British bike bag maker Michaux is in the running to land valuable help growing its business - but owner Rachel Bonney needs your help.
Michaux makes lovely high-end bags and other cycling accessories, including some very clever reflective leather handlebar tape. Like any small company, it needs all the help it can get, so Rachel has entered the 'Women in Making' competition run by Style.co.uk and Triumph Lingerie, to win a business bursary and mentorship.
The help will go to the brand that achieves the most public votes.
The bursary is worth £10,000 which as anyone who runs a small business wil tell you, is not chump change. We put on our Dragon's Den heads and asked Rachel what she'd do with the money.
She said: "The funding will be spent on raising the brand image through an updated advertising campaign and website, increased participation in events, product development and renting business premises to allow for expansion."
Michaux bags are manufactured in the Lake District, hand-cut and hand-stitched in a factory that’s has been making leather goods on the same site for 300 years.
To help Michaux out, go to the competition page look for the pic above and cast your vote.
Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.
Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.
Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.
The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.