A cyclist enthusiast who saw his love of bikes become a business dream is celebrating a boom after starting with a community grant of just £500. Rod Evans from A Mere Cycle in Ellesmere Rod Evans from A Mere Cycle in Ellesmere Rod Evans, owner of A Mere Cycle in Ellesmere, started a mobile cycle repair business in 2016 after receiving a £500 grant from Three Parishes Big Local to help him start-up.
The business went from strength to strength before the pandemic hit and families turned to cycling to enjoy the fresh air, resulting in an unprecedented spike in sales and work.
Three Parishes Big Local – a Big Lottery funded community group which supports the community in Gobowen, Weston Rhyn and St Martins – once again supported Mr Evans, who lives in St Martins, with funding for a website in October as he saw his business grow through the pandemic.
He opened his first shop on Market Street in February 2019 and it underwent a revamp in August last year to cope with the demand in business.
The 43-year-old cycling enthusiast, who decided to start his own business after being made redundant, said he had been overwhelmed with support from the local community of Ellesmere and those who live across the three parishes areas.
“I can’t believe how quickly my business grew – from one man and a van who went around repairing bikes on people’s driveways to having a shop in Ellesmere where I am selling new and used bikes, equipment […]