Fitness industry


Entrepreneur interview: Jamie Ward, CEO and co-founder of PayAsUGym

Jamie Ward, CEO of PayAsUGym talks about raising investment and carving a growing niche for himself in the gym industry.


How to get charities involved in your brand, and why you’re missing out if you don’t

Here, Ben Moreland, co-founder of fitness clothing brand Asuno explains the benefits of giving a percentage of your company profits to charity.


Anytime Fitness founder Chuck Runyon on building a global brand

There are over 650 gyms in the UK, made up mostly by large fitness chains, including Anytime Fitness. Small, local gyms are quickly disappearing across the nation. According to Anytime Fitness founder Chuck Runyon, it's a case of 'adapt or die' as the industry gets more competitive.

Growth Planning

Fitness franchise beats out fast food chains in growth

Within six years of opening its first club in Bristol, Anytime Fitness now has 100 franchise clubs across the UK, growing faster than McDonald's, Dunkin' Donuts, and Subway.

Alternative Finance for Business

Experiential fitness: WeTRAIN launches a £600K campaign

Browse, book, share and split gym costs with a new 'Airbnb-style' app, fundraising on Seedrs.


GYMBOX becomes second fitness chain investment for Business Growth Fund

Fast-growing 'boutique' gym chain GYMBOX has been charged with £10 million of expansion capital to fund a roll-out.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Pure Gym and The Gym Group pump out merger deal

Two private equity-backed low-cost gym chains are merging to create an enlarged fitness offering throughout the UK.


Gym chain NRG targets 15 sites by the end of 2015 following investment

Angel investment syndicate Envestors has led a £900,000 funding round for health and fitness chain NRG GYM.


Personal trainer centre closes £20 million LDC deal

A £20 million investment from mid-market backer LDC will be used by The Training Room to expand into international markets.


Virgin gets active

Virgin Active has expanded its gym offering by acquiring Esporta for a consideration of £77.6 million.


How GPS helps fitness fans

GPS technology isn't just for cars. GrowthBusiness reviews how fitness fans can also benefit.


Pure Gym builds financial muscle

An operator of four gyms across the UK is planning a rapid expansion to 20 sites after raising £6 million of venture capital.