Runner-up Pedal Power
JEANETTE Harris has certainly taken the message of Bristol being a cycling city to heart. She uses a fold-up bicycle to run her bespoke car collection and delivery service.
Demand for her service is growing so fast that Jeanette's son will join her in the business when he leaves university this year.
Mrs Harris says that the business she founded two years ago, after 31 years of service as a police officer, is underpinned by the ethos of reducing carbon emission and celebrating the notion of "Bristol the cycling city".
She said: "I wanted to start my own business and I wanted to incorporate cycling. I collect and deliver vehicles for local car dealerships. I cycle to collect the car, fold up the bike, put it in the boot and drive back to the motor trader in Bristol who wants it.
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"If I have to collect a car from an auction site in the Midlands, for example, I will cycle to the railway station and get on my bike again at the other end."
Mrs Harris runs Pedal Power from her home on Bristol's Harbourside. Her business has been so successful that it has grown from collecting one car in the first month of trading to 30 vehicles in February this year.
"I have requests for service that I am unable to fill," says Mrs Harris, who employs one other person on a part-time basis. "When my son graduates he will join me and together we will work to provide an even greater service.
"My business means that motor traders in the city have the opportunity to contribute to carbon footprint reduction."
Bristol was named as England's first cycling city in 2008 when it received a £14 million Government grant aimed at encouraging cycling.