Visitors to The Bike Place may have noted a single pull up banner by the IBG – a proposed new buying group for the UK independent dealer.
CyclingIndustry.News has spoken to the dealer behind the proposal who believes the independent bike dealers of the UK are overdue a coming together.
“It works in countless other industries. Many corner shops up and down the country fall under one buying group, so why not the bike market?”
Indeed such a thing already exists in the bicycle industry with Germany’s ZEG which controls more than $2 billion in trade for its cooperative members.
Outlining the advantages, the IBG is looking to pool together independent bike shop resources to achieve:
- Preferential buying
- Achievable minimum order values
- Access to previously difficult to reach product portfolios
- Consolidated supplier accounts
- In store promotions
- A regular events programme
- An approved supplier guide
Dealers looking to find out more are asked to send their shop name and contact details to [email protected]