Posts tagged “Leisure Insight”

Super Size Me

MacDonald’s had better watch out as Curves , the ubiquitous health club chain, marches towards 9,000 health clubs. Most people outside of the health club industry, would not know much about Curves, but they are now the 10th largest franchise company in the world and they’ve been trading for just ...

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Dying to be a Football Manager

I’ve often had a little chuckle to myself, when three matches into the start of the new British football season, managers start to get sacked for delivering poor results – yes, that’s the grand total of 270 minutes of football! Now the League Managers Association has just released some health data ...

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How Enterprising

Well done to Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) who has just scooped a national social enterprise award. GLL operates leisure centres throughout London and runs as a leisure trust which means that any surplus it makes, is redirected back into developing staff and improving facilities. It’s a business model that is ...

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Sierra Leone to bid for 2024 Olympics

For those that don’t know, Sierra Leone is the poorest country one earth. I’ll come clean and say that they won’t be bidding, but I wanted to make a point about the growing trend of smaller nations bidding to host global sports events. Today I was participating in the Global Sports ...

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A Health Club Very Near You!

I am just finishing off a report for a client on another health club acquisition in Manchester. What’s very interesting about this one is the level of competition. Draw a circle three miles from the target club and how many competing facilities would you expect?...5…10...20…31. In fact, it’s 31. How ...

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We Would Like to Operate, but You’re Too Fat!

An interesting development in policy as the UK National Health Service (NHS) begins to deny hip and knee replacements to people classed as obese (with a body mass index of 30 or more) as reported in the Times this week. The rationale being that lighter patients have better recovery and ...

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Olympics comes to London…and all because someone pressed the wrong button!

I was at the Business in Sport & Leisure Conference today held in London with an array of high profile speakers including The Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP, UK Minister for Sport. It was fascinating listening to Philip Beard, Commercial Director of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games ...

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What Price For Success?

There has been significant controversy following Mathew Pinsent’s visit to China and his observations that young Chinese gymnasts were being unfairly treated in pursuit of excellence. This followed his visit to the Shichahai Sports School, a boarding school in Beijing that trains gymnasts. He said: `I've been thinking about it a ...

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There’s Budding Entrepreneurs Everywhere!

This week, the UK hosts `Enterprise Week` which aims to inspire young people to turn business ideas into reality. Over 1,400 events will be held around the UK to expose individuals to the opportunities of being more `enterprise receptive`, whether that means setting up a new business or fostering new ...

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Fantastic New Club Retention Tool

David Lloyd Leisure, which has 58 health clubs in the UK and Ireland, has recently appeared in the press because one its member’s has taken objection to the fact that you have to give 90 days notice to leave. Julian Moore comments: “A policy like this can only serve to alienate ...

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