Radii Skatepark Repairs Ltd is run by lifetime BMX rider Rob Steele. Semi-professional in the early 80s, Rob took a 10 year break from riding and began building ramps with a friend. After a brief flirtation with commercial construction and fuelled by his recent return to riding, Rob spotted a gap in the market for skatepark repairs and took the opportunity to return to an industry that he was passionate about. He founded Radii Skatepark Repairs in 2011 because, in his words: “the industry needs a repairer with a conscience – that’s me. Rider first, ramp builder second.”
As a lifelong expert in the field, Rob was aware there were very few companies around who were repairing ramps for reasonable costs. His business repairs, overhauls and maintains skateparks nationwide. They also design and build new parks. Rob works with between one and six members of staff depending on the size of the job and his customers are predominantly local authorities, parish councils and charities.
Rob initially funded Radii Skatepark Repairs through his bank. Accounts were set up and a loan was put in place to fund a van and equipment. However, earlier this year the business suffered a financial setback when a client was unable to pay for services already carried out. At this point Rob needed some extra funding in order to stay in business. Even though his order books were still looking strong there were no funds to buy materials to carry out the work.
This time around the bank was “extremely unhelpful.” According to Rob: “They simply don’t seem able to make a pragmatic decision or indeed, to look outside of their parameters. Radii is an unconventional business, within an unconventional sport and with an unconventional owner. It needed an unconventional solution.” Rob applied for a loan with Everline and was accepted.
When Rob needed additional funding to buy materials for an upcoming project, he says “the decision was instinctive and I didn’t even bother with my bank. Materials have been purchased, the project recently completed and the client is so pleased with the work I’ve just received an official order to do more.”
“I’m finding it very hard to be negative in any way about Everline and the service offered. They’ve literally kept me in business this year and I’ll be forever grateful for that.”