On your Rothar!

On Your Rothar!  Update on DMA 2011 Winner – Anne Bedos

Originally from France, Anne Bedos, the first ever female winner of the DMA, moved to Ireland in 2004.  She founded Rothar - a bike shop with a social focus - in 2008 after working in the charity and community development sector for more than 10 years.  Rothar is a not-for-profit that recycles discarded bikes and provides training and job opportunities to people from disadvantaged communities.  It also sells refurbished bicycles, accessories and second hand parts and offers classes on bicycle repairs.

Originally Rothar operated from Phibsboro, Dublin and since winning DMA in January of last year, they have opened a bicycle café on Fade Street which is now a meeting point for a lot of bike enthusiasts who also enjoy a good coffee!   Rothar was one of the winners of the Arthur Guinness Fund earlier this year which means they will be able to open a third shop in Dun Laoghaire by the end of 2012!

Since winning the 2011 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards, Rothar has doubled its workforce, receive twice as many bikes as before and now have a team of 7 paid staff and 30 volunteers.  www.rothar.ie








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