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Forum Introduction
« on: October 10, 2017, 06:21:50 PM »

Good evening one and all!

Although a number of you will have spoken/met me in the past, I just wanted to do a little introduction now that I've become a sponsor on the forum. My name is Adam and I'm the sole owner of Neon so you'll have the pleasure (cough) of dealing with me for any interest or queries you may have!

Neon originally started out back in 2013 as part of my final year dissertation during my university studies. At the time I was the club captain for Swansea Uni CC, so naturally I managed to revolve my dissertation around the cricket market and the entry routes/barriers that existed for a new start-up. Part of this piece of work was to prepare a presentation, and I decided having a physical product to present would be better than just a 15,000 word document which is where Neon started. I originally had very little intention of starting out as an actual company, but being the cricket badger I am that didn't last long (Thank the remainder of my student loan for that one!!).

To speed things up, in short the first 2 seasons went better than I could ever have expected - so much so that once I'd graduated and moved into a 60+ hour a week recruitment job in central London it became just too much to devote the required level of time into the company that I needed to in order to satisfy the demand. It was at this point I made the hard decision to close the original company, and place Neon on a hiatus until a point where I knew I'd have the time to do what I wanted with the company.

And so, that brings us to earlier in the year. Having ditched the London lifestyle in exchange for the complete opposite end of the spectrum holed up in the middle of Wiltshire as a civil servant, I'd found I'd got so much spare time that I was quite frankly bored stiff - naturally it was at this point my mind started wandering back into the realms of Neon! The whole samples/re-design process started roughly early April, so plenty of time has already been spent getting things to where they are. With everything now out in the open I just hope you'll all as pleased with the range as I am! I've tried to steer away from the standard copying of other brands' designs, with a number of subtle changes across nearly all of the products (additional storage room on the duffle and different glove/pad designs as examples) - whilst there's only so much that can be changed, hopefully the time spent getting them to where they are shows!

Anyway, enough of me rabbiting on! If you have any queries over the coming months about any of the range/Neon in general, then please don't hesitate to get in touch. I'm always willing to answer any queries you may have and hope to play an active part on the forum moving forwards!

I'll follow this up with a couple of threads containing pictures of the bats/softs shortly, along with an additional thread that will likely be the one of most interest to you all!

Cheers,

Adam
« Last Edit: December 16, 2017, 05:15:02 PM by Neon Cricket »
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Re: Neon Cricket - Forum Introduction
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2017, 06:43:12 PM »

Good post reintro Adam - I've a question, what grade did your dissertation get?😀

Mine was dull and dower (& last minute come to think of it) so good on you!
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Re: Neon Cricket - Forum Introduction
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2017, 06:57:49 PM »

All the best Adam. Great to see passion in bringing quality gear with better value than the majority. I'm sure most of the forum can work out that you are working with some of the best there are :) Bats in particular were exceptionally well finished and felt great. I will have to stop delaying and submit my 15000 word document describing the custom bat I'd like :)
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« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2017, 07:09:25 PM »

Good post reintro Adam - I've a question, what grade did your dissertation get?😀

Mine was dull and dower (& last minute come to think of it) so good on you!

Amazingly, 84% - saved my overall degree lets just say that... haha

All the best Adam. Great to see passion in bringing quality gear with better value than the majority. I'm sure most of the forum can work out that you are working with some of the best there are :) Bats in particular were exceptionally well finished and felt great. I will have to stop delaying and submit my 15000 word document describing the custom bat I'd like :)

Cheers Dan, much appreciated! Never too many words for the perfect bat!

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Re: Neon Cricket - Forum Introduction
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2017, 11:09:51 PM »

Good to have you as a full sponsor.  Good luck with the brand, the stuff I've seen ( online) looks great. I hope no bats/pads/gloves were offered to your uni tutors in return for a few extra marks!  ;)

I'm all for independent UK brands!  Go neon!!!!

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Re: Neon Cricket - Forum Introduction
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2017, 11:38:54 PM »

I'm all for independent UK brands!  Go neon!!!!

This comment. Since joining this forum im far more interested in buying from independent companies

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Re: Neon Cricket - Forum Introduction
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 06:15:13 AM »

Thanks @play-yourself-in - sadly the panel for my final diss had literally zero cricket knowledge, if only one of them had been a CBFer!

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Re: Neon Cricket - Forum Introduction
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 07:38:46 AM »

Looks great stuff mate , all the best with the season , just on to my 2nd year of university , did you find it easy managing both ?

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 08:34:43 AM »

Certainly not easily, but I did manage it - I should add I'm one of a rare breed that only needs a few hours sleep to operate fully - at uni I'd regularly be up until 4am working on Neon whilst still attending 9am lectures. If I'd had to operate on a normal timescale then I simply wouldn't have had anywhere near enough time to focus on both my studies and Neon concurrently. It's still the same case to some extent now (up at 5am for work after getting to sleep probably around 1ish), but with plenty of additional spare time in the afternoons and dramatically less stress than London (literally one end of the spectrum to the other!).

Take it from me, if you're wondering RE running a company then focus on your uni studies and come back to it in a few years - your degree is so much more important for the next couple of years even if it doesn't seem like it at the moment. Get your head down, smash out a 1st and you'll be on the right track career-wise, with enough spare cash to then go back and revisit the company/idea!

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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 08:47:44 AM »

Certainly not easily, but I did manage it - I should add I'm one of a rare breed that only needs a few hours sleep to operate fully - at uni I'd regularly be up until 4am working on Neon whilst still attending 9am lectures. If I'd had to operate on a normal timescale then I simply wouldn't have had anywhere near enough time to focus on both my studies and Neon concurrently. It's still the same case to some extent now (up at 5am for work after getting to sleep probably around 1ish), but with plenty of additional spare time in the afternoons and dramatically less stress than London (literally one end of the spectrum to the other!).

Take it from me, if you're wondering RE running a company then focus on your uni studies and come back to it in a few years - your degree is so much more important for the next couple of years even if it doesn't seem like it at the moment. Get your head down, smash out a 1st and you'll be on the right track career-wise, with enough spare cash to then go back and revisit the company/idea!
Cheers mate, yeah Planned it so the stuff doesn't arrive until December so i can focus on my studies, Cheers for the advice , i am  also lucky that i live at home uni`s only 20 mins away ,  going to be a challenging 2nd year, i am in the same boat in that i dont need massive amounts of sleep
 

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