Friday, 13 November 2015

Why Cycle Tech UK Is NOT A Franchise

People often associate Cycle Tech UK as a franchise as it looks like a franchise, with its branding & national coverage.
In the long term Cycle Tech UK has built this image with its business name on loyalty & support from its Members.

"It's not all about the money" But businessmen will tell you different! Of course you will need to make a living, but if you enjoy what you are doing and offer a great service the money will come!

Working as a network we can achieve that no one can achieve alone!

Cycle Tech UK Is Different
Our Members support each other and are very passionate in what they do.

Cycle Tech UK works because its a cooperative, similar to a franchise without the high fee's associated with a franchise, enabling each mechanic to grow their business successfully. Cycle Tech UK is a large network of independent businesses, that have been supporting each other since 2008. It's helped us get known to the trade for opening trade accounts and our name of trust to the public nationally.

Our business model
  • You are a mechanic and not a number.
  • A business that is in high demand "The Mobile Bicycle Mechanic"
  • A business start up in a box.
  • Low running costs.
  • No royalty fee's.
  • Established name and trade mark - Cycle Tech UK Branding.
  • Group support; Your own business with Cycle Tech UK support.
  • Trade suppliers with key labels & premier pricing (Your own trade accounts)
  • Cycle Tech UK points work your way and you are responsible for booking those jobs in.
  • The customers are yours.
  • Working area, similar to a franchise.
  • An agreement without restrictions, other than working standards. This is in place to keep the good name of Cycle Tech UK and its Members. (Its not one way)

Cycle Tech UK - The Mobile Bicycle Repair Specialist.
 
Cycle Tech UK can also help encourage more people cycling, by being at the heart of cycling.
  • By offering a mobile service with cycling advice.
  • Event support
  • Cycle clinics & Dr Bike's


Why not ask the mechanics themselves? And find out how Cycle Tech UK has helped them.
 
You may also like to read more. How A Franchise Works
 
If you want the freedom of being your own boss but with the support of a national network, working in one of the fastest growing leisure sectors please do get in touch with Martin Wilkins at martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure.


Saturday, 7 November 2015

Mobile Bicycle Mechanic Business - Van & Storage

Buying the right van for your business needs, is the first decision you need to take very seriously.

The mobile workshop is the image of your business, as-well your workshop. That's going to be professional, to tackle all those jobs!

The best advice is; "get the biggest van you can afford" or you will find you soon need to replace it for a bigger one.

Cycle Tech UK Mobile Bicycle Mechanic Businesses.
The Mobile Workshop
What to think about when planning the layout of your van. Basically a bikeshop in the back of a van. For a mobile business:
  • Your working area; do you plan on working inside your van, from the side or from the back? If working inside; then you may conceder a box type van or a van with square sides to maximize your working area. Like a Peugeot boxer. (Its not unusual to have a fleet of 5 or more bikes to work on at any one visit)  
  • Cleaning area for parts/bikes.
  • Storage of your tools, for easy to find & workbench or folding table for stripping down parts and vice.
  • Storage of stock; wheels and tyres, small parts, chains & cassettes, chainsets, derailleurs....
  • Storage of bikes; Bikes that will be taken away to work on and then returned.
  • Display area; for selling accessories, pumps, locks, lights, tyres at cycle events as well as working onsite where customers can view.
  • What will be your main place of work, at customers home/place of work, events, Dr Bike, onsite corporate work, schools?
  • Electrics; lighting, phone charger,
  • Insulation; keeping your stock dry in the cold damp months.
  • Security; alarm, dead locks
  • Awning; for working from the side, with protection from rain and strong sunlight.
  • Sign writing; your van is one of your main ways of advertising.

Working from the side of the van. Tools and workshop parts close by. Parts & accessories on display

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These questions and more can be answered in a meeting or Skype chat.
If you want the freedom of being your own boss but with the support of a national network, working in one of the fastest growing leisure sectors please do get in touch with Martin Wilkins at martin@cycle-tech.co.uk for an information brochure.