Best in Business: Kart company on track to success

Ashfield's Best In Business, pictured is Huthwaite's Kurburgring, owner Matthew Sowter, centre and from the left; Manager Adam Wardle, Track Marshall Paul Gregory, Race Director Ben Freeman, Track Marshall Jake Sidebottom, Secretary Janet Sowter and Receptionist Hayley Heald.
Ashfield's Best In Business, pictured is Huthwaite's Kurburgring, owner Matthew Sowter, centre and from the left; Manager Adam Wardle, Track Marshall Paul Gregory, Race Director Ben Freeman, Track Marshall Jake Sidebottom, Secretary Janet Sowter and Receptionist Hayley Heald.

THIS week the Ashfield Chad is highlighting two more local businesses who have put themselves forward to be part of the Best in Business scheme.

Celebrating the success stories of companies in the Ashfield area, Best in Business has showcased a local salon, garage, pub and gym - along with other thriving local enterprises.

This week is the penultimate week of the scheme, meaning anyone who wants to put forward their business needs to do so by midday tomorrow (Thursday).

Certificates will be given out to all those businesses who have featured in the Chad and the draw to win a place on a trip to the Houses of Parliament as a guest of Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero will be made next week.

The trip will take place on 25th April and includes travel to London courtesy of ACE-ABC, lunch at the Commons and the chance to watch Prime Minister’s Questions.

Reporter Helen Beighton, who has been part of the Chad team co-ordinating the scheme, said: “In times of austerity and depressing economic forecasts, it is great to be able to print some good business news.

“Best in Business has enabled the Chad to be able to give local companies some well-deserved praise and recognition for the bit they do for the local economy and I would urge anyone who wants to put themselves forward to get in touch now.”

Email Helen on helen.beighton@chad.co.uk if you want to be part of Best in Business.

HUTHWAITE karting track The Kurburgring has sped to success since opening around two years ago.

Based at Fulwood Road North, The Kurburgring is known for its 450m long ‘Alpine’-themed track, which was designed by owner and rally driver Matthew Sowter.

Inspired by German racing track the Nurburgring, it features far more twists and turns than the average indoor track - including the banked Karussell Corner.

Manager Adam Wardle said: “There’s nothing like this in this area.

“There are other tracks but not of this size or technicality.

“People come off and have never got a bad word to say about it.”

The Kurburgring is popular with hen and stag parties, birthday parties, groups of friends and has a growing corporate market, which is picking up post-recession.

It also has mini karts for over eights and regular drivers who come most weeks.

Seven people work at the track, which is National Karting Association registered and fully insured.

Being an authentic motorsport experience, the business takes safety very seriously and staff are keen to ensure that customers have a good time and also a safe time, with the 270cc biz karts reaching up to 60mph on the straights.

Customers are given a safety talk prior to racing while marshals watch constantly during race time to make sure there are no problems.

“We are all about safety,” said Adam.

“Accidents do happen, it’s inevitable, but we do what we can to avoid them.”

The Kurburgring won an Ashfield District Council award for Business of the Year in 2011 and long term it is hoped that the business can expand into the unit next door so that an even longer track can be created.

“We have got the potential,” said Adam. “We are doing really well at the minute.”

Owner Matthew added that most of the business so far has come from simple word of mouth and that with some more promotion and marketing, The Kurburgring will be even more successful.