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Shop of the Month

Each month an independent retailer is selected as the IRC shop of the month - vote for your choice now!

IRC member organisations can nominate one independent retailer from their industry for the shop of the month award, with the winner selected by website visitors - trade, consumers and MPs.

May Shop of the Month

Hewitt Cycles, Lancashire

Hewitt Cycles first opened in June 1994 and within a short period of time established itself as a shop that could fulfil the needs of various types of cyclist.

Starting from an extremely small shop - less than 600 sq.ft, several favourable magazine reviews and the success of the Cheviot range of touring cycles led to a move to their current, larger premises on Preston Road in Leyland, Lancashire.




Vote for your Shop of the Month

Vote for your chosen winner via the poll on the left. At the end of the month the retailer with the highest number of votes will be become the IRC Shop of the Month!



Skyline Cycles, Port Talbot

Set up in 2004, Skyline Cycles is situated at the trail head of Afan Forest Park in Port Talbot.

Supplying the best quality and best value equipment and service to trail riders visiting the area, the shop, demo and hire centre boasts a fully-fitted workshop manned by Cytech qualified mechanics.


The shop stocks top range bikes from brands including Orange, Santa Cruz and Genesis, specialising in custom-builds.



Merlin Archery, Loughborough 

Merlin was one of the first companies to realize the advantages of machined riser bows, before many of the major companies introduced them. After being continually let down on deliveries by sub-contractors, he bought his own C.N.C. machine, and had it installed at his premises. This opened up new opportunities, and was the beginning of what is now a thriving machine shop running seven days a week using between 2 and 3 tonnes of 6082 aluminium each month.

Today Merlin has some of the most sophisticated software systems, capable not only of producing machined components, but 3D modeling and mold tools are also designed and produced in house.






INK@84, London

Selling stories, dreams, drink and conviviality in N5...

INK@84 is a new independent bookshop-cafe in Highbury, North London. The booksellers are passionate about books, reading and curation, offering the very best new fiction and non-fiction titles for both adults and children, together with a selection of classics and evergreens. They also serve fabulous coffee, delicious natural sodas and craft beer, wine and artisan gin in the evenings. Stop in for a browse and a drink.