Pro Rider overhauls scooter range as parent group Tandem forecasts a boost in its bottom line

Mobility scooter supplier and distributor, Pro Rider, has fully redesigned its own scooter range, which it will launch at the Naidex show in Birmingham next month.

The company’s mobility equipment overhaul comes as its parent firm, Tandem Group plc, which also manufactures and retails sport and leisure equipment, releases its trading update ahead of its annual results 2017.

Despite a small reduction in turnover of around 4% to £36.8 million in the year ended 31 December 2017, the group’s net profit for the year is expected to be “significantly ahead” of the prior year.

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The group saw its direct B2C operations to continue to show revenue growth and directors said there was a strong focus during the year to improve its gross margin.

The directors’ report stated: “Despite cost pressures, we were able to achieve better supplier buying prices for a number of key products. Where this could not be successfully achieved, products were re-sourced.

“Additionally, in accordance with our ongoing product development programmes, a considerable number of new products were introduced across the group during 2017.

“Finally, there was a greater concentration on more profitable product lines. Group overheads reduced by approximately 3% for the year.”

The group said that its use of automated technology in its operations, logistics and distribution will continue to be streamlined to enable a more efficient process from customer order to despatch and delivery.

Pro Rider is part of the Expressco Direct Ltd family, and has traded in mobility products for more than 10 years. It deals in mobility scooters, wheelchairs, rise recliner chairs and access ramps. Some of its scooter brands include Kymco, TGA, Freerider and Drive, in addition to its own brand of scooter.

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