Need a placement or two?

Here are two keenies seeking what Americans call internships and Brits call work placements. No doubt bike supply companies are inundated with such requests but these two enthusiasts have shown initiative by widening their searches and advertising themselves industry-wide. However, James Hawkins believes it will be hard to offer his engineering talents to manufacturers in the UK because there are now so few of them. Should he therefore seek work in America?

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Turnover and margin boost for Orbit

In a pre-Christmas newsletter, Orbit Cycles owner Simon Gershon revealed the bike maker and trailer distributor had seen sales growth in 2001. It was a topsy-turvey year, though: Orbit benefitted from off-roaders switching onto touring and road bikes during the FMD epidemic but the company lost tandem sales due to FMD hitting hire centres

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UPDATED: Euro accepted by UK retailers

On the BBC TV news this morning, a journalist bought a CD from HMV, Oxford Street, London. She bought it with Euro notes. The HMV till coped with the Euro transaction. Ah, but how will a small independent retailer cope, asked the presenter...

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