When Sky Ballantyne, aged 11, won a school competition for her invention of a ‘learn to cycle’ harness, it was soon apparent that her product was going places.

It all started with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project in school in February 2014, when Sky’s holiday homework was to invent a product.

Developing the idea for Crikey Bikey

Just 3 months after winning the competition, Sky & her mum took her Crikey Bikey Harness  to the Hay Hub, an innovation initiative which forms part of the annual Hay Festival.

They were given £3,000 for product development, patenting and a website! To quote mum, Ali Ballantyne,  “we went in with a school project and came out with a business”.

Choosing a Crikey Bikey website

What better product to get the wheels rolling than a Grow Your Own website, designed to grow and develop alongside the business with a relatively low start up cost.    When the Ballantynes got in touch with Volute to discuss their website they instantly felt comfortable and confident with our approach.   Mum Ali said “we met Tim and he just got what the girls wanted straightaway.... he was enthusiastic, easy  to deal with and listened to Sky and Kia. We knew it was right for us and we were right for them”

Within a few weeks, the website was good to go.

Their new website

Tim Ryan from Volute, says “We were taken aback with quite how well put together their operation was. It’s one thing to have a good idea but quite another to turn that into a marketable proposition. We decided to design their site to look like a comic-book – helping to tell their amazing story – and their product - to their potential customers.”

Sky and Kia say, “We just loved it. When we first saw the finished site we simply said it’s exactly what we wanted... exactly.. the colours and everything.

The CrikeyBikey website is now looking great and ready to expand as the harnesses hit the market.  In fact Sky and her sister Kia received their first delivery of harnesses mid- February 2015 - and started posting them out over half term.

Onwards and upwards

What’s more, they’re finalists in the Big Bang competition at the NEC Birmingham– so keep following them as their business grows.  Looks like their Grow Your Own website is heading for a Growth Spurt!