Cheltenham product design firm shortlisted for FSB award


A Cheltenham-based product design firm has been shortlisted for a Federation of Small Business (FSB) award for product innovation.

Duku has been shortlisted for the South West Region FSB Awards in the Business Product & Innovation category after being featured on his innovative work on electric vehicle (EV) chargers and accessibility.

The annual awards celebrate the work of small businesses across the UK and judges, according to the FSB, will be looking for examples of breakthrough innovation in this category.

“It’s always good to be recognized by third parties, so we’re delighted to have been shortlisted for our work on the world’s first retractable electric vehicle charging stations,” said Duku director Andrew Aylesbury.

“We worked with several expert partners on projects to design, develop and test these pop-ups, and the technology we helped create is already deployed in Dundee. This success follows the trials we conducted in Oxford. and builds on our learning.”

Last year, Duku won a £20million tranche of funding to help bring the world closer to zero-emission electric vehicles, one of 31 projects funded by the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEM) in partnership with Innovate UK.

Duku worked with mobility consultancy Urban Foresight, focusing on developing a new EV charging station design that will be more accessible to older or disabled drivers. They worked with Dundee City Council to explore and test prototype designs.

Mr Aylesbury added: “We believe passionately that electric vehicles have a vital role to play in helping the UK reduce its carbon emissions. We are proud to be working in this area because it is absolutely the right thing to do. do for us – but it would be great to also gain external recognition for our achievements.”

The winners of the South West regional awards will be announced at a special ceremony this week.

For more information about Duku, visit, call 01242 697666 or email [email protected]


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