Driving down narrow streets lined by stone houses I feel like my satnav is leading me astray. This is far from a conventional location to find one of the world's leading component manufacturers, but then again Hope Technology isn’t your conventional company.
Founded from humble moto-trials beginnings in 1989 by the late Simon Sharp and Ian Wetherhill, Hope has expanded into the 120-strong team it is today. Hope’s growth stems from their introduction of new products, which are mostly driven out of personal riding requirements rather than being market led. The thirst for more space led them to their new Barnoldswick premises in 2011, where all their component machining and new carbon layups take place.
To put Hope’s success in perspective, the company started with a meager 400 square feet of factory space yet now occupies a mammoth 100,000 square-foot facility. In other words, there are plenty of intriguing processes, machines, and components to look at when taking a stroll along the factory floor...