New motorbike business keeping it in the family

ONE Weston family have turned their passion for motorbikes into a brand new business.

Kevan and Julie Scott and their daughters Zoe and Emily have stepped into the world of independent business with their new venture, JDL Motorcycle Gear, in Lynx Crescent off Winterstoke Road.

The business sells a range of motorbike gear, from helmets and jackets to tax disc holders and oils.

Mr Scott used to work as European sales and marketing director for Japanese fixing firm Negurosu, but says he decided to pack it in to launch the family venture.

The 45-year-old of Southville Road said: “To be honest if I had continued working in my previous job we would probably be better off, but this is much more about a lifestyle change for all of us and it’s really about us being able to work together as a team.

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“It will be great for all of us to be able to work together as a family.”

Mr Scott has had a long-term passion for motorbikes, having bought his first one when he was 17.

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He has been joined by wife Julie, aged 44, and 17-year-old daughter Zoe, who is currently at Weston College and is studying for her own motorbike test.

Youngest daughter Emily, aged 15, is at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, but gets stuck in with the rest of the family at weekends.

He continued: “We had a family meeting, and both of the girls said they didn’t want to go to university and that they wanted to get involved.

“So they now have some of the money that had been set aside for them to go to university to ensure they have a proper stake in the business.

“They have both learned business studies at school so they will be well prepared for it.”

The shop’s range of gear ranges from gloves, helmets, boots and jackets to essential repair and servicing items such as tyres, locks and oils.

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