A Tunbridge Wells company has been short-listed in the Best Rural Start Up Business category in a nation-wide awards scheme backed by Amazon.

CountryBike has made in through to the final six of the Rural Business Awards to be judged in February.

CountryBike has cycles to hire at Penshurst Place
CountryBike has cycles to hire at Penshurst Place

CountryBike is a bike-hire business that offers a delivery and collection service to customers’ homes and also has bikes available at various popular tourists spots across both Kent and Sussex, where the cycles can be rented using an app.

The locations include Penshurst Place, The Spa Valley Railway at Groombridge and Horam on the Cuckoo Trail.

The company was founded in December 2017, by Suzy and Tim Seddon from Fordcombe.

Mr Seddon said: “This summer we’ve been absolutely rushed off our feet – which is brilliant.

“More and more people through lockdown have thought they might want to try cycling and if we can help people to get out and smell the fresh air that’s wonderful!”

Tim and Suzy Seddon, the owners of CountryBike
Tim and Suzy Seddon, the owners of CountryBike

The company said business was 200% up on the previous year.

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