Posts tagged “Esporta”

John Cleland joins Esporta health clubs as new CEO

Esporta's search for a new CEO is over. John Cleland (44) joined the company last week and takes on the challenge to navigate Esporta towards better times. Cleland is a highly experienced retailer with a proven track record across the retail industry. He was appointed to the Somerfield Board as ...

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VAT rate goes down, but gym fees rise

>Just a few weeks ago, I was jumping with joy on the news that Esporta was passing the VAT reduction (UK sales tax reduces from 17.5% to 15%) on to members. It represented a £2 per month saving which just about buys a good cappuccino.Shock, horror and disbelief to discover ...

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Which UK health club chains will be passing on the VAT reduction?

>The official rate of UK Value Added Tax (sales tax) was reduced from 17.5% to 15% on the 1st December. Just one of many measures designed to kick-start the economy.So,what does this tax-reducing measure mean for gym fees? Well, my wife has a fitness and tennis membership at Esporta which ...

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How the health club industry needs to change

Neil Gillis, the former CEO of Esporta has now left the UK health club industry to rejuvenate the fortunes of Blacks, the outdoor leisure clothing retailer. However, since his departure, he has had made some very interesting observations which I wanted to share with you. These insights from a former ...

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The Esporta sale is off…for now

>The Esporta health club business has been up for sale for some time now, since its parent company went into administration. Today, I was hoping to announce the name of the new buyer, but for now, the sale is off.Grant Thornton, the administrators for Bell Leisure (Esporta's holding company) has ...

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A month of mixed fortunes for Esporta health clubs

What a mixed month in the fortunes of Esporta, the UK-based premium health, fitness and racquets club. Just a few weeks ago, the brand's Thorpe Wood club was revealed as winner of club of the year at this year's Fitness Leadership and Management Excellence (FLAME) award ceremony in Birmingham. A ...

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Fire at Brighton Esporta Health Club

Yet another fire has affected a Brighton health club. This time at the Esporta club in East Sussex. Several fire fighters spent hours tackling the outbreak which destroyed a large storage area this Tuesday. The fire almost spread to the polythene tennis bubble, but was contained as fire fighters were ...

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Esporta win Fitness Industry Assoociation Flame Award

Given all the present uncertainly over Esporta's future ownership, it was great to see Esporta Thorpe Wood Health & Racquets Club in Peterborough win the club of the year award for sites with between 2,500 and 4,000 members at the recent FLAME (Fitness Leadership and Management Excellence) awards. Clearly, sign of ...

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Esporta Sale Update

>I was chatting with Duncan Rowe this morning, Editor of Leisure Report Journal. We wondered how the Esporta sale was progressing as Duncan was nearing his press deadline. I decided to make a call to Grant Thornton, the administrator for Esporta's holding company for an update. So, I put in ...

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Loyal gym family get trapped in turnstile

>I was talking to a friend and exasperated Esporta member today. He and his family popped down to their local Esporta club at the weekend and could not get through the turnstile, after the four of them had swiped their membership cards. They tried again; same result. With an impatient ...

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