Dirt Factory increases crowd fund target after reaching £300,000 in 16 days

AN ONLINE campaign to raise funds for the UK’s first indoor bike park has gone into overfunding after smashing its initial £300,000 target in just over half the allotted time.

Dirt Factory founder Dan Makin with team
Dirt Factory founder Dan Makin with team

Dirt Factory indoor bike park will be located in Greater Manchester and designed specifically for mountain bikes and BMXs.

To turn the plans into a reality the team, from Saddleworth and Oldham, were initially aiming to raise £300,000 via online crowd fund platform, Crowdcube.

But now they have increased their target to £450,000 after high demand and interest from impressed investors.

Entrepreneur and former Dragons’ Den star, Piers Linney, is one of the investors backing Dirt Factory.

He said: “Dan and the Dirt Factory team contacted me a couple of years ago for advice on structure and how to develop their dream from a great plan into a business.

“Since then, their vision combined with unwavering persistence has really paid off as they have raised in excess of their initial target from over 300 private investors on Crowdcube.

“After consultation with myself and other investors the team increased the target to £450,000 to strengthen the offer and allow the more rapid development of key revenue streams.

“This is a huge success for a determined team that is tapping into the huge growth in all forms of cycling. The Dirt Factory will be a UK first and will no doubt become another regional cycling hub.

“As a keen mountain biker myself, having the ability to ride undercover all-year-round will be very welcome.”

3D model of Dirt Factory 5
3D model of Dirt Factory

The team behind Dirt Factory includes a construction project manager, mountain bike trail building specialists, marketing professionals and cycle coaches.

They have spent the past three years researching, developing their business plan and growing a strong supporter network.

Dan Makin, one of the founders and Directors of Dirt Factory, said: “Over the last few days the rate people have been investing in Dirt Factory has really increased.

“We’re delighted with the response from the crowd and urge others to find out more and invest before our campaign closes at the end of February.”

On reaching full funding, the team will turn an existing warehouse or distribution centre into a fun filled, sport and recreation centre with indoor bike trails made out of recycled dirt and shipping containers.

There are also plans for an on-site café, bike shop, classrooms and space for other businesses or social enterprises.

The Dirt Factory crowd fund is live until Monday 29 February 2016. To find out more and make an investment visit http://bit.ly/DFinvest


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