Posts tagged “Health Club Industry”

Major fitness brands set to transform gym experience, says industry report

The biggest, most popular names in the fitness industry – names such as LA Fitness, Fitness First, Anytime Fitness and Sports Direct - are likely to bring major improvements to what they offer consumers during 2015, some of them virtually reinventing themselves, predicts a major new, 38 page report into ...

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Visual timeline of the UK health and fitness industry

Recently a Reuters journalist contacted me for some insight into an article he was working on for Acquisitions Monthly. He wanted to discuss some of the key challenges facing the sector. He also asked me for permission to reproduce a visual timeline that I had previously worked on that mapped ...

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Visualisation of the UK Health Club Industry 2009 Report

The Leisure Database Company has just released findings for the 2009 'UK State of the Industry Report. I read the press release and thought it would be useful to create a visual summary. So, here it is:  

If only this health club could be picked up and put somewhere else

I was chatting this week with an industry colleague who has recently thrown in the towel on a health club in Southern England she was trying to turn around. The club is beautifully situated with sea views, but poorly located. There are simply not enough residents living close enough to ...

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Are micro health clubs the future?

Given that few standard health clubs seem to offer a personalised service as part of the membership price, it was interesting to read about the forthcoming launch of the 25 Club in Hanover Square, Mayfair, London. This £750,000, 2,000 square foot (186 square metre) club is setting a membership limit of ...

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Esporta – Life after Neil Gillis

How can the fortunes of Esporta, one of the UK’s premier health and racquets club chains, change so dramatically since Halabi acquired the business in February 2007 from Duke Street Capital? As I write, Esporta could be heading for administration. Neil Gillis, the former Chief Executive and Michael Ball, Finance ...

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Price war on the gym floor – low prices, no-frills everywhere

Excerpt from my recent Leisure Report article. ------------------------------------- So, are you a Waitrose or a Lidl shopper? A few years ago, you would have been one, neither, but certainly not both. How things change. Now, British consumers are running rings round marketers by being a Waitrose shopper on Monday and a Lidl ...

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The State of the UK Health/Fitness Industry – by Ray Algar

This is my editorial for BritSport 2007 - a leading UK Sports Industry Directory. You can buy copies for £95 from Sport Business Group. Merger and acquisition activity is this year’s major theme with Virgin Active now Britain’s second largest health club chain, after Fitness First. This follows Virgin’s acquisition of ...

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Virgin Active ask members to choose equipment

Good to hear that Virgin Active which operates 72 UK clubs is turning to its members for advice on important new equipment decisions. Virgin has decided to install the Nautilus Treadclimber into its clubs following a successful members trial at its Northampton club. Andy Birch, National Product Development Manager for ...

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Esporta and Neil Gillis Part Company

So Neil Gillis has resigned from Esporta following the November 2006 purchase by Simon Halabi, and is presently working out his notice. Was this a planned departure by Gillis or has there been a strategic disagreement? What does this also mean for Esporta's bid for David Lloyd Leisure? More ...

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