A MOTORCYCLE shop in Belmont is undergoing refurbishments following a takeover by new owners.

Sean Wood and Ashley Drinkwater have taken over the the Bolton Motorcycle Workshop Belmont, after the previous owners moved on to new ventures after 14 years in charge.

And the duo are both biking enthusiasts who are looking to carry on the popular shop with new-and-improved features.

Sean said: “We are going through a few changes and having a bit of work done, but we are both motorbike mad so it is a brilliant new project for us.

“It was previously just an MOT and service centre with a motorbike workshop, which we will keep for the time being. We are also looking at buying and selling motorbikes and becoming a bit of a dealership - we would start off small but we would love to expand from that.”

The workshop is based at Belmont Bleach Works in Egerton Road, in the heart of the countryside and close to biking hotspots such as the Blue Lagoon and Rivington.

The workshop is popular with the biking community including the Rivi Barn Bikers, which boast dozens of members.

The group is well-known in Bolton and beyond for their charitable ventures.

Sean is to deal with the service side of things, having prior experience of running businesses, while Ashley is set to deal with the accounting side.

Sean added: “We have done a lot of work but we know that this has been a very popular place for a long time so we didn’t want to lose the character of the place.

“We are opening slowly with limited services available for people but we are hoping we can open fully as soon as we are allowed.”

Among other things, the duo are working on a new customer waiting area, where those waiting can relax with refreshments in a nice, modern area.

Sean, from Bromley Cross, added: “It is really exciting and we are optimistic for the future. I’ve had experience in different kinds of businesses so I hope that we can carry on with the shop and turn it into a success.”

For more information on the workshop and for further detail on what services they offer, email contactus@bleachworksbikeshed.com or call 01204 811646.