MIV Catch Up - Swifty Scooters
Swifty Scooters co-founders Jason and Camilla Iftakhar joined us on Twitter for #MIVReveals on Wednesday 1st March 2017.
Swifty Scooters was founded in 2011 and through the power of design and engineering, is now known for manufacturing the most beautiful and innovative adult scooters. Swifty has already been endorsed by high profile collaborations, notably The Conran Shop (London and Paris) and Paul Smith (worldwide). They now also offer custom painted frames, which are hand finished in Swifty HQ in Salford, UK.
@swiftyscooters Thanks for joining us today, could you explain to us what it is you do? #MIVReveals
We design and manufacture kick-scooters for adults - they’re well made, feel great to ride and have large pneumatic wheels #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters Can you tell us a little bit more about your background and what inspired you to #startup your business? #MIVReveals
Founded by design duo Camilla and Jason Iftakhar 6 years ago, Swifty began as a last mile solution for urban mobility with our foldable commuter scooter SwiftyONE - it’s now become much more than that #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters How did you go about setting up the company and developing your product range? #MIVReveals
We launched at London Design Week in 2011 where we had 20 scooters, all hand built here in Manchester - we sold out in 3 days. We have grown organically ever since! Our product range grew as we discovered the potential in our scooters - we began riding them for longer distances and over rougher terrain #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters What makes your business unique and differentiates you from your #competitors? #MIVReveals
Because we use our own products every day, we really value the quality of ride over anything else - scooting has got to be fun, smooth and fast! And our scooters look really good too #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters What have been the biggest challenges in business so far? #MIVReveals
The design is definitely the easy bit for us! - as for any start up, the challenges to date have revolved around supply chain and cash flow
@swiftyscooters What type of financial and #mentoring support have you received? #MIVReveals
We’ve had support from the Manchester Growth Hub, Access to Finance and the DIT who have been great #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters We all know that juggling a business is hard work, how do you manage your time and ensure everything gets done? #MIVReveals
We start work early and have a great team! Family time is important to us too as we have two young kids. #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters What would you say is your proudest #business moment to date? #MIVReveals
Probably our launch back in 2011 - we had a large export order and signed up our collaboration with Paul Smith which sold in 8 countries around the world in that week. #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters What advice would you give to other #entrepreneurs looking to set up their #ownbusiness? #MIVReveals
Stick to your values when you have a tough decision to make - persevere and don't give up! #MIVReveals
@swiftyscooters what does the future hold - any exciting plans we should keep an eye out for? #MIVReveals
We have loads going on - we have a new adventure scooter SwiftyAIR arriving soon and a new super light SwiftyONE Marine foldable scooter too! #MIVReveals
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