Our Story

Our Story

Humble Beginnings

Shadow was born from a Founder with no tech background and curated by a small bunch of hobbyists meeting in our Founder’s attic. Fuelled by our passion for making robots, falling into a business as a prerequisite to fulfilling an order and flourishing through hard work, we got to this moment in time. We love talking about how we started because it’s not your average story! If you’d like to know more, do ask us.


Today We Are…

Still humble and honest with plenty of grit and goodness as Britain’s longest-running robot company.

Our talented engineers are passionate about building next-generation robot systems (autonomous and remote-controlled) with advanced dexterity to help solve challenging problems or provide a meaningful purpose.

We courageous enough to create world firsts and we’re not resting on a “buy off the shelf” approach. We’d much rather get to know your pain points so we can carefully craft and custom-make you one of our robotic systems. There’s ongoing support if needed, but we’ll keep out if you don’t.

You may be a researcher, decision-maker or an employer looking to utilise advanced robotics within your projects, policies or production lines and we’re here to make that happen using our diligence and over two decades worth of smart robot-making expertise.

Contact us to set up an informal meeting, to show you a demo of our products or to help you place an order.

Please note: If you are looking for a corporate bio to use with press and media, feel free to ask us.



We have a strict “robots for good” policy. Sometimes this involves us saying “no, thank you” so that we can take a more positive stand. Each proposal has the eyes of our Directors, and if we don’t like the idea, we won’t do it. Also, we don’t, and never will sell our robots for military use. Before working with us, or for us, we highly recommend a read around the steps we take in maintaining our ethical stance.



We’ve worked with some of the best organisations in the world, including NASA, GSK, Siemens, Google Brain, Hitachi, MIT and Qualcomm, amongst others.


Intellectual Property:

We own the relevant the IP for our products making our offering unique and differentiating in the world of robotics.


Boards & Memberships:

Our Managing Director, Rich Walker, sits on the Innovate UK “Robotics and Autonomous Systems” SIG Advisory Board, which lets him influence the direction the UK takes in robotics in a way that is ethical and makes sense to SMEs and innovators.

Rich is also a Director of euRobotics, and various EPSRC and University networks and committees around robotics, promoting the ethical use of robots within the industry.

Shadow Robot is a member of the WISE campaign, promoting gender balance in science, technology, and engineering, from the classroom to the boardroom.



Head over to our awards page to see our most recent awards including the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.



We play an active role in many collaborative projects, as researcher, developer and end-user.


Hardware Integrators:

We actively partner with hardware integrators and other technology leaders to improve our offering or create world’s firsts. How can we grow together? Contact us with your idea!


Corporate Social Responsibility:

We know our responsibility extends further than robotics. Read more here.


For Locations, Distribution & Shipping:

Head over to our contact page.