Established in 2010 and based near Diss in Norfolk, Old Empire Motorcycles are not like other custom bike builders. In their own words:
"Old Empire Motorcycles founding was born through an absolute and enduring passion for everything two wheeled and The House Of Assembly (HOA) is where we pay daily homage to the gods of speed and fuel. Its the place where we meet, greet, drill, weld, cut, grind, turn, mill, hammer, roll and notch to our hearts content to create and display our bespoke motorcycles.........."Unlike most custom bike builders in the UK we do not stick to styling ‘rules’ but focus on creating the very best we possibly can with what we are given".
Optare is one of the UK's foremost bus building companies and have over a century of expertise in using the latest technologies in bus design and manufacturing. Their parent company, Ashok Leyland, part of the Hinduja Group, is ranked within the top four global bus manufacturers. Optare's head office and manufacturing plant are based near Leeds in Yorkshire, which was opened in 2011.
Although Optare itself was formed in 1985, the origins of the company can be traced back to the early part of the twentieth century. In 2012 they produced their 10,000th vehicle and in 2016 saw the launch of the fully-electric Metrodecker EV, pointing the way to the future for public transport.
They currently design, manufacture and sell advanced single deck and double deck buses for a global market place and they have developed a range of low-carbon buses using enhanced diesel technology and alternative fuel options. They have set the benchmark for fuel economy and CO2 reduction with reduced weight designs and optimised drive systems.
OVIK CROSSWAY design and manufacture a range of specialist and armoured vehicles and chassis systems. The company was founded in 2008 by brothers Jez and Duncan Hermer, the former having 23 years of service in the British Army, with several years spent with the Royal Marines All Terrain Vehicle (protected programme). For several years, OVIK produced a number of highly innovative specialist defence, support and utility vehicles for customers who included several police forces and the UK MOD. Since 2012 OVIK has been developing a new range of vehicles based upon its own CROSSWAY chassis systems
All the vehicles based on this system also go by the brand name CROSSWAY. OVIK now only designs, manufactures and supplies specialist vehicles based on the CROSSWAY STRIVE-44 and STRIVE-66 chassis systems and under the CROSSWAY marque. The name OVIK is derived from the Swedish town of Ornskoldsvik and the company is based in Dorset.