Its CycleRecycle`s 3rd Birthday
By CycleRecycle, May 1 2014 11:00AM
Its our Birthday!! Three years ago we opened our CycleRecycle store in Kessingland.
They say `time flies when you are having fun`, and it has certainly flown by.
with an estimated 1 in 5 businesses failing in the first year. Our goal when we opened our shop was to still be trading after 12 months.
With as many as 44% failing in the first 3 years, reaching our third birthday is a big deal for us here at CycleRecycle.
So here are some of the highlights of our first few 3 years in business, and where we have come from.
It all started here, behind the sofa, with bins of parts all destined to sell via ebay.
Our first lock up garage, to store the bikes and parts as the business began to grow
CycleRecycle, first day of opening, 1st May 2011
Refit of the shop, in August 2011. Recycled slatboard, and the counter was (and still is) and upturned divan bed
Blood, sweat and tears went into the refit of the shop, with the only cost being new screws
and finally, after a week of hard work, the refit was complete.
CycleRecycle in December 2011
Our first hire fleet, ready & raring to go
Team CycleRecycle compete in the 2012 Dusk til Dawn race in thetford
CycleRecycle winning Start-up business of the year for our local area
The East Anglian Daily times wrote an article on CycleRecycle, following our award
In January 2013 our online store went live
April 2013 we featured in the Guardian Newspaper, and Guardian online
In January 2014 we overtook our Major Uk competitors on Twitter
February 2014 our new company vehicle arrived
In April 2014 we began providing on-site cycle hire at `The Hollies`, `Kessingland Beach` and `Beeston Regis` Holiday Parks
So thats an overview of the last three years of CycleRecycle. In that time we have kept over 1500 bicycles out of landfill. and the still have the same ideals that we had on the first day we opened.
1. Keep Bikes out of landfill
2. Promote Cycling
3. Save our customers money
For the future, we have big plans to expand CycleRecycle nationally, and grow the cycle hire side of the business.
More importantly none of this would have happened if it wasnt for some special people who have helped along the way. Gareth Leer, who helped me for a week with the refit of the shop, listened to my rants, and does all our photography. Rodrigo Monteiro, whose help is always appreciated, and always has a smile on his face.- thank you
Also, a big thank you to you. Our followers, our likers, and our customers, who without you none of this would have happened. Thank you