Motorbike shop relaunched from Purley
THE world crashed for motorcycle business owner, Nigel Aliano when his landlord decided to pull the plug on his lease for his Whyteleafe premises nearly a year early.
The decision left him with no home for the business and a challenge to try and find ways of getting started again.
Mr Aliano said: "Because I had no premises the banks were not keen to lend money which made things very difficult.
"I was left with having to scrimp, save and borrow and call in a lot favours from friends to help me get back on my feet."
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However, that combination of support, hard work and a determination not to go under sees the company, Allbikes of Surrey, relaunched from new premises in Purley on Sunday.
Based in the former Pots and Pine shop, in Godstone Road, Mr Aliano is confident he and his new partner, Phil Banks are putting the company back on track for a successful future.
He said: "The premises are ideal; we are on a busy main road and there is off-road parking for our customers. It is also a better location than Whyteleafe because there is plenty for people to do in Purley while they wait for work to be done on their motorcycles."
Mr Aliano said Allbikes is offering a combination of motorcycle sales, servicing and MOTs.
He said: "There is a growing market for smaller bikes and scooters because they are cheap to run and tax is very low."
The partners will also be placing an emphasis on good customer service. Mr Aliano said: "We are not here just to make money from people."
To improve that service, the reception area has been transformed to include big screen television and Wi-Fi access for customers.
There are plans to run a series of classes for customers to help them get to grips with the basics of working on their motorcycles.
Mr Aliano said: "We have also been approached by someone who wants to run a motorcycle club from the premises and we will be looking at that idea."