Manchester-based startup, CycleManchester, has opened its doors in Stamford House in Altrincham after receiving a £19k loan from BFS.
CycleManchester brings together Velo Espresso, an artisan coffee shop, with a cycle boutique and a full ecommerce website selling a wide range of cycle related products, from sports nutrition to clothing.
Run by Neil Lee and Marie Lee, the new venture is dedicated to celebrating the history, success and importance of cycling in Greater Manchester, home to the world’s greatest track cycling team and world-class facilities like the Velodrome.
Neil has used the Start Up Loan to invest in a number of new plans to develop the Velo Espresso venue as a hub for cycling enthusiasts across the region.
Neil said: “There was an 88% rise in people commuting by bike in Manchester last year and this seems set to increase even further.
“Getting the Start Up Loan has meant that we have the infrastructure in place to meet a growing demand and grow CycleManchester and Velo Espresso as a destination where cyclists and non-cyclists alike can relax over a coffee, enjoy a healthy lunch, find out about cycling events locally or just chill and watch one of the classic races to be shown on TV this year.
“We will very much be guided by our customers and plan to put CycleManchester at the heart of the cycling community.
“We will be holding evening events, which we hope will engage cyclists at all levels, from basic cycling maintenance to cycle nutrition.“