1 Kingsholm Road,
Gloucester
GL1 3AX
Tel: 01452 530528
Tel: 01452 381699
Fax: 01452 530529

 

 

 

Welcome to Discount cycle warehouse Ltd.

 

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We don't sell cheap bikes, just quality bikes at good competitive prices...

We are Gloucester's biggest Cycle Scheme Dealer.

 

We have a huge range of Cycles in stock, many different makes.

Please click the BIKES link above to view the range of cycles

 

Click the cyclescheme link below or look down our page for information on cycle scheme.

Come on down to our shop and get a quote.

You could have your cycle within 3 weeks.

 

WWW.CYCLESCHEME.CO.UK

 

Cyclescheme

 

 

Who are Cyclescheme?

Cyclescheme is the UK’s number one administrator for the Government's Green Transport Plan Initiative. Cyclescheme offers the most admin-friendly scheme for employers and the greatest choice of bikes and equipment for employees as Cyclescheme is partnered with around 1,600 independent bike shops. throughout the UK and also in Eire.

What's the process of getting a tax free bike for work through Cyclescheme?

Step 1. Once an employer has entered into a contract with Cyclescheme (employers can sign up via this website) any employees wishing to participate need to visit a Cyclescheme Partner Shop to choose the bike and, if required, safety equipment. Find participating bike shops using the search on this website.

Step 2. Employees then apply for a Cyclescheme Certificate by finding out their Cyclescheme Employer Code and entering the information provided by the bike shop online.  The employee will usually sign an online Hire Agreement at this time.

Step 3. If the employer approves their application they will countersign the Hire Agreement and pay Cyclescheme for the full retail price of the bike and equipment.

Step 4. Cyclescheme will then issue a Certificate to either the employee or the employer, wherever is requested.

Step 5. The Certificate is then redeemed in the bike shop and exchanged for the bike package. Salary sacrifice then commences over the hire period (usually 12 months).

Step 6. At the end of the hire period the owner of the bike may choose to offer the employee ownership of the bike for a full market value.

Please note that although the above procedure applies to the vast majority of schemes. there are some variations to the above which are a result of the way an employer’s scheme is set up, such as if they are using a finance company (see below) or a benefits provider.

Who can participate in the scheme?

There is no minimum or maximum company size necessary to sign up to the scheme. Eligible employees must: be paying PAYE, earn more than the National Minimum Wage after salary sacrifice, and have a contract that does not end during the hire period. Employees who earn close to the National Minimum Wage following salary sacrifice may wish to discuss with their employer the option of loan or pool bikes.  There is no credit check for employees wishing to participate.
Under 18s can join the scheme if their guardian signs a guarantor agreement.

What is salary sacrifice and how are savings made?

Salary sacrifice occurs when an employee agrees to give up part of their salary for an agreed period (in the case of the Cycle to Work scheme this is usually 12 months) in exchange for some kind of non-cash benefit, such as the loan of a bicycle and safety equipment, As salary sacrifice is taken from the gross salary (before tax) rather than net pay it means the employee pays less income tax and National Insurance. Employers that can reclaim VAT usually pass this saving on to their employees, which increases savings further. Employers also save on Secondary Class NICs (usually around 12.8%) as the amount they’re paying in wages is also lower. See www.hmrc.gov.uk/specialist/salary_sacrifice.pdf for a more detailed explanation.

What are the savings?

Typical savings are between 40% and 50%, but the actual amount depends on the employee’s personal tax band and the way the employer runs their scheme. Higher rate taxpayers will save more, employees whose company cannot reclaim VAT (the NHS, for example) will save less. If the employer uses external finance (i.e. borrows the money to buy the bikes from an outside agent) then savings will be approximately 5% lower.

What bikes are available?

Employees can choose any bike - including electric bikes, folding bikes and other specialist cycles, - providing it can be provided by one of Cyclescheme’s 1,600 Partner Shops. Please see the ‘Find a Bike’ search facility on this website for stockists of bike brands and your local Cyclescheme Partner Shops. If the employer wants to supply bikes costing over £1000 (retail price including VAT) they will need to purchase an individual Consumer Credit Licence, so many employers limit the package value to £1000 inc. VAT. Please note that obtaining bikes for friends and family is not permitted; the bike must be for the employee.

Can a bike be provided by mail order specialist?

Cyclescheme's Partner Shops are capable of supplying bike packages by mail order, but there are distinct advantages to getting bikes from local bike shops that will be the first port of call for advice, servicing, after sales and warranty. Some mail-order specialists are not part of the Cyclescheme Partner network. Please note that any delivery fees for mail order bikes must be paid for outside of the scheme (i.e. do not qualify for tax relief).

Who actually owns the bike?

The bike and goods remain the property of the employer throughout the hire period, unless the employer uses a finance company to fund the bikes; in this case the finance company or funding bank will own the bikes.

Who is responsible for maintaining the bike and what happens if it is stolen?

It is the employee’s responsibility to maintain the bike. Cyclescheme Partner Shops will be able to advise about maintenance and servicing depending on how the bike is used and many shops offer a free first service. If the bike is stolen the employee will be liable for any outstanding monies without any tax exemptions, so it's very important that employees insure the bikes. Safety equipment including Home Office-approved 'Sold Secure' D-locks and cable locks can be obtained as part of the scheme.

What's the best way to insure the bike?

Household policies are usually the cheapest option but employees must ensure that the insurer covers the bike when in storage away from your home, and that the bike's value doesn't exceed the upper claim limit. If the bike can't be covered on a home insurance policy, we recommend Cycleguard (www.cycleguard.co.uk) for insurance (who offer Cyclescheme customers a 10% discount).

Does the bike have to be used for commuting?

Employees should use the bike mainly for commuting to and, if relevant, between work places (at least 50% of the bike’s use should be for work purposes). However, the bike can also be used for non-work purposes and there is no need for employers to monitor individual usage or for employees to keep a mileage log. Please note that employees can not claim business mileage allowance with a bike obtained under the scheme as the bike belongs to the employer.

What happens at the end of the hire period?

At the end of the hire period employees may be given the opportunity to buy the bike for a full market value, however this cannot be an automatic entitlement. The cost of full market value cannot be stated before or during the hire period as this could be considered a benefit in kind and therefore not be eligible for tax benefits. Many employers opt for Cyclescheme to take ownership of the bikes at the end of the hire term, in which case any offer sale to the employee will come directly from Cyclescheme. 

What happens if an employee leaves their job or is made redundant?

Once signed, the Hire Agreement is non-cancellable following a cooling-off period of 7 working days following collection of the goods. This means that if an employee leaves or is made redundant from their employment during the hire period they are obliged to pay the remaining salary sacrifice amount in full from net pay i.e. without any tax exemptions.

 

How much could I save?

 

The Cyclescheme calculator can show you the great savings that you can make on a bike and accessories through the scheme.

What to do if your employer is running the scheme

If your employer is running the scheme already, they will have been issued with a unique code. Type this code into the first box in the calculator.

The calculator will retrieve specific information about your scheme (eg VAT status, NI rates and any finance charges) and apply these to the savings calculation to make sure it's as accurate as possible.

What to do if your employer is not yet signed up

Leave the employer code blank and fill in the rest of the information to get an example calculation. If your employer cannot claim back VAT (NHS trusts, charities and some financial institutions, for example, cannot) then you'll need to click on No to exclude VAT from the calculation.

Each scheme is different, and savings depend on the way the scheme is run. If your employer is not yet registered, we cannot guarantee that the savings shown here will be accurate, as they cannot take into account the individual circumstances of your employer.

 

 

 

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