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A new community benefit charity to give cycling a boost

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Encourage and support new and existing cyclists

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Make a difference for all cyclists

Welcome

York-based social enterprise Get Cycling has spent eleven years supporting newcomers into cycling: both locally and nationally. Now all Get Cycling’s activities in events, training and programmes are being transferred into a new charity, a Community Benefit Society, financed partly by community shareholders.

BIKE TRY-OUT
ROADSHOWS

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BENEFITS

Investment will help us develop our try-out events and support programmes and add innovative concepts to our range of activities. We invite you to become a community shareholder and member, supporting our work, while enjoying a package of membership benefits, including considerable tax relief plus a return on investment.

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Taking these already successful activities into community ownership is a great way to give people a tangible stake in making our country and environment more cycle-friendly, healthy and happy. It gives supporters a chance to earn both a financial and social return by investing in what matters to them.

Our History

2008

2010

2012

2019

Timeline

Get Cycling founded: supplying bike try-out events

Diversification into disability cycling retail and support

Opening of community bike shop, Hospital Fields Road, York

Community Interest Company converts to Community Benefit Charity

Our History

2008

Get Cycling founded: supplying bike try-out events

2010

Diversification into disability cycling retail and support

2012

Opening of community bike shop, Hospital Fields Road, York

2019

Community Interest Company converts to Community Benefit Charity

What We Do

We work for local authorities, community groups, businesses, schools, universities and disability support groups. All staff, assets and trading in these areas will transfer to the new Community Benefit Society, which will add member benefits to its activities. In Phase Two the CBS will use its charitable status to develop, in separate premises, Opportunity Bikes: a bike recycling and training facility supporting people with barriers to employment.

BIKE
TRY-OUT
EVENTS

CLASSES &
COURSES

INCLUSIVE CYCLING

SCHOOL
VISITS

WORKPLACE
ACTIVITIES

GUIDED
RIDES

DISABILITY CYCLING HOLIDAYS

OPPORTUNITY
BIKES

Remaining in the pre-existing Community Interest Company are Get Cycling’s local bike shop and its very specialised department retailing disability cycles nationally. There will be lots of cooperation between the two social enterprises, and they will both, at first, be based in Hospital Fields Road, sharing many facilities and related costs, but distinct as trading entities, with separate staff, management, assets, finances and boards of trustees.

What We Do

We work for local authorities, community groups, businesses, schools, universities and disability support groups. All staff, assets and trading in these areas will transfer to the new Community Benefit Society, which will add member benefits to its activities. In Phase Two the CBS will use its charitable status to develop, in separate premises, Opportunity Bikes: a bike recycling and training facility supporting people with barriers to employment.

BIKE TRY-OUT EVENTS
CLASSES AND COURSES
INCLUSIVE CYCLING
SCHOOL VISITS
WORKPLACE ACTIVITIES
GUIDED RIDES
DISABILITY CYCLING HOLIDAYS
OPPORTUNITY BIKES

Remaining in the pre-existing Community Interest Company are Get Cycling’s local bike shop and its very specialised department retailing disability cycles nationally. There will be lots of cooperation between the two social enterprises, and they will both, at first, be based in Hospital Fields Road, sharing many facilities and related costs, but distinct as trading entities, with separate staff, management, assets, finances and boards of trustees.

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The Community Share Offer

With your support we will be able to invest in a carefully managed development programme backed up by working capital which will increase social impact and trading income. We will seek grants only for non-commercial community work such as programmes for people with difficulties in life.

NEW CYCLING PROGRAMMES

APPOINT CHIEF EXECUTIVE

DISABILITY PROJECTS

DEVELOP VOLUNTEER BASE

IMPROVING OUR WEBSITE

NEW REVENUE PROJECTS

The Community Share Offer

With your support we will be able to invest in a carefully managed development programme backed up by working capital which will increase social impact and trading income. We will seek grants only for non-commercial community work such as programmes for people with difficulties in life.

NEW CYCLING PROGRAMMES

DISABILITY PROJECTS

IMPROVING OUR WEBSITE

APPOINT CHIEF EXECUTIVE

NEW REVENUE PROJECTS

DEVELOP VOLUNTEER BASE

Cycling is a Right

We all have a right to ride our bikes in a fear-free, healthy, sustainable, equitable, community-friendly way. Cycling is rising up the social agenda all the time, but we have such a long way to go, and we need to tackle the barriers at all levels. Please support us in trying to make it happen.

Cycling is a Right

We all have a right to ride our bikes in a fear-free, healthy, sustainable, equitable, community-friendly way. Cycling is rising up the social agenda all the time, but we have such a long way to go, and we need to tackle the barriers at all levels. Please support us in trying to make it happen.

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Disability Cycling

We provide inclusive try-out roadshows, special school activity days and companion cycles for people with dementia. Better funding will allow us to improve our existing services and offer certain all-ability cycling holidays which we have already pioneered.

Disability Cycling

We provide inclusive try-out roadshows, special school activity days and companion cycles for people with dementia. Better funding will allow us to improve our existing services and offer certain all-ability cycling holidays which we have already pioneered.

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Courses and Classes

People of all ages need and want to learn new skills and build up confidence. We will offer courses and classes for the general public on how to get into cycling. These will be day classes for local people, regular sessions in schools, and residential ‘learning holidays’ for others. Where better to start riding than on the bike paths of York?

Courses and Classes

People of all ages need and want to learn new skills and build up confidence. We will offer courses and classes for the general public on how to get into cycling. These will be day classes for local people, regular sessions in schools, and residential ‘learning holidays’ for others. Where better to start riding than on the bike paths of York?

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Opportunity Bikes

For Phase 2 we will seek additional finance to launch a cycle recycling project, providing opportunities to people who have difficulties in life. It’s not just about bikes, it’s about people and communities. This will build on our successful previous experience of running such programmes York and Scarborough. Opportunity Bikes will entail moving all our activities from Hospital Fields Road so that everything is under one roof.

Opportunity Bikes

For Phase 2 we will seek additional finance to launch a cycle recycling project, providing opportunities to people who have difficulties in life. It’s not just about bikes, it’s about people and communities. This will build on our successful previous experience of running such programmes York and Scarborough. Opportunity Bikes will entail moving all our activities from Hospital Fields Road so that everything is under one roof.

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Member Benefits

Get Cycling CBS will also support its own members, with exclusive discounts on services. There will also be members-only rides, social events, an advice line and monthly newsletter. The full benefits package is still under development.

Member Benefits

Get Cycling CBS will also support its own members, with exclusive discounts on services. There will also be members-only rides, social events, an advice line and monthly newsletter. The full benefits package is still under development.

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What are community shares?

We aim to raise £100K of community investment in withdrawable shares, to match £100K from other sources if the target is met. You will be happy to know that your investment gives strength to our worthwhile work, but because Get Cycling CBS is a trading charity you can anticipate a 4% annual return on investment.

There’s more than that. This offer qualifies for Social Investment Tax Relief, so for every £1000 invested you get £300 back from HMRC in Year 1. Putting these two returns together gives you a very welcome total net gain of 13.2% for each of the first three years, presuming you pay a little tax on the 4% interest.

This is not an offer document. The formal share offer, plus business plan, statutory advice and terms and conditions will appear on this website soon. It will also explain how the investment will be applied. As you can imagine, some plans may change in the months before the offer goes live on the Ethex crowdfunding platform in November. It will close approximately two months later or when the target is reached, whichever is sooner.

MINIMUM
INVESTMENT
OF £350

30%
BACK IN TAX
RELIEF

4%
ANNUAL
RETURN

A Message From Our Founders

It has been quite a journey! Get Cycling began in 2008 just as public sector cuts kicked in: but we diversified and survived. Each year we have supported more and more people into cycling, virtually without grant aid. Our unusual and highly effective work now needs to be taken over by a better resourced organisation with stronger community outreach: which is why we are transferring activities into a charitable Community Benefit Society.

We will give strong personal support to the new CBS, helping develop creative partnerships, and volunteering here and there. We’ll also be significant investors. It’s all exciting, but we look forward to an easier life and an active semi-retirement! We love bikes, but it’s really all about people. We know that Get Cycling CBS will work with other cycling organisations and a strong board of trustees to make York a paradigm for commitment to people-friendly, sustainable transport. We hope you will want to join us. There’s a lot to do!

Jim and Sally McGurn

A Message From Our Founders

It has been quite a journey! Get Cycling began in 2008 just as public sector cuts kicked in: but we diversified and survived. Each year we have supported more and more people into cycling, virtually without grant aid. Our unusual and highly effective work now needs to be taken over by a better resourced organisation with stronger community outreach: which is why we are transferring activities into a charitable Community Benefit Society.

We will give strong personal support to the new CBS, helping develop creative partnerships, and volunteering here and there. We’ll also be significant investors. It’s all exciting, but we look forward to an easier life and an active semi-retirement! We love bikes, but it’s really all about people. We know that Get Cycling CBS will work with other cycling organisations and a strong board of trustees to make York a paradigm for commitment to people-friendly, sustainable transport. We hope you will want to join us. There’s a lot to do!

Jim and Sally McGurn

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We need your help

Imagine a vibrant, inventive, revenue-earning community benefit society doing everything it can to increase the prestige and presence of cyclists. To be effective in the community we need to be community owned, with a strong base of volunteers supported by our professional staff. We are also looking for additional trustees with strong business or social sector backgrounds.

You can use the form below simply to register your interest in investing. You are not committing to anything, but it will enable us to contact you about the share offer and keep you informed on progress. If you have any questions you can use the form below to find out more or you can simply phone us on 01904 636812, option 4, or email cbs@getcycling.org.uk

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©2019 Get Cycling Community Benefit Society
Get Cycling CBS is a trading charity registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (Registration Number 8016), and its Registered Office Address is 22 Hospital Fields Road, York, YO10 4DZ.

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