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Ladder specialist Henchman wins two design awards

23 February 2024
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Garden ladder specialist, Henchman, has been crowned a double winner at the European Product Design Awards.

The Melksham firm won the award for its new Fully Adjustable Tripod Ladder and Henchman Lifting Harness.

Created and produced in partnership with Tone Product Design, the innovations topped the “Outdoor Equipment” category after being hailed by judges for their precision engineering, high-quality finish, usability and functionality.

Following a redesign of its Tripod Ladder last summer, the new and improved Fully Adjustable Tripod Ladder is the only of its kind on the market to be certified to EN131 standards.

It features three individually adjustable legs with extra wide feet, patent-pending hedge-proof locking pins and a platform with guardrail, allowing users to work wobble and hands-free at height. Available in both standard and Pro ranges, the ladders range from 5ft to 16ft.

Owen Simpson, managing director of Henchman, commented on the win: “We’re absolutely delighted to have received not one, but two awards in the European Product Design Awards. We’re committed to providing our customers with innovative, high-spec equipment that allows them to work safely, and these products do just that, with precision engineering and structural excellence at the core of both designs.

“This year marks Henchman’s 30th anniversary, so what better way to kickstart a year of celebrations than by receiving such a fantastic accolade for both of our latest product launches.”

Now in its fourth year, the European Product Design Awards were created to recognise and honour the expertise of international product and industrial designers who strive to improve people’s daily lives with practical and well-thought-out creations.


Stephen Emerson is the Managing Editor of The Business Magazine and is responsible for the publication's print publications and online properties including the newly launched Biz News websites in Hampshire and Dorset.

Stephen has been a journalist for 20 years and has worked at local, regional and national publications and led a team which made The Scotsman website one of the fastest growing news sites in the UK with over eight million monthly users.

He has a keen interest in technology, property and corporate finance and telling the stories of the people behind the successful firms in these sectors.

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