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Frog Leaps into Wales

Frog Leaps into Wales

Added to MTDCNC by MTDCNC on 22 August 2016

Frog Bikes, the makers of lightweight children’s bicycles has this week celebrated the opening of its new factory in South Wales. The Frog team were joined by Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Lynne Neagle AM, local bike stores, and representatives from HSBC and the Welsh Government who have been supportive of the new venture.

The 120,000sq/ft site in Pontypool is Frog’s first manufacturing facility in the UK and will lead to the creation of up to 50 new jobs over the next few years. The new site is supported by £1.7m in funding from HSBC and the Welsh Government.

With ambitions to be as environmentally friendly as possible, Frog uses low voltage lighting, electricity from renewable sources, and is developing novel reusable and low carbon packaging.

Jerry Lawson, Co-founder of Frog Bikes said: “We are absolutely delighted to celebrate the factory opening today. It will enable us to be more responsive to the market, have more control over quality, introduce innovations faster, reduce our environmental footprint, and create jobs to benefit the local economy. There were times during 2015 when we couldn’t keep up with demand, and customers were left disappointed. We recognised that the time had come to re-shore our production model.”

Mark Emmerson, Head of Global Trade & Receivable Finance for HSBC UK, said: “Throughout HSBC’s partnership with Frog Bikes, we’ve been delighted to provide tailored funding and guidance to support Shelley and Jerry’s ambition to launch the UK production of their bikes. Frog Bikes is an outstanding example of an entrepreneurial business evolving to meet the needs of its customers, as well as looking for solutions to support the local economy. It’s fantastic to now see the project reach completion and we have no doubt that the new facility will support the company’s continued growth.” 

Economy Cabinet Secretary Ken Skates said: “I am delighted Frog Bikes - a highly innovative and specialist business - chose to locate its first manufacturing facility in Wales. The company is a very welcome addition to our advanced materials and manufacturing sector and I am pleased Welsh Government support will help create a significant number of new jobs. I wish the company every success in the future as it grows the business in Wales.”

Frog Bikes is the brainchild of husband and wife, Jerry and Shelley Lawson. When they started to teach their own children to cycle, they felt that most kids’ bikes in the market were heavy and poorly designed. Working in conjunction with Brunel University sports scientists and Team GB Olympic bike designer Dimitris Katsanis, Frog Bikes has continually evolved with the aim of being as comfortable and efficient as possible for young riders. The range of bikes can be bought through 900 independent bike stores throughout UK and 30 countries overseas. Frog Bikes was recognised as the Export Business of the Year at the Start-ups Awards in 2015, reflecting very strong European demand for their lightweight bikes. 

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