One L of a venture

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A MOTORBIKE training school has hit the road to expansion by launching a base in the borough.

RJH Group opened up their new base for local bikers at the Leigh Miners’ Welfare Institute just a few days ago.

Amazingly, the move comes less than three months after a £12,000 haul of Kawasaki ER5 and ER6 motorcycles was stolen by burglars from RJH’s Salford headquarters.

“We lost five bikes which, with our training expertise, are our stock in trade,” said RJH director Robert Howitt.

“Only one has been recovered and that was used in an armed robbery and is therefore stuck in forensic limbo.

“Obviously without bikes we can’t operate and, as our fleet insurance did not include provision for courtesy bikes whilst our claim was processed, the impact could have been devastating.”

Thankfully Robert was able to draw on his connections with Carole Nash – who works closely with RJH by providing Compulsory Basic Training for its staff and annual taster sessions as part of Ride To Work Day. He put in a call to business development manager Mark Rzedzian who promptly offered to loan two Suzuki Bandits from the company’s courtesy bike fleet.

“Carole Nash couldn’t have done more for us,” added grateful Robert. “Without them, we really would have struggled. As it was, thanks to Mark, instead of losing days or weeks of business we were disrupted for just 24 hours.”

Mr Rzedzian said he was only too pleased to help.

“Many staff here are grateful to RJH for having given them a real taste of biking and for guiding them through the CBT.

“Several staff members, including myself, got bitten by the biking bug at one of their taster sessions and subsequently went on not just to gain their CBT but take the full bike test.

“I’m just pleased to have been in a position to return the favour and help.”