After almost three years at Riversands Incubation Hub, Big Foot Car Detailing is moving to Melrose Arch as part of a prestige new luxury car dealership. Entrepreneur Vishal Nair is visibly excited about the new stage of his business journey.
“When I applied for premises at Riversands, I had realised that premises would unlock numerous opportunities for me since I’d been operating as a mobile service, doing the car detailing where my customers were. Once I was accepted to Riversands, I was able to land agencies for the specialised products used in the high-end premium care detailing I offer,” said Nair.
The flexibility of the lease at Riversands Incubation Hub allowed this business owner to rapidly take a second 200m² unit, where he created a space which measured up to Big Foot standards. “This Italian brand is very specific about the workshop where its specialised polishing machinery is used. For example, the walls have to be painted black and the ratio of the spotlights height to the floor area is specified for maximum brightness. When first launched, the Big Foot polishers fundamentally changed the car detailing industry by producing a 21mm orbit, much larger than the maximum of 5mm previously available – hence the name!” explained Nair.
There is also a dust-free bay to apply paint protection film. “We invested in sophisticated software to design and pre-cut the film for each brand and model of car; this is a superior system to the more traditional method of PPF installations requiring trimming on the vehicle which carries the risk of damaging the paintwork.”
In December, Nair was approached by the owner of the Daytona Group, sole importers of Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, McLaren and Pagani, to be part of a prestigious new 8 000m² showroom in Melrose Arch’s latest extension, One on Whiteley – a luxury precinct.
During his two-and-a-half years at Riversands Incubation Hub, Nair has conducted his affairs impeccably, creating jobs and living the Riversands code of professionalism and excellence. Customers from as far afield as George have engaged him to perform his magic on their high-end investment cars.
Commenting on the move, CEO of Riversands Incubation Hub Jenny Retief said that the story highlights the fact that while the primary determinant of success is the entrepreneur, it is exciting that Riversands Incubation Hub has been in a position to provide one of the key ingredients for the business’s success.
“Big Foot Car Detailing has taken full advantage of the flexible premises offering to reach his growth goals more rapidly. The investment of subsidised square metres into this business has been a critical piece in the puzzle of success. If Nair had been locked into a long-term lease in commercial premises, he wouldn’t have been able to respond to the Italian agency so efficiently. It is gratifying for us to witness the fact that the premises have been a major unlocker of value for this entrepreneur.”
“The premises enabled me to think big and establish the business as a serious player in the luxury car market. Riversands has been an enabler for the growth of my business. I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had,” said Nair.