BikeBiz May 2013, issue 88 03/05/2013
The May edition of BikeBiz magazine is now found online and it's a bit of a manufacturing special, with the likes of Park Tool, Ely upstart Quella and ten of our most prolific domestic producers weighing in to a three page special.
The magazine begins with a round up of the month's distribution deals, as well as a newly introduced round up of UK bike shop openings - no doubt handy if you're a rep out on the road.
Next up, the CTC's chief executive Gordon Seabright explains why the charity decided to introduce an elite women's cycling team in our monthly guest column.
Ahead of our page 60 distributor round up of the who carries what nutrition products, we quiz some industry experts on the effect of introducing VAT to the product, among other challenges facing the market.
Following on page 14, the 2013 BikeBiz Awards are announced, with four new categories celebrating training, retail services, advocacy and non-specialist media announced.
You've no doubt heard of Suarez by now and on page 17 we get to know a bit more about the Colombian clothing label looking to stir up the market for elite cycling garments.
Mystery Shopper tours Salisbury in this edition (page 18), visiting four of the town's bike stores and heaping praise upon two of those.
Flick the page and you'll find merchandising Mercedes Ross once again sharing her expertise on store presentation.
On page 23 BikeBiz has been handed an early preview of the 2013 Cycle Show's ambitions for another year at the NEC.
For those selling scooters, iSkute share their thoughts on the future of the business on page 25.
Over the page on 27, we have one of the must-reads of the month, which details ten UK manufacturing success stories. BikeBiz spoke at length with the likes of Enigma, Hope, Brompton, Fibrax, USE, Crud and several others about the sacrifices and the rewards of homegrown product manufacture.
Raleigh scoop Haibike talk about growing their UK market presence and high-end carbon on page 33.
Another of the month's manufacturing success stories, Park Tool, currently celebrating 50 years in business, are interviewed on page 35.
Overleaf, Quella discusses building bikes in an Ely chicken shed, a deal with Halfords and working with local businesses to give their bikes a little something extra.
Having just opened a Harlow-based trade counter, Ansmann Energy details their wider operation on page 39. If you're looking for electric bike stock, give them a call on 0870 609 2233 to arrange a visit.
Beyond that the magazine's regular articles on the electric and outdoors markets, people and recruitment, a dealer profile with Highway Cycles and many others conclude a busy issue. To have a read, click here.
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