In July we were really pleased to welcome the Minister for Employment Damien Hinds along to open our new workshops, and show the minister how Porterlight Bicycles’ UK built cargo bikes could transform London’s urban logistics.
Ever since Porterlight’s founder Lawrence Brand started working on the prototype Bringley cargo bike at a bench in the corner of his living room back in 2014, the company has remained based in a small triangle around Seven Sisters, North London. An area close enough to central London to fly down and show off our latest bikes to potential buyers, but also unfashionable enough for a fledgling manufacturing company to find its feet.
Discussing our recent work building cargo bike fleets for Deliveroo, Hinds was interested to learn how a young British company was growing and scaling in order to meet a growing demand for international sales and exports.
Porterlight Bicycles’ needed to move to a larger production workshop in order to meet demand, and implement efficient new production methods for our cargo bicycles. In an amazing feat of destiny, a new workshop space became available only 50 meters from our then current unit, so we jumped at the chance to expand our production just round the corner.
Making custom cargo bikes in London is no mean manufacturing feat. With the price of commercial space in the city soaring, we’ve been building the company with an eye to the most modern and efficient production techniques available to keep our hand made cargo bikes competitive on performance, price, and personalisation!