Name shop: Rampfest Indoor Skate Park Location: Melbourne, Australia Years in business: 10 years open, I’ve owned it for the last 5 years (I’m the 3rd owner of the park) Employees: 8-10
I want to add a little preface to this - we aren’t a pure BMX Shop - we’re an indoor skate park mainly, with a shop attached to it. The park has been around for 10 years, I’ve owned if for the last 5. It always had a shop attached, but since my own thing is BMX, I guess the BMX Shop side just grew naturally since I’ve been there. So I think my take on local scene, retail etc is a little bit different to most.
Did you ever go to school to learn how to run a BMX business or did you just 'send it'? Rampfest: I started in business pretty small - got involved with running events for my local council,
Peaty’s Products has announced that Martin Murray who previously worked at Fisher Outdoor Leisure and Greenover Sports, will be joining the brand as commercial director from 1st February. Murray previously spent 15 years with Fisher Outdoor Leisure as head of sales and has also worked at Greenover Sports as director of bikes.
Steve Peat said: “Martin and myself go way back as he used to race BMX with my wife so we’ve been friends for over 20 years. To be honest, I’ve always thought he was a weapon! He’s a good kind of weapon though and definitely one you want with you as we build Peaty’s." He continues: “Tom, Bryn and myself have been able to build the brand to a certain size over the last 18 months but having Martin join us as commercial director will free up lots of things so we can concentrate on product
Name shop: BMX24SEVEN.COM Location: Boxmeer, Netherlands Years in business: Since April 1st 2000 (almost 19 years) Employees: 5 fulltime and 3 parttime
Your shop must be the biggest BMX shop I've ever seen. How big is it exactly so we can see if it is in fact the biggest BMX-only shop in the world? BMX24SEVEN: I think we are, or at least come close to, one of the biggest BMX Race shops in the world. We have a 550 m2 showroom, 108m2 workshop, 1045 m2 Warehouse and 44m2 office space. We share the building with Meybo Bikes and their distribution centre.
What bike brands do you carry next to your own brand Meybo Bikes? BMX24SEVEN: We have all the products in the showroom and website that we distribute through Meybo Distribution which is Meybo, Free Agent, Yess, Speedco, StayStrong, Box components, Answer,
Head Sport, the Austrian firm best known for its skis and tennis rackets, has acquired Advanced Sports Enterprises (ASE), the parent of Performance Bicycle and cycling brands including Fuji, SE Bikes, Kestrel, and Breezer, for $21.5 million at a bankruptcy auction. Advanced Sport Enterprises, parent to BMX brand SE Bikes, as well as other marquee brands in the cycling industry, such as Fuji and Kestral, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on November 16. The company was heavily invested in retail, via its Performance Bicycle shops, which operated in 19 states, with over 100 locations. The retail bicycle business is definitely not what it used to be– and that, coupled with being admittedly undercapitalized, led to the circumstances that precipitated the filing.
Last week, an auction was held in order to sell off key assets of ASE, which reported liabilities of over
Name shop: 360 Grad Sportshop Location: Lohhof/Munich, Germany Years in business: 28! years Employees: 3
What was the reason for you to start a BMX shop? 360 Grad Sportshop: In 1990 there was no real BMX shop in the Munich area no more. As my friends and me were still riding and always needed spare parts, I started to order a bunch of spare parts, so we didn’t have to wait to get them via mailorder. As I was never really into working a regular (and boring) job, the idea of opening my own BMX store became more and more interesting. In 1991 I started the
Luxemburg-based Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) has fully acquired Freecaster, an online video service provider specialised in production and streaming of content. The transaction closed on 1 January 2019 with Raymond Dulieu remaining the CEO of Freecaster.
With this acquisition, BCE strengthens its production capabilities and furthermore expands its footprint in the live and on-demand streaming of content. Chief Executive Officer of BCE, says: “At BCE we have already developed advanced online video solutions for the market. These will be complemented by the know-how and recent developments of Freecaster which allow us to strengthen our offers and accelerate the development of our non-linear portfolio,” said Frédéric Lemaire, CEO of BCE.
“Since May 2018, BCE has successfully collaborated with Freecaster in live-streaming of events such as The Spot (the international sport innovations event) and the Montreux Volley Masters. I am looking forward to taking our collaboration to the next level and offering even more targeted and high-tech solutions to our clients.”
Raymond Dulieu, CEO of Freecaster, added: “Over the past 15 years Freecaster has grown from being the leading global extreme sports video platform to becoming a live 4K video production and streaming service provider to fashion houses, music festivals and broadcasters. Integrating within BCE will reinforce the company from a managerial, financial and technical point of view. It will also allow Freecaster to further offer its customers the high-end support and level of customisation they have
Box Components, a growing and committed company in the BMX and MTB industries, announced today that Bill Roberts-Ross has been appointed Sales Manager effective January 7, 2019. Bill and his team will continue to drive the company's mission to connect man and machine, driving domestic and international customer acquisitions.
Box is in a period of global expansion and looking to grow its sales force in North America and Europe. "Bill is ideally suited to lead our domestic and international sales based on his deep industry knowledge, outstanding track record, and his commitment to customer success," said Toby Henderson, President of Box Components. "Bill's broad experience provides him with the necessary
The USA Cycling Board of Directors has named Rob DeMartini as president and chief executive officer of USA Cycling. DeMartini joins the organization from New Balance Athletics, Inc. where he spent the last 12 years as president and CEO. He will begin his new position in February 2019. “Our entire Board and management team enthusiastically welcome Rob as our new CEO. His passion and ambition for both the future of USA Cycling and our sport is inspiring. He also brings the proven leadership, commercial skills and resources to elevate USA Cycling and to do more for our members, partners and athletes,” said Bob Stapleton, USA Cycling Chairman of the Board.
During his time at New Balance, DeMartini accomplished one of the highest periods of growth in the athletic footwear and apparel industry, driving the company from $1.5 billion annual revenue in 2007 to $4.4 billion in 2018. He led the expansion of international sales and guided the brand as it regained its position as a leader in specialty running while also focusing on cultivating company culture.
“As I join USA Cycling, I look forward to working closely with Chuck Hodge (chief of racing and events)
Name shop: Source BMX Location: Hastings, UK Years in business: 16 years in March 2019 Employees: 54 including part time and everyone at the Source Park and Café.
What was the reason for you to start a BMX shop? Source BMX: It was a combination of not having a shop serving BMX shop in our area (they had all closed) and my brother and me looking for something to do. It was just a random set of circumstances that fell in to place rather a master plan. A small BMX shop in Bexhill wasn’t really a viable business so we had to figure out a way of making it work – by making the scene bigger and selling mailorder.
What was your first location like? Source BMX: Small!! It wasn’t much bigger than an average bedroom with room for about 30 t-shirt’s on a rack, 6 completes and a cabinet and wall full of parts.
How did your first year turn out? Source BMX: It was hard - we had a turnover of £68,000 which didn’t really breakeven or pay me a wage but I was 18 and living with my parents so didn’t need much money. Rich was at Uni so the first