What clients say

I just wanted to say again how delightful it was to meet you and a huge thank you for delivering such a fantastic presentation. It really sparked conversation in the room which was exactly what we were looking for.

Caroline Rae, ActiveLab Programme Director, ukactive (ActiveLab is an accelerator programme for the best and brightest physical activity start-ups).

Great work Ray, an excellent, comprehensive report on the mid-market sector of the fitness industry.

Chuck Runyon, CEO, Anytime Fitness

Your report (Health Club Industry Mid-market Report) has had a huge impact on how Precor thinks about the market and from operators as well.  I thinks it’s a landmark piece and I will continue to find ways to push it into the industry.

Brian Kane Senior Manager, Commercial Management & Consumer Insights, Precor

Do you have any objectives to me sharing the (mid-market report) with others (mostly media outlets) to give them a better understanding of the state of the industry? Congratulations on a fantastically insightful report.

Mark Daly, National Media Director, Anytime Fitness

Between tasks I just finalized my first round on the report. I would say a great, down to earth, description of today’s health and fitness industry. With cases and recommendations. I read it with the mid-market operators in mind, and as well with my own hat, as the report gave me opinions I have had over the years.

Peter Byman, Founding Partner, Fitness Group Nordic

Ray is one of the great strategists and researchers in the fitness and health club industry today. I follow all of his work and you should too. His research is fresh and unmatched and this new mid-market report is a wonderful piece of work.

Bryan O’Rourke, President, Fitness Industry Technology Council

This is outstanding and a very comprehensive report (UK boutique fitness sector report. Well done to you and your team and thanks for asking me to be part of this.

Kevin Yates, Investor and Director, 1Rebel

This is a great report Ray, well done.

Phillip Mills, CEO, Les Mills International, New Zealand

Looking through your new report now (Fitness Sector Social Good Report). Really well done and quite extensive. Love it!

Thomas Kolster, author of Goodvertising, Denmark

I am about halfway through (Fitness Sector Social Good Report) and it occurs to me that this treatise is more about strategy in the 21st century than corporate activism. Good stuff.

Frank Napolitano, President 24 Hour Fitness

Thank you for the opportunity to contribute (Fitness Sector Social Good Report). Without a doubt, it will be an impactful and well-received report.

Ioannis Ioannou, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

Concise, relevant but remarkably comprehensive. Great stuff! (2013 Review of the UK Health and Fitness Industry and an Outlook for 2014)

John Oxley, Managing Director, Active Nation

Congratulations Ray, a great piece of work (2013 Review of the UK Health and Fitness Industry and an Outlook for 2014),  mandatory reading for anyone with an interest in the industry.

Steven Ward, Development Director, ukactive

Your UK 2013/2014 fitness report provides a useful update on the market.

John Treharne, CEO, The Gym Group

Oxygen Consulting has established itself as an authority on the UK low-cost gym sector and its reports are essential reading for anybody interested in the space.  Ray Algar’s personal relationship with the leading players gives him an insight that few others possess.

John Harper, Investment Director, LDC (part of the Lloyds Banking Group), UK

Firstly, I want to thank you for making your low-cost gym reports available to me. It has had a marked effect on my thinking and my future.  I have taken the plunge and ended my corporate career to open a low-cost gym chain in South Africa. I’m busy raising finance, have secured some great sites, surrounded myself with a strong team and hoping to open my first club in January 2013.

Waldemar Smit, Managing Director myGym (Pty) Ltd, South Africa

Thank you for your wonderful contribution to Intelligent Life

Ingrid Esling, Managing Editor, Intelligent Life Magazine (Part of the Economist Group)

Ray really has his finger on the pulse of the fitness industry and I often call upon him for expert comment and analysis in Workout magazine.

Mary Ferguson, Editor, Workout Magazine, UK

I first met Ray when we were co-presenting at the IHRSA track at the Rimini Wellness Conference in Italy May 2007. Ray has en enormous insight in the fitness industry and can take both an analytical and practical approach to all issues, which gives him high credibility as a service consultant and as a commentator of the industry.

Rasmus Elmann Ingerslev, CEO, fitness dk, Denmark

Ray is one of the best researchers that I know. His insight into new trends is invaluable and ensures that he is at the forefront of new developments. Ray has a strong marketing background and knowledge of the web is definitely one of his strengths.

Rob Gregory, Managing Director, Lifetime Health Ltd

Ray is a breath of fresh air to the leisure world. He brings an intelligence to the consultancy world that I haven’t seen very often. His seminars are brilliantly crafted, innovative and precise in delivering the message.Its no surprise to me that he is so busy across Europe.

Duncan Green, Managing Director, Momentum Business Development, UK

Ray’s two presentations at the IHRSA Convention in the United States during March 2009 were well-received. His message was clear, topical and future-oriented.

Hans Muench, Director of Europe, IHRSA ( International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association), Germany

Ray had sufficient foresight to recognise the impact of social media on reputation before many others and an open mind that allows him to see how leisure sector organisations can extract insight and actions from consumer-generated media.

Jonathan Moody, Social Media Strategist, Socialware, Spain

Ray uses his considerable intellect and diligent research to promote strategy that is evidence based. His knowledge and experience make him one of the most trusted and respected figures within the sector. If he writes a piece in a journal, web-site or blog, I will read it in full, knowing the care that went into producing it.

Grant Wright, Regional Director, Holmes Place, UK

Ray’s passion and unbridled optimism are contagious. Combine that with his ability to think analytically and apply complex research in the health and fitness field, and you’ve got a powerful and thought-provoking consultant.

Kevin Foley, Web Content Manager, IHRSA, United States

Ray has provided meaningful and comprehenisve strategic advice on a number of projects in the fitness industry. He has a very detailed knowledge of the sector, carries out extensive research and recently gave a valuable presentation to the Leisure Property Forum, which was extremely well received.

Chris Gotla, Partner, Fitspace Health Clubs

Ray is hard working, bright and a no nonsense power source of professionally compiled insights into the European leisure industry

Sean Maguire, Managing Director, Legend Club Management Software

Ray’s ability to access the most complex issues and offer options for a resolution has been so important

Peter Crowley, Managing Director, Wave Leisure Trust

All the delegates I was talking to thought that you were among the top speakers. I think you really caught their interest and opened their eyes with your presentations. That was further confirmed in the big interest in your book.

Stefan Tingwell, Club Sweden (Healthy Business Conference, Gothenburg)

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