Evans Cycles has confirmed that it has ceased advertising with the Daily Mail, Daily Exprees and The Sun in a move that has seen it attract praise on social media from past and present customers.
The business announced its decision on Twitter in response to a request last week from the campaign group Stop Funding Hate, which lobbies businesses to stop advertising with the media outlets due to their often vitriolic anti-immigrant articles.
— Stop Funding Hate (@StopFundingHate) September 15, 2017
— Stop Funding Hate (@StopFundingHate) September 18, 2017
Evans subsequently said that the editorial content of the three newspapers was contrary to its "core values."
Needless to say, the content highlighted on these outlets go against our core values as a business. We're all for #StartSpreadingLove.
— Evans Cycles (@EvansCycles) September 18, 2017
A number of people took to Twitter to commend the company on its decision.
Well done @EvansCycles ! You just got a customer back (fwiw: former triathlete, multi-modal commuter, 8-12 bikes depending how you count!)
— oscarfranklin- 48% (@OscarNMFranklin) September 18, 2017
— MintyMat(@MintyMat) September 18, 2017
Founded in south London in 1921, Evans Cycles is now majority owned by ECI Capital Partners.
It joins businesses including broadband and mobile provider The Phone Co-op, health and beauty retailer The Body Shop and lifestyle retail brand Joy in supporting the Stop Funding Hate campaign.
Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.