As part of a DHL management development programme, Aaron Thomas and Denny Hulme were paired up and tasked with thinking of products that could potentially disrupt the transportation industry in the UK. Their idea: to generate extra energy for trucks through solar panels on their roofs. They worked with UK trailer manufacturer Don-Bur and a solar panel provider in Silicon Valley to produce a prototype, presented the idea to their management team, and were selected for the firm’s incubator start-up programme. Set up as a limited company in 2018, Trailar uses cutting-edge solar technology, applied to commercial vehicles, to reduce their fuel consumption and emission. The Oldham-based firm employs 34 people and sold more than 1,000 units across five continents in its first year.