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  1. personally for a £2.50 padlock I would have sold him it again & here's why... the chances are someone is monitoring his money & giving him a budget & sending him out the door. its probably the only thing left as normal in his aging & deteriorating health. if you start saying no, it might end his pattern. there could be a good chance he comes to you because his comfortable around you & the habit its deep routed. if you was screwing him over the story would be different. if you was a sweet shop & he came in two days running for a £2.50 mix you wouldn't bat an eyelid. you to him could be a sweat shop & you might just have broke his mind one tiny piece more. I have a customer who never touches anything. including his own money. he wears two layers of gloves & we chat about football (something I have no clue about) or rather I listen to him when he comes in. A few years ago someone brought in some sticker books from him (because he couldn't touch them) for my children. they where flabbergasted he gave them away & even more shocked he new i had children the reason.......... no one ever talked to him because of the way he was.
  2. Please post on this topic key blanks that can be cross referenced or you know work certain locks. then members can use the search on the site to find the results as it builds search.php
  3. How my life has changed in the past few years!' We've just published the first of 4 programs on YouTube (Sunday 6pm), featuring local cyclists (myself included week 4) Its amazing the response we've had at the local level, a great piece of marketing. Given the internet never existed when I started my journey as a cobbler, it still seems bizarre to me the growth I've achieved in the last 4 years by doing bike repairs during a quiet period. I'm now flat out morning noon & night! & bikes account for the majority of my turnover through the Spring/Summer & early Autumn period. Anyway we brought a load of lights (We, being my Son & I) a fancy camera & a macbook & a few thousand pound later we put this together!
  4. Also my Son & I do a few videos on youtube and this weekend he just secured his first professional job promoting a local business, its a 60 second ad that the chap in it is using on his own social medias, all these snippets like ads & pages are what make the small business so unique.
  5. THIS:- IS your strongest weakness IMO GET COMPUTER SAVEY.... I've worked tirelessly on getting computer savey over the years. Facebook groups are a fantastic way of promoting your business with the "looking for recommendations" but it requires a team of eagle eyes to spot these and tip you off so you can respond quickly & timely with a link to your page and the personal touch of a reply, family and friends are great for this. Take your phone to work and photograph all day long, make it part of the routine. start a social media page for your images and get your name out there, larger companies just can not compete with a local entrepreneur on local level concentrating heavily on media has seen massive growth in my business in the last 3 years, people have always got a phone in their hands. If you have Children, get them on board they've grown up with social media and know all the moves, my Son who's now 16 does my instagram entirely & the work we've gained from that has staggered me, he more than pays for himself. We do the whole nine yards on socials between us both. we all have the skills to pay the bills & we are all watching Timpson grow at an astonishing rate but if the business wasn't there they wouldn't be either, so we as smaller concerns have to be very pro-active to deal with it & maintain our market share. Lee
  6. I got my own show...... fake it till you make it.
  7. I was so busy in other areas of my business I didn’t get a chance to switch on my machine yesterday, but the shoes piled up. It was a visual realisation how busy repairs still are. not up and coming granted. But stable it most definitely is. for me cutting edge damaged the show themselves, with all the attempts to do fund raising and sinking money into and the buying the SoMSR far from being respected they became a bit of a laughing stock. colledges are respected well and so can promote and produce a credible show that people want to attend. cutting edge should have stuck to a magazine and a show imo
  8. £39.99 no one says no. I have one in stock, but it would cost you the same as getting it from Cousins & I couldn't dispatch until Saturday. Lee
  9. word of mouth is still strong but screens is where it’s happening now. But you’re missing a BIG demographic if you haven’t got Instagram. none of my Children (13 to 20) have Facebook, it’s out of vogue for the sub 25 category. I also spend far more time on instagram than Facebook & wouldn’t bother with it at all if it wasn’t for my business page. in 10 years time conversations will be “do you remember the yellow pages and Facebook” Lee
  10. Lee


    I set up an e-commerce site which include online slot booking for bike servicing, online booking for bike box hire but the page that’s most successful is a used bikes page because we link to bikes on Facebook groups and now on a local level it’s constantly being looked at and referred too. It’s a case of thinking outside the box sometimes. i didn’t look at cracking a national market but focused on a local one. Its upscalable as I grow. I used free software and it only cost me a couple of days work to set up. (www.bikespeeds.com) Lee
  11. Lee

    Best Supplier for Laces

    Agree with da miller the sovereign range are bang on the money at the minute for range and packaging.
  12. I always grind mine on the tormak sharpener. Takes a bit of practice and it’s not something I’d want to do trade but if your patient you can command a good price for something few others can do.
  13. Lee


    30+ years, no ailments but do struggle with lifting push bikes on and off a stand all day now, often leave work with a back ache but that’s only the last 3 years!
  14. Please please take a look at the trailer for our new YouTube series we put up today. my Son Simon and I have spent thousands on lights, cameras and equipment to produce this mini series and tonight it all begins to come together for us! Over a hundred views within the hour and lots of talk about “Bikespeeds” on the socials. lee
  15. As a lot of you will know I took a slightly different direction with my business and am beginning to create quite a strong brand in my local area. we’ve done everything we can to protect the online identity of “the brand” but one area I’d like to tighten is our YouTube identity. In order to get a custom url on YouTube you have to have 100 subscribers to your channel so I’m asking if as many of you as possible could subscribe to our Chanel so I can bag our URL if you could subscribe and stay subscribed for maybe 6months minimum (if it’s not your thing!) then hopefully we will grow generically enough so sustain our 100 subscribers! this is our latest video and you can hit the subscribe button from it Click the subscribe button on our videos https://youtu.be/aub0GX_6w_Y
  16. Lee

    No, no , no

    I had a man bring in three fake bolex's a week ago, he new two where fake, but as his brother had given him the other was 100% convinced it was genuine. I fixed them all, skirted around the issue of authenticity & sent him on his merry way!
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    Carp in .Eps

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  19. Lee

    Renata gold.

    interestingly no where has anyone published the actual Mah rating for these. just that they last up to 60% longer. i'd like to see the rating first before deciding if they are value for money.
  20. eBay item number: 382326495947
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    Embracing change

    my card payments are a percentage of any amount of turn over. it doesn't matter if its 10p or £100 the percentage remains the same. I added this percentage to everything so if I take a cash transaction its happy days. If i take a card for a pound it makes no difference.
  22. Lee

    Broken fake.

    I think you handled it well she'll know she got a good price at £40 for a fake & by this time next week you'd have forgotten all about it as it didn't break the bank. reputation intact. I always say you don't know how good a supplier is until something goes wrong. Lee
  23. Woodware Repetitions hold or held all the old Barnsley tools after they ceased trading. But the are so antiquated they have no web presence and even still type their invoices. I brought from them only a year or two ago so I assume they are still with us. Get yourself a meths burner from them also. heating up the tools makes a massive difference to the end result. And whilst your at it. get an iron to close down your stitching grove the times I see pictures on social media of a half tidy repair with a ragged stitching grove, its like those who get pictured the union jack inside out like Laura Kenny at the cycling last night, both wind me right up!
  24. Lee

    Spring Bars

    I've got all sizes too if you need any Lee
  25. Lee

    fishy watches

    pointed peg wood, then flat peg wood(similar to a cock tail stick, except when like me the day after a half day you think "Dam I forgot to buy cocktail sticks" and order peg wood as its easy to add to an order) & a toothbrush before opening. never a wire brush!