Preston cycling brand hires new head of creative to spearhead growth plans

Preston’s world famous bikes firm Ribble Cycles has hired an international creative specialist to gear up its expansion plans.

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021, 7:00 am

Simon Picton has joined the Walton Summit based firm as its new Head of Creative. He has previously worked for world-class companies including BBC, SKY and more recently at Red Bull Media House holding the role of Senior Creative Manager in Austria.

The firm said the appointment was aligned to a “dynamic strategic vision and business plan” - which has seen an increasing demand for its world-class range of bikes.

It added that Simon Picton’s extensive 20 year creative experience will further enhance Ribble’s leading proposition, ensuring the 124 year old British bicycle brand remained at the forefront of digitally led multi-channel commerce, cutting edge design, innovative content and creative direction.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Simon Picton has joined bikes specialist Ribbole Cycles as head of creative

Simon said: “After spending five years in Salzburg, directing and producing sports and entertainment content for Red Bull Media House, I wanted to return to the UK and join a leading and forward-thinking British brand. Therefore, I am proud and delighted to be joining Ribble Cycles as its Head of Creative.

“I have enormous respect for Ribble’s heritage and its global ambitions are clear to see. I’m excited to be able to lead the brand’s content generation and creative direction in contribution to its exciting future growth strategy.”

He will be responsible for the overall creative direction of the business, leading the team and working with all departments to further Ribble’s position as a global market leader.

Chief executive Andy Smallwood, said: “The appointment of Simon to Head of Creative is a major part of our business and brand development plan.

"Attracting highly talented and experienced people to the team is a testament to our strategic vision and mission, which has dramatically evolved over recent years. Simon’s experience, at Red Bull and the other brands he has helped to drive forward, aligns perfectly with our next strategic phase and further growth.”

Ribble Cycles is based at Walton Summit but previously operated from a shop in Water Lane. In November 2015 True Capital bought out parent company Cyclesport North Limited.