Posts filed under “UK health and fitness news”

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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Flourish, a new event for fitness independents

It was while I was researching my health club industry mid-market report that I began to recognise the considerable change that the independent club sector was under. For the past 10 years, the recurring UK fitness industry story has been the emergence of low-cost gyms. They have captured the imagination of ...

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Taking a forward look at the health club industry for 2017

Recently I was invited to contribute to Health Club Management's 2017 Handbook. A number of health and fitness industry commentators were asked to focus on a single theme for the coming year. I chose the importance of reputation: The health club industry was built with a focus on the tangible experience; ...

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The future of mid-market health clubs

Health Club Management magazine contacted me recently to discuss a feature they were writing on change in the health club mid-market. They were asking this question: 'For the past decade, since the advent of low-cost clubs, there’s been talk of the mid-market disappearing. These clubs are still hanging on, but ...

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Comment on Pure Gym buying LA fitness

On May 29th 2015 came news that Pure Gym was buying LA fitness, subject to approval from the Competition and Markets Authority, the competition regulator. Of all the potential buyers including Fitness First, Sports Direct and Terra Firma, I was surprised on hearing this news. Fitness First was seen as ...

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Boutique fitness studios fire warning shots at big brand fitness chains

New industry report charts rise of boutique fitness studios In a mature, inert fitness industry, boutiques are driving growth Big industry players need to sit up and take notice Small, specialised, independent fitness studios – classed collectively as boutique studios – have the potential to take significant market share from the large, big-brand, ...

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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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KSL Capital Partners acquire UK-based Velocity Health and Fitness Clubs

KSL Capital Partners, the U.S. private equity firm dedicated to investing in travel and leisure businesses has acquired Village Urban Resorts (Village) from De Vere Group. Founded in 1995, Village Urban Resorts (Village) has 25 locations throughout the UK with a Velocity Health and Fitness Club embedded in each hotel. ...

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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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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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