Council awards Stevenage Business Grant winner
Stevenage Borough Council has chosen the Bike Stop as the winner of its £2,500 Stevenage Business Grant.
Bike Stop is based in Old Town Stevenage and was purchased in 2012 by Martin and Monica Brown. The business is a motorcycle protective clothing and equipment business and a representative in the UK for the Italian Dainese Brand.
As part of their innovation plans and to future-proof their business, Bike Stop introduced a café instore as part of their offering and hold a number of bike events throughout the year, attracting a wide number of visitors to the area, supporting the economic vibrancy of the area.
The business plans to use the grant for investment in a new website with additional software capabilities to continue to increase revenues and support marketing. This would support the business to target additional customers, both locally and nationally. The investment would also support the business with the capability to provide videos to demonstrate technical products and therefore help the business to keep up to date with competitors.
Martin Brown said “we are delighted to have been awarded this Business Grant as it comes at a perfect time to support our new Website and truly advance our Old Town High Street retail experience on-line”
Runners-up in the business awards were We Grow Businesses Ltd, a small business consultancy firm that assists small businesses to grow and become successful. They were awarded £1,500 to support a technology prototype to provide efficiencies and expand the business further.
Stevenage Injury Clinic were also awarded a grant, of £800 to expand their business by taking a further unit at the Business Technology Centre and for marketing to support the introduction of new services.
Businesses across Stevenage were encouraged to compete for the grants and successful applicants were invited to the council to pitch to a panel on how money would support the growth in their business.
Councillor Ralph Raynor, Executive Member for Economy, Enterprise and Transport, said: “Congratulations to all our Stevenage Business Grants winners. We were fully committed to supporting our business community to accelerate growth and succeed and are delighted to support the Bike Stop with their plans to develop their website to grow their business and support the High Street.”
Wendy Gibbs, Growth Account Manager, Hertfordshire Growth Hub said: “It was a pleasure to be part of the judging panel for Stevenage Borough Council grant applications and to hear from some interesting businesses about their plans for growth, which included creating employment opportunities and supporting the local business community, as well as individuals. I wish the applicants every success”.
Caron Kendall, Development Manager, Bedfordshire, Cambridge and Hertfordshire, Federation of Small Businesses, said: "FSB recognises the good that Stevenage Borough Council does by offering this award to local small businesses. Bike Stop is a small business who is taking on challenges of dealing with the changes of customer behaviour in a proactive way whilst ensuring that they have a presence on the high street and helping to continue to make the Old Town of Stevenage as enjoyable destination to visit. They take their responsibility as local employers very seriously by offering opportunities to local young people in terms of employment and work experience, We wish them well".