Ryan Charlwood is already a household name for fans of high octane superbike racing having been part of the team which retained the British Sidecar Championships at the world famous Silverstone track last autumn.
And with his new online pre-booked parking business Parking More, this ambitious 27-year-old entrepreneur from Dover is now seeking to bring that same level of success to Discovery Park.
The web-focused company currently has a team of four but Ryan intends to grow to 16 staff within 12 months and establish the firm as a key employer in the area for young people – giving them the opportunity to develop digital skills.
His ambitions don’t stop there having set himself and his team a target of becoming the number one brand in the UK for pre-booked parking – which includes airports, town centre and event parking sites.
“We soft launched the company in December, but from this month we’re really going hell for leather in terms of getting our name out there and get bookings for our customers and save them money too,” Ryan said.
“I’d left a job last summer with the market leader for airport parking with the intention of focusing on my superbiking as a career but realised I could use put my experience to good use by going it alone.
“And so while I still intend to keep my hand in – not least because we’ve just signed a new contract with Kawasaki – that will remain my side line and hobby as I build up Parking More at Discovery Park.
“We already have access to 100 parking sites around the UK with customers able to use our fully responsive website to click and book from a choice of airport and town centre sites.
“One of the things we will offer customers – in addition to savings on their parking – is a trust guarantee that we check each and every car park to ensure it meet the standard they expect.”
As for the reasons for selecting Discovery Park, Ryan said it was the site’s wow factor that drew him back to a site he had known well as a child with his father owning a haulage business close by.
I knew Discovery Park well and decided to go in and have a look to see if it would be suitable for my business. I fell in love with the vibe of the place. It really has the WOW factor.”
Anna Stone, Leasing Director, Discovery Park, said: “We are delighted to have Parking More here at Discovery Park and will be there to help them in any way we can as the business expands.
“This is a place not only for science and technology but for enterprise in all its forms and wish the company every success.”