Join The Scottish Mountain Bike Consortium

Benefits of Membership

Mountain Biking is already worth £130 million annually to the Scottish economy, and is set to grow by 10% in the next 3 years from 2014 (Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland, Review of Mountain Biking Developments and Potential Opportunities in the Scottish Enterprise Area, 2014).

The SMBC has been established to play an active part in developing the products and experiences required to exploit the potential of this growing market. As a member you will enjoy:

  • A higher profile for your business through the marketing and promotion of the SMBC
  • Networking with other business owners and exploring opportunities for joint working
  • The opportunity to secure more work for your business as a result of the SMBC’s marketing and networking activities
  • Contributing to the setting of higher standards and placing your business at the cutting edge of mountain biking provision in Scotland
  • Access to the experience and knowledge base of other members and directors
  • Access to marketing and promotional support for your events and facilities
  • Invitations to networking events and workshops
  • Access to a database of members
  • Discounted consultancy support (if required) to implement the SMBC Code of Practice for your service/product
  • Discounted member to member offers
  • Access to discounts from affiliated businesses e.g. Haglofs, Scotloo, etc.
  • The added value and synergy gained from the power of the SMBC brand.
  • Option to be part of an established and respected series of SMBC managed events
  • Other SMBC members looking out for opportunities for you – all we ask is that you look out for opportunities for your fellow members

We currently have two levels of membership:

Members:  The SMBC is seeking to attract new members whose activities can directly contribute to the work of the consortium and whose company visions are aligned with those of other consortium members.

Associate Members:  The SMBC is looking to attract associate members whose products, services and activities complement the work of the consortium and who have a keen interest in mutually beneficial promotion.

SMBC is run by a board of directors who are elected by the wider membership.

A requirement of SMBC membership is to abide by our code of practice.

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SMBC Membership Details & Guidelines

Member Directors
Member Directors develop the overall aims and aspiration of the group and are responsible for the development and implementation of the annual SMBC work plan. The work plan is broken down in to quarterly plans outlining activities, dates for group meetings and outcomes achieved. Member Directors meet up to 8 times per year, take responsibility for implementing themes within the plan and are responsible for the monitoring of the financial position of the Consortium. Meetings, Facebook and Skype are utilised to record progress and identify future actions and activities.
Each Member Director pays an annual subscription of £50 and upon agreement can appoint additional Member Directors (to a maximum of 12) who embrace the ethos of the consortium and agree to abide by the Member Agreement and Articles of Association.
Members
SMBC seeks to attract Members whose activities can directly contribute to the work of the consortium. Membership is through written application and agreed by a majority vote of Member Directors. Members may also be invited to join upon agreement of Member Directors. The following guidelines apply:

– Members are bound by SMBC member agreement, articles of association and code of practice to ensure any association with SMBC is aligned to its overall aims and aspirations
– Members are eligible to attend networking events including the AGM
– Members to member collaborations and commercial transactions are encouraged
– Annual subscription to SMBC is £50.00
A list of member benefits and code of practice is attached in appendix 1
Associates:
SMBC will look to attract Associates whose products, services and activities compliment the work of the consortium. Associates may also approach SMBC to become an Associate. Associates are not bound by a code of practice, member agreement or articles of association and are not required to make any form of subscription to SMBC. They are requested to provide offers to SMBC Members and are asked to contribute financially to SMBC as a result of any income generated directly by being associated with the consortium e.g. 1% of revenue generated. This arrangement is voluntary, based on trust and not ‘policed’ by SMBC. The list of approved associates is available to all Members.

Appendix 1
Member Requirements
Members must share the vision of the Consortium. Family mountain biking activity must be a core and important element of your organisations remit
Members must adhere to the SMBC’s Code of Practice
Members must be open to sharing relevant information with other members
Members must agree to provide offers to other members
Agree to keep all membership information within the member’s group and not to divulge to non-members
Actively promote aims of SMBC and other members through social media and other methods as appropriate
Benefits to becoming a Member
Mountain biking is already worth £119 million to the Scottish economy, and is set to grow by 30% in the next 5 years. The SMBC has been established to play an active part in developing the products and experiences required in order to exploit the potential of this growing market. As a member you will have:
– Access to the experience and knowledge base of other members and directors
– Networking with like-minded private sector mtb businesses with a common goal
– Access to marketing and promotional support for your events and facilities
– Invitation to networking events and workshops
– Access to a database of members
– Discounted consultancy support (if required) to implement the SMBC Code of Practice for your service/product
– Discounted member to member offers
– Access to discount from affiliated businesses e.g. Haglofs, Scotloo etc
– Brand power and shared marketing
– Option to be part of an established and respected series of SMBC managed events

Members’ Code of Practice
Facility Providers
You are encouraged to subscribe to Visit Scotland ‘Cyclists Welcome’ scheme. Additional family friendly facilities are:
ESSENTIAL
• Jargon free communication
• Safe, wide parking within close proximity to accommodation
• Clean, large toilet/changing facilities
• Safe storage of bikes/ belongings, bike rack, wash etc
• Access to a range of kids bikes for all ages and sizes
• Appropriately graded runs
• Friendly staff to encourage learning and progression
• Short-time (from ½ hour) incremental rentals
OPTIONAL
• Things to do/find out on your journey
• Food and drink provided events should be of a high standard, healthy and wholesome
• Peripheral activities provided for families (craft tent/nature walks/face-painting)
• Access to purchase accessories/spares
• Trail/track in view of café/seating area
• Well signed trail (kid friendly height) and trail maps
• Interpretation boards to enhance the trail (flora/fauna)
• Instruction programmes available and aimed at kids
• Short routes with numerous stop-off points
Guides/Coaches
ESSENTIAL
• Has family mtb guiding and coaching at the core of their business activity
• Holds full, correct and up to date qualification tickets, first aid and insurance
• Abides by NGB rules and guidelines relating to ratios, route choices
• Good relationship with other members, guides and coaches and willing to work together or exchange business where possible
• Willing to offer discounted prices and special rates to SMBC members
Events Planners/Organisers
ESSENTIAL
• Child/family friendly activities e.g. junior races/balance bike races should be part of all SMBC affiliated events
• Full risk assessment for each event
• Adequate insurance cover
• Adequate marshal and first aid provision
• PA system
• Programme schedule visible and well communicated
• Provision of undercover seating area/marquee with tables and chairs for spectators wherever possible
• Adequate provision of working toilets (including baby/toddler provision) with plenty of toilet paper/paper towels. All toilets provided must be inspected and cleaned regularly
• Great food (with healthy kids options) by local provider serving great coffee
• Peripheral activities provided for families where possible (craft tent/nature walks/face-painting)
• Adequate parking
OPTIONAL
• Timing equipment
• Published timings and results displayed at the event
• MC
• Spectator provision e.g. transportation, viewpoints etc
• Goodie bags/prizes
• Demo bikes/hire, Airbag
• Skills loop/track
• Coaching
• Video/photos of event
• Race themes e.g. fancy dress
• Social media pre and post event
• Branded merchandisng