Association of Cycle Traders
The Association of Cycle Traders, best known as the ACT, is the largest cycling trade organisation in the UK and one of the most progressive trade associations in the outdoor, leisure and sports arenas.
ACT is a non-profit making, membership organisation, which represents the interests of c.2500 specialist independent cycle shops, hire centres, workshops and their supply partners throughout the UK.
Established early last century, ACT is committed to the support and longevity of speciality cycle retailing, delivering width of consumer choice, service and value.
ACT recognise that people are at the heart of speciality retail and is committed to supporting the recruitment and development of quality individuals throughout the UK cycle trade.
ACT developed and owns Cytech, the bicycle industry's training and accreditation scheme for cycle mechanics and retail staff. Cytech delivers training and promotion of technical skills to the bicycle trade and cyclists at large.
You can find out more about Cytech here.
ACT and its members invest in the creation of consumer focused initiatives, which deliver service and value to cyclists throughout the UK via a large independent retail network. For example, Ride it away cycle finance, the WorkRiders cycling to work programme, Experts gift cards, Fetch Recovery Centres, Bikesoup cycle marketplace, Cytech for skills development and of course this website, central to which is the leading shop search available in UK.
ACT is a founder member of the UK Cycling Alliance an influential group of organisations committed to the development of cycling and cycling facilities. ACT is also represented on the Board of Bike Week, the largest annual celebration of cycling throughout the UK and is a regular contributor to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group.
Through ACT's partnership with ActSmart, the association is a very active participant in small business organisations, including the Independent Retailers Confederation and the influential Retail Policy Forum as well as contributing to the All Party Parliamentary Small Shops Group.
You can find a list of full ACT members, who fulfill the association's membership criteria here.
It is our members who enable ACT to continue promoting and developing the national network of specialist cycle retailers, doing our best to ensure a bright future for cycling and cyclists throughout the UK.
The ACT trade website
If you have a career or a business with interests in the cycle market and would like to find out about joining the ACT click here to visit the trade site.