Well we are now 4 months in on our HQ project and I think we can be quite pleased with how things are going. Actually, looking back on some of the pictures from December ’18 it’s amazing to see the transformation from ‘Outer Barn’ to B4H HQ! There’s still work to do but it’s definitely being knocked into shape – pointing and painting now underway!

So as promised Mario (Mariusz Ilewicz) turned up for his first day on April 1st, so no April fools here, and has hit the ground running with a hectic start in terms of a busy workshop even while re-organising it! Welcome Mario.

Now that the workshop is fully functional, including a Head Mechanic rather than just me, our challenge is to tell as many people as possible about what we offer and be onsite as much as possible to deliver our services and respond to enquiries. All our commercial work goes to help support our continuing work in schools throughout the North East.

Talking of which, whilst the HQ project has been going on we’ve been keeping the wheels turning across our business with our continued work in schools. Riding and guiding, maintaining fleets, planning trips and tracks.

Just in the last month we have been working with 2 new schools, Benfield Primary School, Newcastle and Choppington Primary School, Northumberland which is fantastic. We also delivered various school bike fleet maintenance services and supported Archibald First School, Gosforth in their bike week with a Dr Bike Session at the school.

One of our Flagship schools, Hadrian Park Primary, North Tyneside will soon be taking delivery of a brand new fleet of bikes to be used across the school year groups. We are supplying them with the fleet and a fitted secure storage container to keep them in when they are not being used on the fantastic multi-use track and pump track that we will be starting to construct very soon.

Meanwhile B4H has attended and presented at a National Head Teachers conference in Birmingham and a City Cycling Network meeting closer to home in Newcastle. We also met with National Lottery Community Fund and Sport England about further community support initiatives, NHS about prescriptive services (health and wellbeing) and the Forestry Commission, Active Forests scheme in Chopwell Woods to support their ambitions to promote healthy activities and encourage use of the woodland.

So as usual not much going on! And Spring is apparently here so it’s only going to get better as we head towards summer with a busy schedule of school rides, challenge rides such as C2C, and events at Kielder and trips to Holland, not to mention a busy workshop serving customer ensuring that everyone is #bebikehappy.

Thanks again to you, our supporters, virtual and physical (you know who you are) whether it’s spreading our story with deft finger swipes on social media, checking in on us and lending a helping hand (Kirkley Cafe) or wielding the trowel and paint brush – you are all great and much appreciated.