Disabled International Entrepreneur Builds New Business in Bali Thanks to TGA Buddy Mobility Scooter

Roger Barclay-Edwards is a successful retired businessman with limited mobility who has been able to continue developing his new holiday villas in Bali, thanks to a Buddy mobility scooter from TGA.

Roger Barclay-Edwards is a successful retired businessman with limited mobility who has been able to continue developing his new holiday villas in Bali, thanks to a Buddy mobility scooter from TGA.

Roger Barclay-Edwards, 68 from Cheltenham, is a highly successful retired businessman with limited mobility who has been able to continue developing his new holiday villas in Bali, thanks to a Buddy mobility scooter from TGA. 

Roger has been a dynamic and driven individual all his life and held the position of Managing Director at the international EDS Group for over 40 years. During this period he owned EDS Engineering Limited in Essex for 30 years and was responsible for establishing the whole Chelmsford Rivermead Industrial estate, which still exists today. Following his retirement Roger began investigating his next challenge and decided to invest abroad in Bali by building a group of eco-friendly holiday villas. Now nearing completion, these three family villas and eight private bungalows all provide high quality, shoreline accommodation that includes a private pool and are totally solar powered. However Roger’s mobility became suddenly restricted in 2013 and his ability to continue with this project looked in doubt until he discovered the remarkable, folding TGA Buddy scooter.

Rogers explains: “I suddenly became unable to walk in 2013 for more than 30-40 feet without extreme pain. My Orthopaedic specialist told me that he had been expecting this for a long time. Back fusions in my 20’s ruined my Tennis career, I did play at Wimbledon twice though, but he said I would be permanently in a wheelchair by the time I was 60. At least I have to date beaten that by eight years anyway and now I have a TGA Buddy, my life and business career is back on track! I can no longer walk the length and breadth of Airports like Hong Kong or Heathrow, so my collapsible Buddy is absolutely essential for international travel. As it can be folded or dismantled easily without any fiddly wires to connect, it’s ideal for taking on holiday or abroad. One piece of advice, take non-lithium batteries so you have no hold ups when checking in. On my recent trip over to Bali, the understanding terminal personnel let me take the Buddy right up to the plane door – a huge help that saved us so much time and hassle. Its great to know that despite my condition, we can travel to our Ubud home on Bali with peace of mind.”

Roger continues: “I have had my TGA Buddy for over three months now and my wife and I have been so chuffed with it. As it has pneumatic rear tyres it does not jar my back and my wife and I particularly like the easy way it folds down, we hardly ever need to separate it. I am also buying a Breeze from TGA for use around Cheltenham when I return from Bali as this model will be suited to more challenging terrain. Without the ability to walk, I would have been really snookered without my Buddy and my Bali project could have been in serious jeopardy. The independence it gives me is priceless and driving around the off road tracks in Melaya are no problem for my Buddy. We are very pleased with the Sumber Sari Eco Villas development and are sure that eventually, the whole complex when finished, will be a great success without using any of Bali’s precious resources, including of course, electricity.”

Outside of his business ventures, Roger enjoys spending time with his four children, eight grandchildren and fulfilling a passion for model railways. His Buddy scooter is manufactured by TGA Mobility, which is based in Sudbury Suffolk, close to Halstead where Roger was originally born. TGA have been a leading mobility scooter specialist in the UK for nearly 30 years.  The 3-wheel Buddy from TGA is one of the most portable scooters on the market and can be separated into constituent parts or folded flat for storage in a car or on public transport.

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The UK’s leading mobility scooter specialist, TGA, will be launching the innovative, folding Minimo at Naidex National (Stand B50, 30 April – 2 May 2013, NEC), which will deliver pioneering levels of flexibility, comfort and safety in the ‘car boot’ scooter class.

The new and pioneering Minimo car boot mobility scooter from TGA will be launched at Naidex National this year.

The new and pioneering Minimo car boot mobility scooter from TGA will be launched at Naidex National this year.


Responding to a market trend towards smaller, more compact models, TGA is introducing the new Minimo at Naidex to complement its current popular Eclipse car boot mobility scooter and to further enhance its comprehensive product range. The new Minimo is a revolution in compact, collapsible scooter design and has been developed in close collaboration between TGA and its specialist manufacturers. It represents one of the most advanced designs that folds and fits into the boot of a car and requires no parts to be dismantled for storage, with an overall weight of only a mere 27.3kg (60lbs). This revolutionary and straightforward folding mechanism is simply activated by a one-handed operation that requires the minimum of effort and is completed in seconds.


Whether used for a day out in a car or for independence locally, the Minimo only requires a remarkably small amount of storage space when not in use. Hence, is the ideal choice for individuals with restricted room at home or in the car. This radically lightweight, yet robust mobility scooter combines the benefits of strain-free lifting for end users whilst providing impressive drivability and rider comfort. The ‘touch-contact’, optional lithium battery only weighs 2.65kgs (5.85lbs), which ensures users can offload it for charging with genuine ease. Redefining the foldable scooter, the new TGA Minimo has an extremely spacious chassis with a floor well that provides levels of legroom never previously seen in the car boot class. It has a top speed of 6km (4mph) and an impressive range of up 20km (12 miles) with a 270w motor type and a quality, 45ah S-Drive controller.


Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director comments: “Naidex National always represents the perfect launch platform for TGA innovations and this latest new product will not disappoint. This debut has been made more prestigious with the simultaneous unveiling of the new TGA exhibition stand, which will provide the perfect spacious backdrop for all our products. We take pride in being regarded as thought leaders in the sector and believe the new Minimo will change perceptions in the market place in terms of what a car boot mobility scooter can achieve. Models in this class can regularly demonstrate higher levels of manouvrability and flexibility however performance, comfort, features and stability can suffer. Not with the Minimo – it delivers in every respect. We have intelligently considered and redesigned all key elements so that ergonomics are optimised and driving control could not be more effortless. The Minimo brings together an unprecedented level of features to deliver wider independence with peace of mind and with the market trend towards smaller machines growing rapidly, we believe the Minimo represents the future of compact mobility scooter design.”


The new Minimo has an impressive user weight capacity of 115kg (252lbs), a turning circle of only 820mm (32.2”) and 60mm (2.3”) of ground clearance for enhanced accessibility on uneven ground. The puncture proof tyres are complemented by quality alloys and provide high levels of grip and traction on a variety of surfaces. Following the precedent set by TGA’s highly popular and proven car boot scooter, the Eclipse, the Minimo will be shortly confirmed as being compliant with bus and tram travel which opens up significant lifestyle benefits to end users.


Complementing the Minimo on TGA’s newly designed stand at Naidex National this year will be the TGA Eclipse car boot mobility scooter. The Eclipse is the UK’s leading compact scooter that quickly dissembles into three easy-to-lift parts that slot into the boot of an average sized car. It is popular with retailers as supplied with a free rear storage bag, dust cover and walking stick clips. Each Eclipse also comes equipped with a removable front basket, is available in a range of six metallic colours and the latest model available soon, will have an integrated headlight and higher tiller charging point. The Eclipse is easy to take apart with no difficult connections or wires to manage as all components simply click together. All controls and handgrips are ergonomically designed and the luxury, padded seat provides daylong comfort. Its 76mm (3”) ground clearance and tight turning circle of only 1150mm (45”) is exceptional within its class – all enhanced by a maximum user capacity of 132kg (21.4stone). 2 x 12v (21ah) batteries power the Eclipse to travel for up to 15km (9miles) with the option to upgrade to Heavy Duty packs for a maximum range of 29km (18miles).