“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” ~Dr Seuss
Stolen Goat was founded in 2012 by Tim Bland. At the time Tim had a stable, well paid and interesting but corporate “9 to 5” job.
Like many, Tim felt there should be a way to work smarter. It should be possible to be productive, meet and even exceed your goals but still have time to spend with the family and pursue the hobbies and activities that make you happy. Tim has always enjoyed the outdoors from cycling to running, from football to mountain climbing, from golf to fishing and walking – there aren’t many traditional outdoor sports that Tim hasn’t tried and enjoyed (regardless of skill level).
With a growing family that Tim wants to spend as much time as possible with and a job that consumed 40+ hours a week… the hobbies were the first to take the hit. So stolen goat was formed. Focused around cycling as this was Tim’s primary passion, Stolen Goat was created as a platform for Tim, and other like-minded people to work smarter not longer, to succeed in business and in life, where success is measured in terms of how rich your life is… how many work and personal goals you are achieving on a daily basis.
Doing business should be enjoyable, it should be a part of your life, but it shouldn’t BE your life. Fundamentally, Stolen Goat is about freedom…
OUR MISSION // FREEDOM
Here’s the “Why” that we centre ourselves around: To inspire people to find freedom through sport so that they can live happier, healthier lives.
This is important to us, in fact it’s what drives us to keep going. You may well be happy in your job and day to day life but we can all do with a little escapism every now and then. Freedom is riding with your mates, freedom is hitting the trails for an hour at lunch, freedom is riding all out to take that KOM, freedom is wearing something a little bit different during your adventures.
The point is that everyone has their own take on what freedom through sport looks and feels like. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to make that happen.
THE NAME //
Want to know where the name came from..? See here!
THE TEAM //
Here’s the group of people that help keep the dream alive…
Tim Bland Founder & Director
stolen goat is an extension of Tim’s beliefs and passions. Tim is adamant we should all work less by working more effectively in order to pursue what it is in life we want to do. When he is working he handles much of the software development that stitches the operations together, product development, new business development and customer support.
Rob Simpson Creative Content & Marketing Manager
Rob is the young gun of the group. Don’t let his age fool you though, he’s been working in the cycling industry since the ripe age of 15 and has been tinkering with websites for about the same amount of time. A keen photographer, car enthusiast, cyclist and all round good guy Rob can be found creating content for the website, on social media, marketing strategies and helping out with customer support.
Trevor Lough Senior Designer & Creative Lead
Trevor Lough, A.K.A Big Chief Studios is the creative genius behind the inspirational designs that keep flowing off the production line. Trevor’s natural habitat, when not out playing on the beach with his blossoming family, is deep in his studio… something akin to a scene from a Dr Seuss story. From here he finds sources of inspiration that mere mortals would simply glance over without thought. For many a year, Trevor was a senior creative in the jeans industry based out of both Amsterdam and Madrid but has also worked charitably with the joe strummer foundation for new music. Until quite recently he was a fully paid up member of the Chopper Club of Great Britain. Just don’t ask him about his massive jeans collection!
Andy Gorman Operations & Customer Relations Director
Andy just loves helping people. It’s hardwired into his DNA. After years of running service operations for a global brand, he gave it up to follow his passion for all things cycling. It was in his bike shop that he first met Tim and fell in love with stolen goat’s kit and philosophy. As more and more customers joined the stolen goat herd, Tim realised he needed somebody to love and nurture them – an idea took hold and the rest, as they say, is history. At work he’s a model of efficiency… until he gets chatting to our customers about cycling! The rest of the time he is out on one of his many bikes or teaching his little ones to ride. That’s all he needs to be happy.
Abby Fletcher Customer Relations
Abby is here to help YOU! After a teaching career, she decided to change direction and do what she loves most…eating, breathing and sleeping cycling! She will more than happily talk non-stop about cycling all day so is the person to get in touch with if you need any advice or have a query about the products, or equally if you just want to discuss a good route or awesome cake stops! Outside (and sometimes during) work, Abby does triathlon which means that running and swimming apparel are definitely on the cards! She can normally be found either in a lake, riding up hills or complaining about running! She is also a life coach and porridge enthusiast…yes, they go together, apparently!
JIM HART Business Development Manager
Jim is the latest member of the team and is here to maintain communication (and drink coffee) with new and existing stockists of Stolen Goat. He comes from a Mountain Bike and BMX race background having been racing bikes for over 20 years. Jim is a huge lover of adventure and the great outdoors and in November 2019 he climbed Mt Kilimanjaro for the Mind Mental Health Charity. Although a Mountain Biker at heart Jim now also owns a road and gravel bike too (that must be our influence) … he still swears that he won’t be shaving his legs!