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Update: Electric Escapes

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December 23, 2013

Hi everyone, Paul Harmon here of Since we got our loan with Linked Finance, the last three months have been hectic. On the tour side of ElectricEscapes we have teamed up with 7 other bike tour operators who have bought fleets of Kalkhoff bikes from us to offer a bigger better product all across Ireland. These people will come under the ElectricEscapes umbrella on a single website as a cooperative to offer bike tours from Donegal, Leitrim, Clare, Mayo, Galway, Slane, Cork & Dublin. Being ambassadors for the Wild Atlantic Way means we can offer our customers the opportunity to cycle from Malin to Mizen!

German, Dutch, Danish, American & Australian Tour operators also bought and showed interest in our tours for next year which means better planning & taking the next step as far as an activity provider. After 3 seasons we are right on plan.

We had a record year for Kalkhoff sales on E bikes and introduced regular Kalkhoff bikes for sale this year too. Our next step is to introduce Electric mountain bikes! We saw the fun youngsters were having in Europe on E bikes & the development of genuine mountain bikes ( the first 360 back somersault was performed on an E bike this year!). We are attending travel & trade shows throughout next year both in Ireland & internationally & have been asked to talk as key note speakers on how we do things.

We will be taking more guides & people on for next year & also someone for the admin, sales & marketing side of things. Having been redundant & going through the process myself we are looking for an intern right now! So crowd funding for finance & crowd sourcing for growth, the cooperative approach is the ElectricEscapes way. Here’ s to a great 2014 for all of us!