PETER McMARTIN 1932 – 2011
February 18

t is with great sadness that Maxxis International (UK) PLC announces the loss of company chairman and founder Peter McMartin. Peter passed away peacefully with family at his side, late in the evening of Monday 14th of February, following a short battle with cancer.

Born in Falkirk, in 1932, Peter's entrepreneurial career took off in the early 1970's when he began importing car and motorcycle parts from Japan. Peter then went on to focus exclusively on motorcycle parts before merging his company with distributor Bickers Anglia (Accessories) Limited in 1986. In 1998 Peter successfully completed the purchase of the company and went on to develop the business with the support of his directors and a committed, loyal workforce. The company converted to PLC status for a short time before a new joint venture company was formed in March 2005; Maxxis International UK plc. Maxxis still uses the Bickers name to continue trading in the motorcycle industry, while using the Maxxis brand to trade in the automotive tyre sector.

Peter had remained active as Chairman until just a few weeks prior to his death, always maintaining a positive hands-on approach to the companyche loved.

Peter will be fondly remembered throughout the motorcycle Industry. Steve Kenward, chief executive of the Motorcycle Industry Association gave the following tribute - "Peter McMartin joined the MCIA Board in January 1998, while he was managing director of Bickers Anglia (Accessories) Limited. He was an active supporter of the MCIA Factors Group and provided a much-needed steadying influence when required. Peter's commitment to the MCIA saw him elected to be chairman of the governing board in October 2002, where his guidance to the MCIA team was both decisive and objective, enabling him to restore morale to staff and the membership at a critical period in the Association's history. Peter McMartin was one of the industry's "old school" entrepreneurs, who not only ran a successful business but also made a major contribution to the wider industry as a member and chairman of its trade association."

Peter will be remembered by many as an inspirational figure, whose passion, drive and warm personality has left a lasting effect on all who knew him. He will be sadly missed.

The McMartin family would like to invite Peter's friends and colleagues old and new to the remembrance service, which takes place at 10:30am, Friday 25th February - Seven Hills Crematorium, Felixstowe Road, Nacton, Suffolk, IP10 0FG - to be followed by a celebration of his life and achievements at The Elizabeth Orwell Hotel, Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7DX

The Family kindly request that mourners send donations in lieu of flowers for the Royal British Legion and Macmillan Cancer Support - C/O Co-operative Funeral Services 213 High Street, Walton, Felixstowe IP11 9BQ