Business booms down on the farm for Chester off-road biking adventure firm
Business is accelerating rapidly for an expanding Chester area quad bike adventure company that has invested over £50,000 and can’t wait for the latest lockdown to end next month.
Tile Farm Off-road, in Guilden Sutton, has put the money into increasing its fleet of all-terrain vehicles and in three new storage units to house them when they’re not roaming round 250 acres of Cheshire countryside.
Pandemic restrictions forced them to close for four months earlier this year but since then and until the latest England-wide closure their customer mix of motocross bikers and quad bike enthusiasts has kept them busy.
It has justified their decision to increaser their fleet of Honda and Yamaha 250cc quad bikes to 17 and also to add three new Yamaha 90cc junior quad bikes, a brand new Honda CRF250 MX Tuition bike, and to take delivery of three storage units from North Wales-based Container Sales Centre to house their vehicle fleet.
It’s a story of success for Katie Arden and partner Will Bayman who took over the business set up by Katie’s dad and brother as a diversification from their arable farming and haulage operations.
She said: “We’ve been so busy since the first lockdown ended – I think people have been stuck at home and just wanted to get out and do something with their families and friends in the fresh air.
“We have had to limit numbers because the Rule of Six meant we couldn’t run groups of up to 12 for the quad-trekking and where we used to have up to 75 for the motocross on Wednesday we had to limit it to 20 and have been gradually building it up since then.
“We took over the business 18 months ago and made a big investment in the bikes and the containers and it has paid off and we’re using the current lockdown to make improvements to the facilities here.
“The service from CSC has been excellent and the delivery, communication and condition of the containers has of a very high standard and exceeded expectations.”
Container Sales Centre’s Lisa James said: “It’s a really impressive set-up here and Katie and Will have worked very hard to improve what was already a great business model.
“They’ve expanded and we’ve been delighted to have been able to help them do that because containers are really versatile and there has been a real surge in demand for them.”
Tile Farm’s quad-bike adventures take full advantage of the rolling countryside around the River Gowy and feature log climbs, wetlands and some of their very own challenges.
Will added: “Katie’s dad and brother were really keen off-road motorsport enthusiasts and I grew up on them as well before coming here in 2015.
“Since Katie and I took over we’ve grown the business and we’ve seen the motocross track grow in popularity and the quad bikes have also really taken off and even though we thought the coronavirus would affect us badly we’ve been surprised by just how popular it’s been.
“We take real pride in delivering a personal experience, we have a real passion for bikes and deliver the experience you want - obstacles and mud are optional.
“The containers have also worked well for us. We have two 20-footers and a 40-footer which give us plenty of storage space and they’re watertight and very secure.”
Container Sales Centre specializes in the sale of new and used shipping containers which range in size from 10-feet long up through 20-footers to 40-foot units, all eight feet high and eight feet wide, from 640 to 2,560 in cubic feet in volume.
The new units supplied are watertight and they can also be insulated plus they provide versatile storage options or for the more ambitious, a range of possible uses including office space and even as component parts of innovative new homes.
Lisa James said: “Our containers have been used to house a flight simulator and even as an indoor coffee bar and with our specialist lorry we can deliver containers up to 40 feet long and can also arrange to move units to different site locations.
“An advantage of buying outright is that you can also paint the exterior to your own taste including having your company branding if you are launching your own business.”
CSC supply a variety of containers including new wind and watertight, used wind and watertight and used in need of repair and prices range from £350 for small pre-used units needing repair through used wind and watertight units to new ones with the prices ranging between £2,000-£4,000 and delivery can be arranged to most places in the UK.
For information about Container Sales Centre go to https://www.containersalescentre.co.uk/new-containers and for more on Tile-Farm Off-Road go to https://www.tilefarmoffroad.com/