A local cycling enterprise grabbed a £15,200 share of Firstport’s ‘Build It’ fund after a harrowing ‘Dragons Den’ style interview.
Angus Cycle Hub director Scott Francis said: “I had to pitch our idea in front of a panel of trustees which was nerve racking. We’re absolutely thrilled and still can’t quite believe we have won this grant which will allow us to commit to developing the Cycle Hub full time over the next year.
“We’ve had so much support from the local community, volunteers, cycling clubs, Angus Council and the NHS and I can’t thank everyone who has helped get us to where we are today.”
After years volunteering his time coaching cycling proficiency and mountain biking, Scott became increasingly frustrated by the lack of cycling infrastructure, facilities and pathways for people to enjoy the sport within Angus. The money will help the Hub to support the development of a sustainable infrastructure and help nurture cycling activity in the Angus region. Angus is currently one of only eight local authorities in Scotland which does not have a regional Cycling development plan in place and it is hoped that Angus Cycle Hub’s activity will contribute towards the government’s 2010 Cycling Action Plan for Scotland.