Every second Saturday of the month we hold a bike sale at our Salvation Army HQ in Ilford. This involves some preparation on the Friday before, and we ask the volunteers assist with bringing all the finished bikes downstairs from storage which is the chance for a free workout! On a typical Saturday sale, we can sell up to 10+ bikes, but would prefer to sell on a lot more!
We regularly have a wide selection to choose from including children’s, unisex and adult bikes, as well as a handful of vintage racers which have been painstakingly restored back to their original state.
The Saturday sales are fun and a good chance to interact with the local community. We are not pushy sales people and the customers definitely seem to like this, and they like the fact that they are supporting a social enterprise.,
We are also currently trying to increase awareness of our repairs side of the enterprise, as our fully trained mechanics can fix any problem a customer has with their bicycle, sometimes at 50% less than our competitors. We call it Dr Bike.
As a non-profit social enterprise we (recycles) reinvest all income from bike sales and repairs back into the organisation. This ensures we can continue to work within our local community, get them on cost effective and safe roadworthy bikes to help create a fitter borough and give our volunteers practical skills which lead to real employment opportunities. To see some information on the value of social enterprises for an area, click to see this report
Keith Young and Martin Southern (volunteer)