Sunday, 27 January 2013

Trade Day at Core

This years trade day meeting at Core. Was Mike, MoMarkBobChris and Martin, Good day as always and great food.

Chris trying Campagnolos EPS 
Training day; Contact me for arranging a training day for EPS 

Stan's No Tubes
Tip; When using Stan's tape, clean rim with wet & dry to give a key for the sticky tape, on MTB wheels do not inflate over 40 psi. Road wheels rape tape around twice. 

KMC quick links
TIP; When ordering 7 and 8 speed take note that Shimano and Sram are not compatible (Different pin size) 

Mike's sign written van

Thursday, 24 January 2013

What If Money Was Not An Issue?

I am often asked; "What do I gain from helping people with their dream of starting their own mobile bike business?"  It's more about sharing what I am passionate about, by offering that gift and by doing what I enjoy, I will make enough money to live happy.

I really THINK that working on something you really believe in. Offering, sharing your unique gifts and talents, your LOVE to the world has value.

What would you like to do if money were no object? How would you really enjoy spending your life?
If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time.

What if money were not an issue and you were able to do the things you love doing, the things you are really passionate about and live life without fear or regret?

What if you had the courage to say NO to a job you don’t like, and maybe hate, and YES to following your dreams and going after what you love doing?

View the short video 'What if Money didn't matter:

Monday, 21 January 2013

Payments By Text, Replace Payment By Cheque For Small Businesses

By the start of next year, every bank customer in the country may have the ability to transfer cash between bank accounts, using an app on their mobile phone. Barclay's became the first bank to launch an app for its own customers. As Mobile phones have become an essential part of our everyday life, the technology has grown significantly over the past decade and mobile phones have many uses from taking photos to banking. 

Having your customers know you except this form of payment, will be positive move to the susses of your business. Contacting customers with a email news letter early in 2014, letting them know your payment details and how easy it will be. 

It will be interesting to see if there will be any charges for businesses excepting this payment! 
End of the cheque?
"The banking industry denies that this is all a cunning plan to ensure the demise of the cheque. An outcry from MPs and consumer groups last year forced the banks into a highly embarrassing U-turn. After planning to phase out the use of cheques by 2018, the banks had to promise to keep accepting them, more or less in perpetuity. But about 25% of all cheques are written by individuals to pay other people, credit card bills, businesses such as tradesmen, and regular bills. If these payments switch wholesale to ones triggered by mobile phones, cheque use could drop even faster than before."

UK mobile users will be able to send and receive money by sharing only their phone number by spring 2014, the Payments Council has said.
Account owners will be asked by their banks if they want to opt-in to a database that will allow the sending of money by text message.
Its launch will bring the UK up to speed with technology long in use in the developing world.
Mobiles in the UK are already being used for a variety of online banking tasks, with services such as Barclay's PingIt simplifying sending money to and from accounts.
But this new set-up will be the first to not require users to set-up a separate account with a mobile wallet service. Account holders who do not wish to have their details in the database will be able to refuse - only customers who opt-in will be signed up. "The scheme will be administered by the Faster Payments service which processed more than 800 million online and phone banking transactions in 2012 - and the Link network, which processed 3.1 billion cash machine withdrawals last year."
Joined-up accounts
The system will mean people can send and receive money to others by sharing just their mobile number, rather than having to swap other details such as sort code or account number. However, the Payments Council said a passcode or similar security measure would ensure the system could not be abused. Also, banks will have the ability to remotely disable accounts suspected of misuse. The limits regarding how much money could be transferred with the service would be put in place, but that the amount had not yet been decided. Research would be conducted to make sure the limit represented a blend of "convenience and security", 
The Payments Council is working on getting the remaining financial institutions who are not yet involved in the project on board.
The eight institutions already backing the service are:
  • Barclays
  • Cumberland Building Society
  • Danske Bank
  • HSBC
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Metro Bank
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Santander

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Start-up - Tips and Hints to get your Bike Business To The Top‏

Managing Director and Founder of Cycle Tech UK Martin Wilkins has been blogging - and we think you might be interested in what he has been saying!

Martin has been sharing the lessons he has learned and the challenges he has faced whilst building Cycle Tech UK. Martin is here to help you succeed. He want's to make sure you know what to do if you are faced with the same obstacles we've met, to help you plan ahead and stop anything from standing in the way of making your business amazing.
If you haven't already come across these articles, please do have a look: 

Starting a mobile bicycle repair business

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Corporate Business Start-Up In Bicycle Repairs & Team Building

As cycling to work continues to grow, with London outnumbering the rest of the UK, as more and more people are turning to cycling, as they are all finding the added benefits of:

  • Fitness
  • Avoiding public transport
  • Going green
  • Reduce pressure on parking

Now is a good time to start a new business, with corporate business opportunities, making the workplace more cycle friendly and having companies signed up to your business model offering the following services.

  • On-Site bicycle servicing by visiting a corporate workplace 
  • Combining corporate team building with learning bicycle maintenance and safety
  • Valeting service
  • Technical support for corporate cycling events
  • Secure & safe bicycle parking facilities
  • New bikes & equipment saving TAX through the Cycle to Work scheme
  • Cycle hire, cycle fleet or pool bikes
  • Travel planning & cycle routes 
  • Incentives to encourage and assist staff to start cycling to work 
  • Launch Workplace BUG (Bicycle User Group) to maintaining the enthusiasm  
  • Low cost measures to make cycling to work easier for their employees
  • Cycle training, learn the skills for cycling on the UK's roads though Bikeability 
  • Keeping track and monitoring how well a company is encouraging cycling in to the workplace

With our large network of members operating in most areas of the UK, we are an ideal partner to allow you to launch a nationwide service. Cycle Tech UK can provide a complete servicing package for you and are happy to design a service with you to suit your needs. Cycle Tech UK operate under our own brand but we are happy to provide services for other brands. All Cycle Tech UK need from you is a realistic business model, and by that Cycle Tech UK mean one where Cycle Tech UK are able to offer our professional service at our normal rates - Cycle Tech UK are giving you a way to get your business off the ground, Cycle Tech UK don't expect to have to give you money as well! If you need Cycle Tech UK to be offering a low priced deal to make your business plan work, then you have failed at the first hurdle, it is not in our interests to subsidise other people's dream business! Our rates are visible to the public, but where there are activities such as day clinics or support services you would need to contact us as your idea of what is needed may not be the same as our view based on several years of offering these services. Where there is travelling involved, we need to recover vehicle costs and time spent travelling which is time not spent earning money fixing bikes. Don't be put off though, the bike industry is growing massively and there is plenty of room for different approaches to delivering bike maintenance to ensure customers a safe and enjoyable ride.

Cycle Tech UK can offer you a package to help your new business of the ground, saving you time and money by supplying you the inside knowledge to run a successful business to corporate clients:

  • On-site requirements
  • Risk assessments
  • Service check sheet & report
  • Teaching notes and materials 
  • Pricing 
  • Insurance
  • Agreement
  • Where to find funding

If you like to know more or like to arrange a meeting please email me today:

If you are a corporate organisation that has interest for this service please view our website for more information