TWO old school friends who started a bike holiday business together 15 years ago have expanded to create a North East cycling social enterprise.
Paul Snedker and Andrew Straw came up with the idea for The Cycle Hub to promote and encourage cycling around the region.
The pair already run Saddle Skedaddle, with Jill Hetherington from the Cycle Centre in Byker, which arranges both domestic and overseas cycling holidays.
Now that business is relocating to the Newcastle City Council’s Ouseburn Regeneration Centre on Spiller’s Quay, where the new social enterprise is also based.
Mr Snedker said: “The Cycle Hub is an exciting concept that provides a unique meeting place for people interested in cycling regardless of their proficiency.
“We realised there was great potential to work together with like-minded businesses. The hub will rent space to cycling-related businesses and will allow its tenants to develop and grow while offering customers a one-stop shop for their cycling needs.”
In addition to housing Saddle Skedaddle and BikeRight, the hub will also include space for training, hire bikes, bike servicing, and information about cycling.
Paul and Andrew were assisted by senior partner Gordon Brown from Gordon Brown Law Firm throughout the deal. He worked closely with the client and landlord Newcastle City Council.
Mr Brown said: “The Cycle Hub is an innovative idea. Paul and Andrew are very enthusiastic and have excellent contacts within the industry having already successfully launched and run Saddle Skedaddle for 15 years.
“This new facility provides them with an excellent opportunity to expand and grow the business. I wish them every success for the future.”