It was an absolute pleasure last week to catch up with Darrin Robinson, former Clinical Director of Integrated Dental Holdings and now founder of BeaconFell bikes.

After a 15-year spell in Britain’s largest dental corporate, Darrin decided to leave the company when they were acquired by Carlyle and spend some time looking around for a new direction.

Ultimately he was in a position to take his time and explore the world of business outside – and also to align his continued work ethic with a desire to explore the world of the owner-manager and follow a lifetime passion for cycling.

It was fascinating to hear the story of how he concluded that there was a gap in the market for a new British cycle manufacturer and his journey to create the brand and then source the time, money, people and systems necessary to make it happen.

Gerber would be proud – Darrin has created a profitable and growing business with links to celebrities in the world of entertainment and sport.

Anyone watching Davina McCall’s recent charity journey across Britain would have seen her riding one of BeaconFell’s bikes.

Knowing how keen many of my dental contacts are on cycling, I’ve asked Darrin to think about setting up a special event for 7connections clients and friends – watch out for further news.

I was inspired by Darrin’s story and motivated to get my bike out of The Bunker and back on the road.

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