Paul Smeeton's Bitz for Bikes

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Paul Smeeton's bitzforbikes is a family business based in Rochdale, Manchester, England. Paul has been a biker for over 30 years and has been supplying spares for over 20 years and takes pride in providing the best service to his customers.

Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose to order from bitzforbikes

History

Paul's first Motorcycle business was formed in 1980 breaking all models of bikes from a large garage at the bottom of his garden. As stock started to grow he found he was out growing his garage and as more and more people were using credit and debit cards Paul decided to concentrate more on mail order and started to specialize in the very popular Yamaha 350 and 250 LC's and later the YPVS.

Paul Smeeton's LC Heaven was born.

Paul became the man to get all your LC and YPVS spares from and any technical help people needed. Because Paul only broke the LC and YPVS's he always had the spares in stock people wanted. Specializing in just two bikes meant Paul logged and stocked every part of the bikes so customers could get anything from a frame or complete engine down to nuts and washers.

With LC's and YPVS's becoming harder to find and people using the internet more and more Paul knew he had to change the direction of the business, so in 2000 he instructed a web design company to build an e-commerce web site to sell new motorcycle spares for all motorcycles. In the summer of 2001 the web site was finished and Paul and his daughter Carrie who was home from University started to input the data. By Christmas 2001 the web site www.bitzforbikes.co.uk was set live for the world to see.

Castleton - Rochdale

Shop

Paul ran the business from his living room with one telephone line and two computers. At first Paul did not hold many spares but as time went by he started to hold his fastest moving stock. By the summer of 2002 business had grown so quickly that premises were needed and the shop in Castleton, Rochdale was bought on 22nd of December 2002. Some alterations were needed and in January 2003 bitzforbikes started trading from retail premises. Eleanor one of Paul's other daughters started with the company in the June looking after the books and customer services. By this time bitzforbikes was expanding quicker than Paul could have imagined. We feel this was due to improved delivery times because we were holding more stock and our customer care was second to none. Eleanor decided she wanted a year out so Emma; Paul's third daughter joined the company.

2004

In 2004 bitzforbikes became a limited company and Kev joined bitzforbikes to cope with the ever-increasing telephone sales. Also in 2004 we decided to improve the way customers were able to search for spares. Instead of searching for products, we thought searching for the make, model and year of your motorcycle and then display all the spares that were available for that bike would be easier for customers to choose the spares they needed, all on one page. So Anthony came on board and started work on the massive task of changing the way the database of the web site worked. On top of this we had to re enter every make, model and year of bike we had data for, plus all the types of spares we could supply and associate those spares to the bikes. After six months and 140,000 products later (all put in by hand) we launched the new site live. The effect was dramatic and so Rob came to bitzforbikes as we now held most of the stock and we handled all the packing from the shop.

2007

Shop

In May 2007 Eleanor returned from her year out that lasted 2 years and is back working with Bitzforbikes and has been a great addition to the team. Another welcome addition to the team in May 2008 was Janet. Janet works in the dispatch department and has the added skills of mothering us. July 2008 the Old Co-Op a 3500 sq m floor space building on Rooley Moor Rd in Rochdale was purchased. Built in1888 it followed the opening of the first cooperative in 1850 in Toad Lane Rochdale. We converted the old butchery department to a goods in / out area with a packing department. The old retail area has been refurbished to a very high standard with air conditioning and has enabled us to display more products as well as accommodating our sales team. We have increased our stock of helmets, jackets, boots, gloves and other clothing but looking to the future we intend to open the first floor as a designated clothing and helmet department. Early 2009 saw us converting an unused area of the building into the new 'Tyre Bay'. With a brand new shiny tyre fitting machine and a toolbox that any man would be jealous of, our local riders have certainly welcomed the new tyre fitting service. In April of 2009 we welcomed Mandy as a new addition to our team. Mandy is particularly good within the customer service team and has also contributed some great ideas to further the business. The beginning of 2010 has boasted some new up to date steps for the company. Including setting up on Facebook and Twitter, as well as posting the first of many you tube videos on various subjects to do with biking. Check us out on all three sites!! The end of January 2010 will see the first of bitzforbikes monthly mail shots going out, so send us your email if you wish to be put on the list to be notified of all of our special offers and biking news.

2012

Shop You can visit our premises
Unit 2 Blue Pit Mill (Off Queensway),
Rochdale, OL11 2YW.

Since the last update our business has continued to grow with online sales leading the way. In response to this we have hired more sales and dispatch staff to help us cope with the increasing demand. We have Chris who is a great addition to our sales staff, who started in 2010 and Greg who started in 2012 who is very knowledgable when it comes to motorcycles. We have expanded our dispatch staff with Dave and Steve, this has increased the amount of parcels we can send out to our customers everyday. In 2011 we employed John, who can do anything you can think of on a computer and he has helped to increase business further and this has been increased again with the addition of James to our staff who is going to be developing our web site. Despite operating at almost full capacity from Rooley Moor Road we have found again that we were unable to keep up with demand and we have now moved to a unit back in Castleton, situated only a few hundred yards from the old Castleton premises.

The new unit is 10,000 sq ft all on one floor and has allowed us to redesign the dispatch area to improve efficiency, ensuring we can cope with the increased demand. We will be able to hold more stock and fulfil orders more quickly and efficiently. For local customers there will still be a sales counter where they can get everything they need, normally on the same day. We are looking forward to settling in at our new home and looking forward to the future as hopefully the business continues to grow and we help to keep Britain (and anywhere else you care to mention) biking.

Bitzforbikes team

John John Project Manager
James James Web Developer
Zoe Zoe HR Manager
Emma Emma Office Manager
Mandy Mandy Dept Office Manager
Kev Kev Head of Sales
Chris Chris Sales
Eleanor Eleanor Sales
Greg Greg Sales
Greg Dave Sales
Rob Rob Dispatch Manager
Dave Dave Warehouse Manager
Gaz Gaz Warehouse
Steve Steve Warehouse
Poppy Poppy Mascot

We would also like to announce that bitzforbikes Ltd is the proud sponsor of Tom Clegg the son of Noel Clegg the TT rider

If you wish to visit us you will be assured a warm welcome with not a traffic warden to be seen, as there is ample parking right out the shop with not a yellow line in sight.

Bitzforbikes pride themselves on customer care, service and quality of products and operates a fast efficient mail order system to both retail and trade customers. Overseas customers can also expect a fast turn around on all orders. If it's parts you need, from 1966 to the present day, Genuine or pattern part then call the experts on 01706 344899.

We are always trying to improve the web site and service, if you have any suggestions please send your suggestions to: enquiries@bitzforbikes.co.uk.

Updated January 2010