The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 13 October 2007

Entrepreneur markets bicycle trailers
to British and French postal services

BEING an entrepreneur who designs ways of making carrying loads on bicycles easier, it is perhaps no surprise that Nick Lobnitz ‘travels light’ when it comes to running his own business.

[Picture shows Nick Lobnitz of Stewarton, Ayrshire.]

His four year-old business Carry Freedom has yet to take on staff, despite his bike trailers being bought throughout the world. Nick’s trailer designs hook on to the back of any bicycle, for most types of load, including shopping.

It could all change, however, should negotiations with Royal Mail conclude successfully, plus those with its French counterpart.

How it has worked thus far is that Nick designs the trailers and sets up their manufacture - in Taiwan - and then a network of distributors, including in the USA and South Korea, buy direct from the manufacturers, with Nick taking a cut of each sale.

Currently, the Royal Mail are road-testing a number of Nick’s trailer designs, including in tandem with proposed electric-powered bikes. Talks with the Royal Mail’s French equivalent began more recently, and, thus far, there’s one prototype being tested.

The Royal Mail prototype is so versatile, it can attached to a bike or pushed on its own as a trolley. The French prototype is three-times the size, for a different type of bike than would be used in the UK.

Not surprisingly, Nick’s background is in mechanical engineering. Since he was a child, he’s been fascinated by bicycles and bicycle design.

He says: “The French postal service came to me, about my designs - which is very encouraging, as you can imagine. Should things take off with the Royal Mail, I will have to take on some staff, simply because the numbers would be huge. Staff would be needed to service the contract properly.”

On his website, he even boasts: “We can design build and adapt trailers to do anything, from longer handles to carry Kayaks through to fleets of refrigerated sandwich delivery trailers.”

Stewarton-based Nick is even in the throes of designing a bike that would not only be a perfect fit for one of his trailers, but totally maintenance-free for at least ten years.

Carry Freedom
High Clunch Farm

Telephone: UK: 0845 456 0928

INT: +44(0)1560 600 369

Skype: n_lobnitz



Friday, 12 October 2007

Garden design is just the job for Ayrshire girl Rebecca

LIKE any self-respecting gardener, Rebecca Stephens can turn her hand to design. But unlike probably any other gardener, she actually has a degree in design - not of the gardening variety, but the corporate logo one.

[Picture shows: Rebecca Stephens.]

But the graduate in Applied Graphics Technology from Glasgow Caledonian University found herself in a Catch 22 situation when she started looking for work after graduating - she needed to demonstrate experience, but was not getting the opportunity to acquire any.

And so she turned her attention towards a long-held love of gardening, enrolling on a horticulture HNC course at a local college.

Since June she has been self-employed, offering year-round garden maintenance - from planning and planting to border and lawn care.

It helped that, as she was launching her business, she already had two clients on her books. Rebecca explains: “When I was at college, I acquired two clients - people who asked the college if there were any students interested in maintaining their gardens - and I was the person chosen. Their recommendations have since generated more work. Word of mouth has been really helpful in getting the business quickly established.”

And her background in design is not entirely going to waste. As well as being able to apply a keen eye for design on any of the gardens she is working on, she need look nowhere when it comes to designing her own promotional material.

“There are a lot of large gardens in Ayrshire, but when I was doing my market research, I didn’t find there were too many lady gardeners offering garden care, as I was intending. There were a lot of people offering decking, paving and hard landscaping - which I don’t - but no-one, really concentrating solely on garden care.

"Also, many people I spoke to wanted someone knowledgeable, reliable and that they could trust in their garden, and also committed to working on a regular, weekly basis. They didn’t want someone starting a job and only half-finishing it.”

For more information telephone 07771 732 490.

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Tiger Woods coach visits Brunston Castle Golf Club in Ayrshire

Brunston Castle Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland recently hosted the Scottish leg of a whistle-stop tour of the UK by American golf professional Rudy Duran - Tiger Woods’ childhood coach.

The UK tour took in three destinations - England, Scotland and Ireland, with Rudy primarily hosting a junior golf clinic at each of the venues.

[Picture shows: Front right - Rudy Duran and, behind him, Stuart Smith, with some of Brunston Castle Golf Club's YMG pupils.]

Organised in association with both Young Masters Golf (YMG) and Accu-Length, designers of the only extendable junior golf clubs in the world, the clinic gave some of Brunston Castle’s YMG pupils, both past and present, the chance to gain a few tips from the man responsible for coaching the world’s No.1, Tiger Woods from the age of four to ten.

Brunston Castle’s resident YMG professional Stuart Smith jumped at the chance of saying yes to the request for Brunston to host the Scottish leg.

“It was a fantastic opportunity for Brunston Castle Golf Club as a whole,“ Stuart explained.

“To be able to host such a one-off event, with a hint of the Tiger phenomenon thrown into the mix, was sure to open a few eyes. It was a fantastic opportunity for all concerned. It provided some of my YMG pupils the chance to meet the man who kick-started Tiger’s career and to pick up some of his tips for kids golf.

“It gave the professionals present, including me, an insight into his approach to coaching children in golf, in addition to providing Brunston Castle with some publicity - not just locally, but also nationally via Golf World.”

Following a thirty minute putting clinic for Brunston Castle Golf Club’s YMG pupils, Rudy hosted a ninety minute clinic for around fifty kids from both Brunston and West Kilbride, with a selection of kids demonstrating their skills on the range. All in all the day was a great success for all concerned, with the initial feedback from Stuart’s juniors being extremely positive.

Stuart will continue to develop his YMG coaching academy, with a new introductory Cadets course beginning on Saturday 13th October 2007 at 12 noon. Fort more information on anything relating to YMG or Acculength junior golf equipment, call Stuart on (01465) 811825 or e-mail:

Young Masters Golf (YMG)

The exciting Young Masters Golf (YMG) Junior Golf Programme is the best way for youngsters to get into the great game of golf.

Developed by a team of highly experienced PGA professional golfers, it is the ultimate solution for boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 16 years old who want to start playing golf or, if you already play, to get better.

The YMG Junior Golf Programme gives youngsters the perfect introduction to golf by showing them everything they need to know to enjoy this brilliant game for the rest of their life.


Brunston Castle Golf Club

Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Ayrshire, Scotland, only four miles from the sea and five miles from Turnberry, the course is split by the Water of Girvan and lined with mature trees.

The superb clubhouse, which commands spectacular views over the course, has full dining and bar facilities and there is also a floodlit covered driving range on-site.

Visitors and groups are most welcome. A full range of dining facilities are available and company days, pro-ams and groups are expertly catered for.

Our professional staff are available for lessons, golf clinics and are happy to advise on a wide range of equipment.

Brunston Castle is a members’ club for both ladies and gentlemen.

Brunston Castle Golf Club
Golf Course Road
Scotland UK
KA26 9GD

Managing director: Michelle Edens

Tel: +44 (0)1465 811471 (Clubhouse)
+44 (0)1465 811825 (Pro Shop)

Fax: +44 (0)1465 811545