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Created on 13/07/2016 @ 19:40
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When it comes to entrepreneurship, Montgomeryshire-based graduate Rupert Harvey-Scholes is already well versed in running a business, having set up and sold one while studying at University in Oxford.

Now, 23-year-old Rupert from Berriew, near Welshpool, and his business partner George Hosegood are breaking into the cycle storage sector with one of the UK’s most secure cycle parking products designed for public and private developments.

Their brainchild is Turvec, a company specialising in the supply of secure, space-creating cycle parking and storage products for integration into new property developments, from housing and apartments to offices and shopping centres, as well as public areas such as town centres, car parks and colleges.

“With the increase in cycling for recreation, fitness and commuting there has been growing demand for secure cycle racks and storage systems not just in public places but within existing housing and commercial developments as well as within new builds,” said Rupert.

“At Turvec we are not only providing products that make the theft of bikes secured within such racks and storage almost impossible, but we’re providing the complete solution from initial planning to installation. That means we can work with architects and specifiers on new builds, as well as with existing property owners who want to install such products as a service for tenants or the public.” 

With mentoring and advice through the Severn Valley (SV) Effect, Rupert is already driving their business forward with new ideas with the objective of becoming the UK’s number one supplier of secure bicycle parking and storage facilities.

The SV Effect provides a team of local “volunteer” business people and entrepreneurs who give up their own time to help others starting a business or already running one by providing specific support in areas such as design, retail, manufacturing, sales and marketing.

Rupert and George’s products range from classic bicycle stands, as seen in town centres, to high-capacity racking systems. However, their advantage is that they have secured the UK and Ireland rights to distribute the Dutch designed products and they have already had accreditation under the UK’s Secure by Design official police security initiative, making their systems one of the most secure in the country.

For Rupert it’s a second run at business. While at university he and business partner George set up an events management business.

“It was a successful business but we never expected to sell it. We just thought we’d leave university and it would quietly exit with us, but we were approached by someone who owned a couple of venues across the city and was keen to maintain the brand,” said Rupert.

The SV Effect has provided him with mentoring from its volunteer resource group made up of local business people from the Severn Valley on a range of issues.

“By providing mentoring from some local business people through the SV Effect we are helping Rupert to develop new ideas for the development of the business, as well as advice on running it,” said Mary Tudor, SV Effect Facilitator.

“They have a great product and are already taking it to market in the UK with some positive responses from building developers as well as existing sites within the public and private sectors. It’s an exciting time for them and it’s another way we’re helping support a local person to develop their business idea and growth.”

The SV Effect was set up two years ago by local people in the Severn Valley in north Powys with support from the Welsh Government, Powys County Council and Sirolli Institute.

It originally had funding until the end of March this year which was extended until August due to its success. It is currently seeking to extend the project for a further three years due to demand and following a public consultation in April.

More details about the SV Effect can be found at www.sveffect.co.uk.  Information about turvec can be found at www.turvec.com.

 

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