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Woolley and Wallis Partner to Ride Penny Farthing from Lands End to John O'Groats

Andrew Donald a partner with Woolley & Wallis and chartered accountant Chris Saltrick will be riding antique Penny Farthings on the 1,000 mile trip to raise money for Cancer Research.

They will set out on May 23 and hope to take about 13 days to reach the most northern tip of Scotland.

The two friends decided to attempt the challenge as their families have both been affected by cancer. Mr Saltrick’s mother has battled with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and Mr Donald lost his mother from bowel cancer

Chris said: ”We have both completed some long distance rides, but never on bike’s like these. It’s almost impossible to train for an event like this because even if we have a couple of hours to train, we can only cover about 20 miles. But we hope we can raise between £10,000 and £15,000 - maybe more if we can .”

Mr Donald said: “It is going to be the biggest challenge we have ever under taken.

“We are riding very big original 1880s bikes with solid tyres, no gears and no functional brakes. On my larger bike each full pedal revolution turns the front wheel over just under 5 metres, therefore it is very hard to pedal up hill and on some hills impossible without breaking the bikes or ourselves.

“Once that 57” wheel starts to spin on downhill it is impossible to slow down, there is only so much one can resist the fixed pedals. Unlike a more modern bike the pedals are fixed, there is no freewheel on a Penny Farthing and no other position than sitting on the saddle and keeping pedalling.

“We are undoubtedly going to get very sore. We are having to pick a route that sadly includes more main roads as they tend to have more gradual gradients and are less windy. Because of the age of the bikes they will break and break often. Any spares have to be individually made or on the trip may have to be improvised. “

Both men, who are keen cyclists and experienced on Penny Farthings, are raising money for Cancer Research UK and to help with the construction of the Francis Crick Institute in London which will be at the forefront of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer.

They have already gained sponsorship from Woolley & Wallis, Primera sport, Abacus vehicle hire and Flack Manor but are looking for other corporate and individual sponsors.

A similar ride was first completed in 1880 and then in 1882 by the Hon Ion Keith-Falconer who finished in 13 days. It is his time Mr Donald and Mr Saltrick hope to emulate.

To sponsor the ride go to www.justgiving.com/Oldcranksride

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Good News for Small Businesses wishing to expand

The autumn statement issued by the Chancellor on 6th December 2013 held good news for all small businesses and other businesses looking to expand in the retail, pub or restaurant sector.

Firstly the small business rates relief at the current rates of 100% under £6000 Rateable Value (RV) reducing to 0% up to £12,000 RV will continue for a further year. This is double the usual relief which is 50% reducing to 0% for the same RV figures.

Secondly if you are a ratepayer who currently receives small business rates relief and are looking to expand but are put off by the rates you will have to pay, you can think again. It was announced that when an additional property is taken by a business currently in receipt of the relief they will continue to receive their existing small business rate relief for 12 months after the occupation of the additional property.

Thirdly the statement introduces a discount of £1,000 for shops, pubs and restaurants with a RV of below £50,000 for two years up to the state aid limits. This will apply from 1st April 2014.

The last relief announced is for businesses who take on a retail property which has previously been vacant for at least 12 months. The ratepayer will receive a 50% reduction in their rates bill for the first 18 months of occupation.

We currently have a prime shop on Minster Street, Salisbury which would qualify for the 50% relief for 18 months, if you would like any further information on this property or rating advice please contact Woolley & Wallis on 01722 330333.

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