Five businesses you can start with a UK cargo bike

Cargo bikes are a great way to get started in a new business. Having an eye catching branded bicycle to serve as your transport, market stall table, delivery van, and mobile advertising billboard is a super efficient route to getting your new enterprise.

Throw in the fact you don’t need to pay for road tax, insurance, petrol, parking fines, congestion charges, or MOTs, and not only are cargo bikes a great way to kick start a new business, but also a affordable scalable option as your company grows.

Here’s five businesses you can easily start with the help of a branded Porterlight cargo bike.

1 – A commercial cargo bike for courier and delivery work

A great problem facing our towns and cities is the increasing volume of delivery journeys each day. From internet purchases, to on-demand curries, solving the logistics of moving these items on-time and efficiently is a key factor in future-proofing a city in terms of its environment, continued development, and reputation.

Deliveroo bicycle for deliveries by Porterlight Bicycles
A custom Deliveroo delivery bicycle we built using our Bringley cargo bike design.

In the UK cargo bikes are supremely suited to these last mile logistics; the work of getting those physical goods that final stage across town, and into a customer’s hands. Unlike the traditional model of Postman Pat driving around in a van, a cargo bike can take more efficient routes, stop and park wherever they need to, all whilst dodging the traffic jams, meaning that a cargo bike can outperform traditional delivery vehicles, whilst carrying much more cargo than other options such as regular bicycles.

A custom Porterlight Bicycles design for a courier cargo bike
A custom Porterlight Bicycles design for a courier cargo bike

Check out the delivery bicycle we built for Deliveroo, or build your own on our configurator.

2 – UK cargo bikes for food and drink start ups

Grabbing potential customers’ attention is especially important in super competitive markets such as food and drink. With hundreds of start-ups and small businesses producing unique artisan offerings, these companies need to work not only to differentiate themselves but also get a competitive advantage on the raw-juice-company-next-door.

East London Liquor Company custom cargo bike by Porterlight Bicycles
East London Liquor Company custom cargo bike by Porterlight Bicycles

A UK cargo bike helps give food and drink start-ups the boost they need in a couple of ways. Firstly the custom design and branding of a Porterlight bike can instantly create a super visible brand identity. Whether the bike’s being used to haul snack bars to deliver across town, or is getting wheeled inside a corporate HQ for a sampling session, having this fun mobile billboard for your company roaming the streets is a slice of free advertising that you can continue to both have and eat.

Secondly the huge carrying capacity, and nice big flat top on a bike also can turn them into a mobile roadshow, allowing you to pitch up at markets, events, festivals, and street corners, and get trading quickly and easily. For a fraction of the cost of an equivalent van or car, a cargo bike can get your food or drink company on the road fast, and keep those all important overheads low.

Custom designed food and drink delivery cargo bike by Porterlight Bicycles
Custom designed food and drink delivery cargo bike by Porterlight Bicycles

Have a look at the drink delivery bike we built for East London Liquor Company, or design your own on our custom cargo bike builder.

3 – Mobile flower stall cargo bike

Pop-up retail is a great opportunity for new businesses, but the high cost of renting a space without knowing whether it will work for you commercially is a big risk, especially in London. An alternative option created by owning a cargo bike, is that you can create your pop-up shop wherever you need it.

Mobile bicycle based flower stall design by Porterlight Bicycles using our Bringley cargo bike to make a flower delivery bike.
Mobile bicycle based flower stall design by Porterlight Bicycles using our Bringley cargo bike to make a flower delivery bike.

Functioning as both your transport to your pitch in the morning, and an eye-catching way to catch passers-by’s attention, a branded up Porterlight bike can allow a flower business to… well… bloom. There are no overheads to worry about, and you don’t need to pay for and run a separate works van either, just hop on your cargo bike each day and get around town.

The super mobile nature of a cargo bike also means you can take up new opportunities such as residencies in office buildings, or offering flower stall services at indoor events and shows. Being able to turn up to a corporate building and offer a great wellbeing service of free flowers from a beautiful cargo bike is a great way to build your brand, and your business.

Start playing with our custom bike design page, and see what type of flower delivery bike would suit you.

4 – Ice cream cargo bike

Perhaps few products in our lives are more evocative of a happy childhood afternoon spent in a sunny park than an ice-cream. But the days of gaudy ice-cream vans traulling the streets are somewhat done. Instead, an ice cream cargo bike with a battery or propane powered freezer can offer an ultramobile, go-anywhere platform from which to sell ice-cream, making it a very viable affordable alternative.

A mobile ice cream cargo bike design by Porterlight Bicycles
A mobile ice cream cargo bike design by Porterlight Bicycles

Unrestricted by roads, ice-cream bicycles can take their goods direct to the customers at outdoor events, festivals, street markets, and even indoor corporate events. Custom branded for you, an eye-catching Porterlight bike can work double duty as a great advertisement for your lollies, and as your transport home once your freezer is empty!

Have a go at designing your own on our custom cargo bike builder, or get in touch and see what we can do.

5 – Removals and recycling by bicycle

With the weighty issue of environmental sustainability pressing companies and individuals to find new ways to minimize their waste footprints, a cargo bike (or two) offers an excellent way in which to help others become more green.

Mobile recycling and refuse collection bicycle concept by Porterlight Bicycles
Mobile recycling and refuse collection bicycle concept by Porterlight Bicycles

A high capacity bike allows for the collection of recyclable goods, or perhaps items being donated for charity or upcycling, in a way that is itself environmentally friendly. To use large diesel trucks and lorries to collect these goods only answers half the question of how we can make our current practices more sustainable.

By removing the running costs of needing a large refuse vehicle, smaller collection companies become possible, able to cycle around a city picking up recyclable goods and make the most of their recycling value.

Have a go at designing your own on our custom cargo bike builder, or get in touch and see what we can do.

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