Hillside Product Design Limited offer a complete design for manufacturing service, making ideas a reality and guiding clients from initial concept to marketplace-ready product. We can help you whether you’re a large corporation, SME, new technology start-up, or entrepreneur.

Hillside Product Design is guided by director Chris Howsam, who founded the company in 2003, after a product design consultancy career spanning nearly twenty years and during which time he accumulated a unique blend of visual, practical and technical expertise. He is supported by a team of design and engineering experts who all share a passion for creating innovative and successful products.

How do I know if my idea is feasible?

Before investing time and money in any development it is a really good idea to determine if your idea is do-able. A risk assessment can highlight safety issues you may not have thought of, and allows you to demonstrate that you have fulfilled your obligation to sell a safe product. A feasibility study can help you define your product design specification and identify commercial factors for you to address. For more information, click here.

How do I get a prototype made of my product?

With over 50 years of combined experience of a huge range of prototyping techniques, we can produce prototypes which range from basic blocks to facsimiles of the real thing. This enables testing of the product design, marketing activities, and consumer feedback before you commit to production. Click here.

How much will it cost to turn my idea into a product?

Design costs of a project from first sketch to sign off of production samples vary widely as they are dependent on the complexity of the design brief. Design costs are typically one of the smaller costs of bringing a product to market. Tooling costs also vary dependant on the size, number and complexity of components. An effective marketing campaign could be the largest cost in launching a new product. We can help you to understand the cost implications and feasibility of a project. Contact us to find out how.

What is the product design process?

The design process varies from project to project, as no two products are the same. However, a typical project will start with a review of the idea to make sure it is viable and then once funding and protection is in place the design process can start. This starts with sketching which progresses 3D CAD models and prototypes, followed by producing data files ready for manufacturing.

Can I increase the profitability of my existing product?

If you or your team is repeatedly treading the same ground, Hillside Product Design can offer a fresh perspective and inspire new ideas which could turn into great products. We can help to reinvigorate and increase your margin for current products. Find out what we can do for you.

How do I protect my idea?

If you have an idea that nobody else has thought of, there are a number of different types of protection for Intellectual Property (IP). We have excellent links with trusted and experienced IP attorneys in several specialisms who can help you gain the right protection. A DIY patent is not the best approach and can do more harm than good. It is important to seek expert legal advice!

How do I get my product manufactured?

Whatever the budget for tooling, required production quantities and preferred country of manufacture we work very closely with our clients and manufacturing partners to determine the optimum manufacturing solution to meet the demands of the project.

Where can I get help to fund my idea?

Funding and tax relief could be available whether you are an individual with an idea or an established business. The government and its associated bodies are very keen to promote innovation and product development and there are various funding opportunities out there to consider, as well as tax relief schemes for fledgling companies. Read more on possible funding opportunities and how to access them here.

How long will it take to get my product to market?

A typical product development process can take anywhere between 3 and 9 months, yet some can be fast tracked in a matter of weeks. This is of course dependant on complexity and breadth of research and development, manufacturers’ lead-times, production of tooling, and certification. To find out more, why not arrange a call-back? Or find out more about a 6 month project case study.

What kind of products have you designed?

Hillside Product Design's extensive portfolio encompasses products for the home, workplace, retail and distribution environments, roadside, agriculture and even the production lines of major aerospace manufacturers. The chances are that you have used, seen or own one of the products we have designed; whether it is injection moulding 3 million units, or investment casting a 1-off, we can help. Take a look at our portfolio and see for yourself.

What do I need to do?

You should have a good understanding of your market and your prospective customers. The more information you can provide at the start of the project, the more efficient the project process will be for you. As a full service consultancy we can help you every step of the journey or alternatively at certain stages such as visualising your product or preparing your design ready for manufacturing.

My question is not here

We are happy to answer any question you may have, so please do not hesitate to get in touch.