A CHEPSTOW business which breathes new life into old furniture is now looking to take its work up a gear.

Monmouthshire Upcycle, based on Station Road in the town, has announced the launch of UpCycle - a bike repair and salvage scheme.

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Working out of the unit formerly used as a gallery and eco-store, mechanic Ed Haythornthwaite will be providing much of the elbow grease as the operation looks to get rolling.

Mr Haythornthwaite said: "Matt came in one day while I was fixing his bike and we got chatting about what he does with currently with the furniture and how he’d like to get into bikes.

"He also wants to start training people up. Giving a skill to someone is pretty valuable. It’s mentally rewarding for me."

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This process of "upcycling people", as director Matt Jones puts it, is at the heart of everything at Monmouthshire Upcycle and this new venture is no different.

"We’re aiming to get two apprentices working here but we’re waiting on funding," said Mr Jones.

Once up and running, UpCycle will help keep bikes from being taken to landfill.

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"We’ve only recently put the word out and we’ve already had loads of offers from people with bikes to donate," said Mr Haythornthwaite.