team. And we raised £588, or just short of £700 including Gift Aid. The final figures can be seen here on the Virgin Money Giving website. 


 - 519 miles walked, £695 raised - 


And Finally: Thank you! Thanks to everyone who made this a success, staff and donors alike. We appreciate all the support we have received, and are glad to be able to help raise funds for Granta School. 

The WALK500 Challenge

Enhancing the lives of disabled
children at Granta School. 


Sponsor TeamCOMAR on the WALK500 Challenge! 

The Challenge: The challenge we're setting ourselves is to walk or run 500 miles (combined) in 7 days.  With a team of just 23 this means on average we all have to achieve 22 miles, however some of us are not too fit so in reality some of our fittest team members will have to achieve in excess of 40 miles within the week.

The Cause: Our goal is to raise £500 for Granta School in Linton.  Granta School is a state special school for students that have a wide range of disabilities and special needs.  Some are super active but have a learning disability, some are autistic, some use a wheelchair to get around and some have chronic illnesses.  What they all have in common is that they love getting stuck into exciting activities and they often need a great deal of support to enable them to do this.  Granta School is looking to renew the playground and 100% of the funds Team COMAR raise will go towards this important project.

How you can help: Hit the button below to sponsor us!




We set up a GoPro to take a time-lapse sequence of the night shift. The camera was set up to take 1 photo every minute, from around 6pm to 8am the next morning. The photos were then put into a video sequence. Some things to look out for:

  • the sunset/sunrise

  • the lenses in the tray

  • the fudge!

  • the shift change

  • the head of the angle-poise lamp

  • the second hand of the clock