Accountants and business advisors Beever and Struthers advised Dan and his fellow founding directors, who have hit their initial target of raising £300,000 from investors - including entrepreneur and former Dragon's Den star Piers Linney - via crowdfunding on Crowdcube and have raised that target to £450,000 because of on-going strong demand.
Dirt Factory will be the UK's first indoor bike park dedicated to mountain and BMX biking enthusiasts aged three years-plus. Its exact location has yet to be confirmed but it will be housed in a former warehouse or distribution centre and feature indoor bike trails made from recycled dirt and shipping containers.
After spending three years researching the ambitious scheme, developing a business plan and growing a network of supporters, the founders plan to open the facility late 2016, depending on the premises and planning requirements going as programmed.
Claire Kennedy, partner at the Manchester head office of Beever and Struthers, heads a specialist team advising Dan and his fellow directors. She said: "Dan and the other founders of and investors in Dirt Factory epitomise the entrepreneurial spirit that burns bright in Greater Manchester and the wider North West and that helps to drive the region's economic prosperity.”
Dan Makin added: “We are very excited about bringing a unique leisure experience to Manchester and we applaud the support provided to us by Claire and colleagues. The service and support we received is everything a start-up business could wish for and we look forward to developing a partnership well into the future.”