A start-up mobility scooter lease and repair service based in Dunoon, Scotland, is building on its customer base and has plans to expand after it received support from Business Gateway.
Zero Peden Mobility was set up last year by a husband and wife team who are using their own experiences of disability to improve local mobility services for other people in a similar situation.
Eloise Peden purchased a mobility scooter which her husband, Craig, who is a mechanic, was able to repair and adapt.
Now Zero Peden believes it can fill a gap in the market in its local area, where it functions in a similar way to a Shopmobility service. Both locals and visitors are able to hire out scooters from its base.
Eloise Peden told the Campbel Town Courier: “Our own experience with my physical disability allows us to understand what people need. We know what it’s like to live with a disability and that’s why we want to provide solutions that will ultimately help people and allow them to have a better standard of living.
“Our scooters can also be used by older members of the community who can’t walk as far or for as long as they used to, but still want to get out and about.
“Business Gateway were a great support and we have benefited from one-to-one advice and the free workshops in the area on different business issues. Our adviser’s knowledge of possible funding sources as well as the free workshops on offer helped us enormously. We also had support from Firstport who gave us a VitalSpark and Social Entrepreneurs fund awards.”