AM to PM is your exclusive insight into the busy schedules of some of Bath and Somerset’s top professionals.
Frank Curran is Managing Director of Powabyke – a Somerset-based electric bike company established in 1997. Powabyke has sold over 45,000 bikes in the UK and also sells conversion kits, allowing regular push bikes to be converted to electric.
With demand increasing year on year, electric bikes will make up nearly a third of the UK bike market by the end of 2019, meaning more busy times ahead for Frank and the Powabyke team.
What time do you get up?
It varies on what I am doing that day, if I’m office based (which is just over a mile away) then as late as 8am. A couple of times a week though I am out and about visiting bike dealerships and suppliers so it can be as early as 4.30am depending upon my destination.
What helps you to get your day off on the right foot?
A hot shower first thing in the morning without fail. I don’t have any other routines that need adhering to. I try and keep everything as simple as possible.
What’s the first thing you do when you get to the office?
The kettle is on before I’ve even turned on my computer, I’m a bit of a coffee-holic! Then it’s sit down time and reply to emails for the first hour whilst enjoying a strong coffee.
What bit of kit/tech helps your day run smoothly?
I’m not a tech head at all really, yes I have a tablet, but I’m not reliant upon it. I suppose the iPhone is the one thing I’m always checking and would struggle to be without during the day. It’s great to clear emails and non-urgent stuff, whilst also convenient for quick website browsing.
Where’s your favourite place to go for lunch?
Being based in the middle of the countryside there’s not a lot of options. On the occasions I do venture out, then I cycle to Chew Valley Lake and take my lunch with me. It’s a great way to clear the mind and helps relax me. It’s also a good way to test bikes or incorporate an impromptu photo shoot as there are some lovely scenic views en route.
What is the best part about your job?
Being my own boss without a doubt! I enjoy the variety the job brings, one minute I may be converting a tricycle to electric, then the next I’m thinking about the pictures and wording of products for a new brochure. Of course it’s not all glamorous, quite often I’m covered in oil and muck having done a service on a Powabyke!
What does a typical day involve?
Each day comes naturally. With the variety of roles I have there’s always something different to work on. Once we’re up to date with the picking and packing of orders, we may then look at planning our stand for The Cycle Show, or research potential new bike models to enhance the Powabyke range.
How do you unwind after work?
I tend to head up to Farrington Park Golf course and hit a few balls on the driving range, or play 9 holes of golf depending on how much time I have. Anything in and around the golf course is a great way for me to unwind including a trip to the 19th hole for a cheeky beer afterwards.
To find out more about Powabyke visit: www.powabyke.com