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Why the CMA referred the combination of Pure Gym Limited and The Gym Limited for an in-depth merger investigation

In February 2014, Pure Gym and The Gym Group (The Gym) announced plans to merge. At the time of the deal, Pure Gym operated 61 low-cost gyms across the UK and The Gym, 42 gyms. The business model for the two companies has been very similar since they began competing ...

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Fitness Sector Social Good Report – A Summary

INTRODUCTION The Fitness Sector Social Good Report (published by Ray Algar in March 2014) explores the idea that a business with a purpose beyond maximising its own self-interests can ensure long-term relevance with their stakeholders, thereby creating a more valued and sustainable organisation. This report is written with the private fitness sector ...

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Physical activity sector must unleash its social purpose to thrive, says new report

Health and fitness clubs need to look to social purpose led brands such as Innocent, TOMS and Apple to thrive in the future according to a new report for the physical activity sector. Against a backdrop of increasing competition from local authority run leisure facilities and the rise of the ...

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Launch of Fitness Sector Social Good Report

The 'Fitness Sector Social Good Report' is being published on March 6, 2014. The report is a collaborative effort between Ray Algar, ukactive and Matrix Fitness. The fundamental purpose of this report is to explore the idea that a business with a purpose beyond maximising its own self-interests can ensure long-term ...

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Pure Gym and The Gym Group Announce Merger Plans

Pure Gym and The Gym Group today announced plans to merge, subject to regulatory approval. The new company will be a combination of the current Pure Gym, owned by CCMP Capital Advisors, and The Gym Group owned by Phoenix Equity Partners and Bridges Ventures. Financial terms have not been disclosed. The ...

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Click to join, click to give: The Gym Group

This is the second of a year-long series of Gymtopia projects being serialised in Health Club Management magazine. This second article discusses UK-based The Gym Group and their online charity giving programme.      

Lower gym fees for more consumers in 2014, predicts industry report

National chains of low-cost, high technology self-service gyms are set for accelerated growth in 2014, introducing new nationwide brands to high streets (and the odd grocery superstore), bringing down monthly membership fees across the industry, grabbing market share and further squeezing established middle-market names such as LA Fitness, Fitness First ...

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New report – 2013 Review of the UK Health and Fitness Industry and 2014 Outlook

Today I am publishing my 2013/2014 review of the UK Health and Fitness Industry. The document captures the key events that shaped the industry during 2013 and then discusses the outlook for 2014. The report (in PDF form) can be purchased from my Knowledge Store.     Reports Contents A review of 2013 Changes in ...

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Gymtopia article series with Health Club Managment – article 1 Cia Athletica Brazil

This is the first of a year-long series of Gymtopia projects being serialised in Health Club Management magazine. This first article discusses a gym member shoe donation programme by Cia Athletica clubs in Brazil. You can read here why I developed Gymtopia.

Why giving back to communities matters to The Gym Group

Recently, I caught up with John Treharne, CEO of UK-based, The Gym Group. We were discussing Gymtopia, my new project, and the various Charity partners that the The Gym Group supports. Here is the interview: ------------- Ray Algar: When was The Gym Group founded and why was it started? John Treharne: ‘The Gym ...

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