The History of Bikeworks
Bikeworks - in the beginningBikeworks was set up as a social enterprise in 2006 in the East End of London, opening its first premises next to Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets the following year. The founding partners Jim Blakemore and Zoe Portlock had the original vision for Bikeworks on the back of London winning the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, seeing the strong potential for harnessing this once in a lifetime opportunity for the local community, and more widely, to provide opportunities to those most likely to be excluded. The original business plan for a community cycling social enterprise was in place and income was generated through cycle training contracts. Jim and Zoe still lead Bikeworks, alongside its Board and Team.
Bikeworks - growing up
Bikeworks relocated to larger retail space, moving into the old East London Advertiser premises in Bethnal Green. It grew quickly during this period, with additional investment from the Social Business Trust, and also corporate sponsorship from Barclays for our employability programmes. Opening an additional four retail shops, a training centre, and an All Ability hub in Little Wormwood Scrubs. This was the period of Legacy after a successful London 2012 Games.