On Thursday night at the European Business Excellence Forum Awards, Kent-based business, Quench Cycles, took the title for Best Community Impact and were also finalists in the Best Retailer category.
David & Emma Cole who own Quench were thrilled to collect the award at a black tie event at Celtic Manor organised by the world’s number one business coaching firm, ActionCOACH. David explained, “We started the business in 2008 and quickly realised that this was an opportunity to get people cycling, allowing them to engage with and discover the thrill of the outdoors by creating accessible adventure through fun, excitement, education and challenge, inspiring and making a difference to people’s lives by encouraging them to be outdoors, active and fit through cycling. With participation in sport generally declining, we now hire over 20,000 bikes a year and have increased participation by over 5,000 this year alone.
Located at Bedgebury Forest in the Weald of Kent, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Quench offer cycling on all weather traffic free, purpose built cycle trails for both families, mountain bikers, individuals and groups, allowing people to discover, explore and enjoy this extraordinary habitat. As well as cycle hire, Quench offer an end to end cycling solution with a range of other complimentary products and services to allow customers to better enjoy, enrich and improve their cycling experience, making them a destination for the delivery of inclusive cycling. In addition, Quench provide training and coaching, servicing and repairs, biking for school groups, GCSE moderation and birthday parties, ladies’ midweek cycling sessions and midweek health rides. They have a well stocked store with leading brands of bikes, parts and accessories.
Emma added, “We live in a world where people have less time, where we are all more disconnected with the outdoors, nature and each other. In a world where people are less active and where kids no longer go to the park to meet friends but hook up on line. Machines and technology negate the need for us to move and be mobile. We wanted to offer everyone the chance to re-connect with the joys and thrills that being outdoors brings, enjoy nature and be more active. This is how and why Quench Cycles was born, through our own personal passion to make this a reality. This award really is recognition of the massive efforts of our team, the coaching support we’ve received from our local business coach, Tim Rylatt, and the huge participation we’ve had from the community. We’ve also been working with some great partners like our marketing company Cole AD and Sport England’s Active Forest initiative.”
Sussex’s award-winning business coach and author of Business Battleships, Tim Rylatt, attended the awards with the Quench team, “I’m really proud of David and Emma. Their determination to achieve great things in the company is so very obvious in their growth and development this past year. They are such fantastic and focused business owners! To achieve a win for Best Community Impact in such a competitive environment is truly brilliant. I couldn’t be happier for them or think of anyone more deserving of recognition for their hard work, strong ethics and commitment to their vision of getting more people more active and enjoying the outdoors.”