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Entrant: Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe

City: Porirua

Website: https://www.getfixedbicycles.co.nz

About My Business

Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe originated from humble beginnings in the form of a bicycle workshop in our home garage. Simon's reputation grew, as did the business and now we run a workshop, bicycle hire and tours and cafe out of 8 converted shipping containers on Porirua's beautiful harbours' edge. Our workshop, as well as repairs and servicing specialises in electric bike conversions and custom wheel building. Our cafe offers a household refillery, lots of plant based menu options and a local artisan retail area. We no longer offer single-use takeaway cups but have opted for the Again Again hire cups system to reduce overall waste. ​Running our business sustainably is a big deal to us and we scrutinise everything we do to offset waste and our overall carbon footprint. From composting to recycling and repurposing - we invest heavily in these areas to ensure we are treading as lightly as we can. ​We are convinced that the goal of every business should be to enrich the communities they are part of by being community focused and sustainable. With that in mind we look to give back to our local community in as many ways as we possibly can. By offering incentives for beach clean ups to fixing up donated bikes for free to give to groups and individuals in need - we are always seeking to find ways to give back. This extends to putting on free concerts, playgroups, bike jams, bicycle workshops, as well as events to celebrate special occasions such as Matariki, Christmas and Easter. We recently won the 2021 Porirua Small Business Award. ​Over the past year we have provided free bicycle maintenance workshops for the community, worked with Porirua Alternative School to employ young people who are struggling to find their place in the workforce, sponsored numerous not-for-profit organisations such as Titahi Bay Ski Scouts & local schools, we have held free community events in conjunction with Porirua City Council, Porirua Public Library and Nannys Plus to name a few. We have also provided a space to showcase Aotea College musical students and Porirua Brass Band as well as other local acts. ​

Why We Should Win The Peoples Choice Award

Our goal is to be a benchmark for small customer facing businesses around NZ in terms of community focus and sustainability. 2020/21 was an exceptionally challenging time for us. Not only did we face dealing with close down during the Covid 19 pandemic period but we also undertook the mammoth challenge of relocating and reestablishing the cafe component of our business to a new location with less street visibility. It wasn't just a matter of moving premises either. The extent of the project saw us building a new infrastructure almost from scratch. Running our duel focus business out of shipping containers comes with its challenges but regardless, despite Covid and the move we have continued to grow and expand. We started out with 1 container in 2018 and now have 8 in total. We are an extremely community focussed business and the community have supported and loved us every step of the way which is why we have continued to thrive. Community and sustainability are a big focus for us and are intrinsic to our how we run our business every day. We have always sought to not only run Get Fixed Bicycle Cafe and Workshop successfully but to always look at ways to give back and create some love in the space we occupy. Over the past year we have provided free bicycle maintenance workshops for the community, worked with Porirua Alternative School to employ young people struggling to find their place in the workforce, sponsored numerous not-for-profit organisations such as Titahi Bay Ski Scouts & local schools, we have held free community events in conjunction with Porirua City Council, Porirua Public Library and Nannys Plus to name a few. We have also provided a space to showcase Aotea College musical students and Porirua Brass Band as well as other local acts. We are environmentalists at heart and so we offer free coffee or a bowl of fries to anyone willing to fill a bag of rubbish they collect from the adjacent beach. Each year we ask the community to donate bicycles that they no longer have use for so that our team can get them running smoothly and safely to donate to those less advantaged. We have also helped to promote some great initiatives that we see as important such as Kura Street Kai and Chrissys All for Free. Our focus on sustainability extends past the promotion of getting more people on bikes and through to everything we do. We offer an affordable household refill station and are the only drop off point for Ecostore empty bottles. The bottles are sent back to Ecostore for recycling and reuse in a closed circle recycling programme. We have ditched offering single use coffee cups in favour of Again Again hire cups. With landfill requirements on the rise in most cities we don't want our business to add to the 295 milliion single use cups that go to landfill each year in NZ. We use local where possible including getting our greens from Edible Earth based in Cannons Creek. We also support local artisan businesses by selling their products in our retail area. Instead of putting more pressure on the fragile below ground infrastructure, we invested in a Bioloo composting toilet which will provide clean, pathogen free compost within 18 months with no impact at all on the immediate environment. Instead of sending all of our waste to landfill we separate our refuse and ensure we recycle glass, plastic and metals. We offer a large number of plant based options on our cafe menu as we see this as more sustainable in the long term. Along with this we sell products that offer our customers ways to lessen their impact on the earth such as the Mylk Made alternative milk range that provides consumers with a way to make their alternative milks from a paste rather than buying endless tetrapak cartons that will inevitably end up in landfill. To sum up, we are a small family business and we employ local people who stick with us and love our business as much as we do. We believe we have also helped to make Porirua a destination worth visiting.


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