Bike experts social enterprise receive business award at 10 Downing Street

Angela Smith visiting Bikeworks
Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, at Bikeworks

Bikeworks, an East London bike specialist, won this year’s Best New Social Enterprise award for England.

On Wednesday 19th November, Gordon Brown presented the award to the Bikeworks crew at Downing Street.

Trading since 2007, Bikeworks’ business model proved a success and the brand including its services has been expanding quickly into a true community cycling hub. Today they work in partnership with four of the Olympic boroughs in East London, with Primary Care Trusts, and a number of homeless charities.

Dave Miller, co-founder of Bikeworks said,

‘We have achieved a lot in our short history and we believe this award can help Bikeworks move onto the next stage and support plans to scale up and replicate our successful community cycling hub model in other areas so that many more people can benefit from our cycling initiatives. ’

Minister for the third sector Angela Smith visited Bikeworks and commented:

‘They are doing a fantastic job and making a real difference to people in East London, I am really pleased that their hard work is being recognised with a Social Enterprise Award. The Government is keen to ensure that social enterprises have the flexibility to operate in the way that works best for them. So I am particularly pleased to see that this is working for Bikeworks, and enabling Jim and Dave [founders of Bikeworks] to develop their business.’

More about Bikeworks

Based in Tower Hamlets, Bikeworks promote cycling as a sustainable mode of transport and their services include bike recycling and refurbishing, cycle training, different types of maintenance courses, and employment and training opportunities.

They also run a special needs cycling club which was launched with start up funding from Transport for London and the Big Lottery.

Bikeworks needs your vote!

The Social Enterprise Awards are now entering their final phase. Already crowned regional winners, Bikeworks now has the chance to win the overall prize in their category for the UK.

To support Bikeworks you can vote online here until November 30.  The overall winners will be announced on 3rd December.