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Reid Bikes Hires New Product Manager

Published October 13, 2021

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Reid are excited to announce that they have now hired their first dedicated product manager. Having previously been a role that both Founder, James Reid and Managing Director, Rob Akam had undertaken, Reid has now grown to such a scale where they needed a dedicated employee in the role to help grow the brand and their products further.

After a lengthy search process and several discussions with potential applicant's Reid couldn't be happier to have now welcomed Leon Stimpson to the team as their new Product Manager.

Leon joins Reid with a lifetime of experience in the biking world both professionally and for pleasure, having recently headed up product development at Forme Bikes, where he doubled their range size and created the largest eBike range from a UK brand.

Leon Stimpson "saw a lot of potential with Reid as they are an exciting brand with a great global presence. I also share the same values in that a bicycle can look great, ride well, but also be affordable. Reid is already very well established outside of the EU but hopefully I can help grow the love for the brand inside the EU in the near future. I have already started on a refresh of the road bike range, some new Cruisers and I am overseeing some exciting new mid level MTB's. I am really looking forward to getting stuck into Reid eBike range, we use the Ananda system which has some very impressive stats and I can't wait to see what I can do with it."

Rob Akam, Managing Director "I am very excited by this new appointment of Leon as our Product Manager. Leon brings with him an extensive knowledge of both the technical side of bikes but also an innate ability to understand what the end consumer desires and how to deliver this at incredible price points. This hire only looks to further support our core value of making great quality affordable products, as Leon draws on his experience to take our range to the next level for both our distributors and customers alike."

This hire is the latest in a recent staff expansion at Reid over the past year, where the international team has seen itself nearly double to both support their current distribution network and to capitalise on new opportunities in the market. The majority of these hires have been in the support functions of the business, allowing Reid to gain better insight and control into shipping and product, both of which have suffered significant industry-wide issues and delays over the past year. Reid however have been able to combat this and grow, with record shipments for the company since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic and more distribution partners now than ever before.

However the hiring doesn't stop there! Reid are currently looking for the last piece to their current puzzle in the form of an International Sales Executive to help support the sales function of the business and join a proactive team who have been signing new distribution partners at the rate of one per month. Joining their team in Poole, Dorset, this is an exciting opportunity, for a salesperson who is looking to work with international clients with a dedicated support team around them.

Leon Stimpson.

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