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Oxygen Consulting and DataHub partner to help operators unlock the social value they generate

As part of the DataHub’s continued drive to enrich the sector’s understanding of the data it holds, a new strategic partnership has been agreed with Oxygen Consulting. The partnership is designed to help both private and public sector leisure operators more clearly define and champion the social value generated through ...

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Fitness brand insight reports

During this year, I will be publishing a new series of short reports that focus on a single fast-growing global fitness brand. The purpose of these strategic reports is that within one hour, a reader will acquire a deep understanding of a brand's 'secret sauce' and why it is resonating globally ...

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Comment for The Economist fitness industry article

During January 2018, The Economist contacted me to discuss an article they were researching on the fitness industry. Their initial angle for the article was to discuss the good-intentioned New Year resolution for people to get fit and how clubs and studios are the grateful beneficiaries of this surge in demand. ...

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The Year Ahead – Fitness Business Canada

My thoughts on a forthcoming 2018 article for Fitness Business Canada magazine. Commit to elevating your business reputation The health club industry was built with a focus on the tangible experience; impressive buildings, equipment and other assets that attracted customers often on the basis of convenience to home or work. Cultivating a ...

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Letter to the Editor of Club Business International magazine

As the boundaries of the health club industry are re-drawn, so it becomes necessary for all its diverse range of stakeholders to pause and reflect on how it will continue to create meaningful value. Recently, I attended the IHRSA European Congress which each year takes part in a different city. This ...

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Health Club Industry Active Ageing Report now published

Following a long period of thinking, reading and writing, my new Health Club Industry Active Ageing Report – harnessing the opportunity of an ageing society, is now available as a free download. The purpose of this report is to discuss the implications of global ageing and how the health and fitness industry ...

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New Health Club Industry Active Ageing Report

  In the next few weeks, I will be publishing my new report which is titled: Health Club Industry Active Ageing Report – harnessing the opportunity of an ageing society. The purpose of the report is to discuss the implications of global ageing and how the health and fitness industry is set up ...

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Gold’s Gym comment for Dallas Business Journal

Recently I was contacted by the Dallas Business Journal who were working on a Gold's Gym article. These were my observations of the Gold's brand: What are Gold’s Gym’s strengths in the U.S. and international fitness industries? Ray Algar: You have to admire its longevity given the reaching of its recent 50-year ...

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Independent clubs need laser focus to compete with low-cost gyms

IHRSA contacted me recently to provide some comments on Flourish, the event I created for independent health and fitness clubs. What follows is an excerpt from the interview as part of their Europe Insight series: The United States and the United Kingdom have a lot in common, from our shared language to our shared ...

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MFORUM Conference in Kazakhstan and Russia

  Last week I took part in the MFORUM event in Kazakhstan and Russia. This was the third year the event has been held in Russia and the first time in Kazakhstan. The one-day event involves four international speakers who each deliver a 90-minute talk. My talk was titled: ‘The emergence ...

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