LIVE: news
6:58 AM | 25 Nov 2020
Agenda

Integrated approaches to health and social care
Exploring why governments should strive for a more preventative and joined up approach to health, and outlining how the physical activity sector can partner with other sectors to support the creation of healthier, more resilient communities.
14:00-16:00
Keynotes
Dr Angela Spatharou, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Panelists
(Chair) Kenny Butler, Head of Health and Wellbeing, ukactive
James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England
Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better
Warren Smyth, Chief Executive Officer, Abbeycroft Leisure

You can sign up below.
16:31 PM | 23 Nov 2020
Starts at 4.30pm on the time clock.
PROMOTION
13:05 PM | 18 Nov 2020
UK Parliament has confirmed a full Parliamentary debate will take place on Monday 23 November on the reopening of gyms during lockdown.

HCM understands that 15 MPs will be allowed to take part in the debate.

MPs have until 1.00pm this Friday (20th November) to register to speak.

ukactive is asking industry professionals to lobby their MPs.
PROMOTION
1:30 AM | 17 Nov 2020
Humphrey Cobbold, CEO of PureGym, appeared before the UK government's BEIS select committee on 17 November, in a session examining the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers.

Witnesses at the hearing were: Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, The British Retail Consortium; Mike Cherry OBE, National Chair, Federation of Small Businesses; Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive, UKHospitality; Ralph Findlay, Chief Executive, Marston's PLC; Humphrey Cobbold, Chief Executive, PureGym; Dr Sonali Joshi, Founder and Director of Policy and Communications, ExcludedUK; Paul Fleming, General Secretary, Equity; Tony Dale, Head of Research, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers; Mike Brewer, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Economist, Resolution Foundation; Henry Chango Lopez, General Secretary, Independent Workers Union of Great Britain
0:41 AM | 17 Nov 2020
Community Leisure UK has launched a new network for charitable trusts in Wales with funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

The objective is to establish an organised, though informal, network that shares best practice, works collaboratively, supports one another, and engages partners to raise awareness of the wider benefits of artistic and cultural activity.

Network participants will benefit from:

Having a peer support network amongst Welsh culture trusts, with a safe and supportive space for charitable trusts to work collaboratively and share their learning on managing their portfolio of services and facilities;

Having a safe space to discuss demographic reach and audience data and insights, and to share learning on reaching currently excluded groups;

Exploring relevant thematic matters and arrangements that will support trusts to effectively manage public arts services, and for their work to be inclusive of, and accessible to their local communities so as to increase arts participation;

Closer collaborative working between organisations that engage in the network, with the potential to discuss mergers through centralised CRM systems and shared Box Office functions to enable more sustainable delivery models for public arts services;

Support of personal and professional development of individual participants;

Having this network as a horizon scanner in relation to opportunities, risks and trends of the public arts landscape in Wales, and to learn from developments in England and Scotland through learnings shared from the wider network of CL-UK.

Sessions will be virtual to respect Covid-19 regulations and to make the network more accessible. This network is open to all independent charities and social enterprises managing arts services and facilities, taking a wide interpretation of the arts, including, but not limited to theatres, performance venues, and participatory arts activities organised from these and other multi-purpose venues across Wales.

If you are a charity or social enterprise working in the arts in Wales and interested in becoming part of this new network, please get in touch. Our first session takes place on December 7 between 14:00-15:30. Please register your interest by following this link and scrolling to the bottom of the story.
PROMOTION
0:10 AM | 24 Jul 2020

Breaking / Gyms in Luton UK will not reopen this Saturday, due to COVID-19 spike

Luton UK has entered local lockdown, as COVID-19 cases spike.

The council has agreed with health inspectors that gyms and leisure centres will not be permitted to open on Saturday 25th as a result.

An emergency testing centre has been set up at a local school and people are being advised to stay at home to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
20:00 PM | 25 May 2020
The next Fit Summit will take place on 17 June 2020 from 7.00am to 10.00am BST

Speakers will include:

Bechara Saab - Mobio Interactive

Brooke Vulinovich - social media consultant

Gemma Bonnett-Kolakowska - former global head of marketing, MYZONE and Matrix

Hendrik Chasse - Atlas Asset Management

Jean-Baptiste Roy - Asia Sports Tech

Juraj Kocar - Somavedic

Jim Huether - Hyperice

Lara Morgan - investor and advisor

Linda Tang - WeBarre

Loron Orris - Asia Sports Tech

Laura Ranin - Healthzilla

Owen Bowling - CrankIt Fitness

Remi Nodet - Exerp

Rocky Chow - Hong Kong Rugby Union

Saurabh Bajpai - L Catterton

Unmish Parthasarathi - Picture Board Partners

Vlado Bosanac - MyFiziq
PROMOTION
19:44 PM | 25 May 2020
This event with VivaGym CEO, Juan Del Río Nieto, is on Thursday, May 28 at 11.00 am EDT.
21:40 PM | 21 May 2020
Bernard Donoghue, CEO of ALVA, has been on BBC news talking about the economic impact of COVID-19 on UK tourism and attractions, the economic consequences of a 14-day quarantine on UK tourism and the need for a Bank Holiday in October to partially compensate for the loss of Easter and two May Bank Holidays.
PROMOTION
21:01 PM | 21 May 2020
You can now sign up for FIBO USA - 6-8 November 2020 in Miami Beach.
15:47 PM | 19 May 2020
Specialist wayfinding and design consultancy CCD Design & Ergonomics and museum app Smartify, have published a toolkit to support museums adopt new social distancing measures and effectively remobilise.

Read and download the white paper below.
PROMOTION
15:41 PM | 19 May 2020
A new business intelligence report released by HTF MI, called Global gym and health clubs market size, status and forecast 2025 has been released with a cover price of US$3,300.

Mentioned in it are Bev Francis's Powerhouse Gym, Metroflex Gym, Original Temple Gym, Titan Fitness, Crunch Fitness, David Lloyd Leisure, Equinox, Fitness International, Gold's Gym, McFIT, Scandinavian Fitness, UFC Gym, X Sport Fitness & Virgin Active.
20:48 PM | 16 May 2020

COVID-19 / Longleat lights up to thank the NHS

The team at Longleat House in Wiltshire, UK, is showing its gratitude to the National Health Service and health keyworkers this weekend, by lighting the house with the COVID-19 tribute rainbow, in partnership with Zeal Live.

PROMOTION
16:03 PM | 15 May 2020
For those job hunting during COVID, the Women in Fitness organisation is running a website - Building a rockstar resumé/crushing the Interview - next Monday 21 May at 10.00am EST, 1.00pm PST.

15:58 PM | 15 May 2020
US hotel operators sold more than 10 million room nights for the week ending 9 May, according to STR’s SVP of lodging insights Jan Freitag.

Freitag said that represents an improvement of more than 3 million room nights over the week of 11 April, and is a good indicator of a recovery, albeit a slow one.

For the weekend of 9 May, occupancy reached 30.1 per cent, the second consecutive “very healthy” increase in weekend occupancies, he said.

Find out more on News Now.
PROMOTION
21:38 PM | 13 May 2020
Governments have begun easing their COVID-19 lockdown measures, resulting in the gradual reopening of health clubs, gyms and fitness facilities. HCM gives the lowdown.
21:02 PM | 11 May 2020
Hearst Magazines has announced a virtual health and wellness summit, called From me to we: rethinking health perceptions in the age of Covid-19.

The event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, 20 May from 12.00noon-1.00pm EST.

PROMOTION
17:04 PM | 10 May 2020
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced its Wellness For Cancer Initiative will be holding a webinar on Repurposing Digital Content For The Cancer Community on Thursday, May 14 from 9.00am-10.00am EST.

The Zoom session will see representatives from leading cancer charities joining Six Senses, Accor, Como Hotels and Resorts, Euphoria Retreat and other leading hotel operators, along with Julie Bach, president of Wellness for Cancer and head of the GWI's Wellness for Cancer Initiative.

You can sign up for the Zoom meeting at the link below.

Other GWI initiatives this week will include:

The future of wellness at work, 12 May, 9.00am EST

Sign up here

Masterclass: Dr Richard Carmona, 13 May at 9.30am EST

Sign up here
16:58 PM | 06 May 2020
Football Fans Together is launching a campaign to unite the UK community of football fans as a collective to raise funds and donate for the NHS and Community Football during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative will reach out to the many hundreds of thousands of people in football supporters’ groups via all social media channels, to gain their support and ask for a small donation.

A target of £200,000 has been set - 75 per cent of the proceeds will go directly to NHS Charities Together, the charity representing over 230 NHS Charities and 25 per cent to Football Beyond Borders, an education charity which uses the power of football to support disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Find out more at the link below.
PROMOTION
23:43 PM | 05 May 2020
IHRSA is running a free webinar called Reopening Strategy Lessons from HV/LP Health Clubs on Thursday, May 7 at 3 pm EDT.

You can sign up at the link below.
17:39 PM | 05 May 2020
Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive and Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA will be giving briefings and taking questions about the industry's response to COVID-19 in this week's Les Mills webinar on Thursday 7 May at 2.00pm.

The event, hosted by Martin Franklin - CEO Europe, Les Mills and Carl McCartney - customer experience director, Les Mills UK, will be available at the link below:
PROMOTION
16:03 PM | 05 May 2020
The Swimathon Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the swimming and aquatics community deal with the impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
15:51 PM | 05 May 2020
The UK government will fund aquariums and zoos to keep them afloat with a substantial £14m rescue package.
Lord Goldsmith, Animal Welfare Minister, said:

Even in these very difficult times, the government remains absolutely committed to high standards of animal welfare. We know that many of our zoos are facing real pressure as a consequence of coronavirus, and we have made support available to them, including business rates relief and the business interruption loan scheme.

This new Zoo Support Fund is designed to help those that need additional support to maintain the welfare of their animals. We are continuing to engage with some of the largest zoos to respond to their additional specific concerns.
PROMOTION
12:28 PM | 05 May 2020
The global will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, a delay that allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19, and allows the World Expo to "focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time."
0:22 AM | 02 May 2020

COVID-19 / Six Flags says it will reopen its parks in mid-May

Six Flags has said it will open its theme parks across the US in mid-May "or as soon as possible thereafter" with special measures in place to guard against COVID-19 transmission.

CEO Michael Spanos said these will include face masks, temperature checks, reduced attendance, virtual queueing, mobile ordering, cashless transactions, social distancing and constant sanitisation, reports the LA Daily News.

Spanos said surveys of Six Flags passholders found 50 per cent would visit the parks if they were open.

Around 80 per cent said they would visit a Six Flags park in 2020 if the company implemented health and safety measures.

“Based on our surveys, it seems that our guests are eager to return to our parks,” Spanos said.

PROMOTION
23:28 PM | 01 May 2020
classfinder.org.uk will be running a 12-hour exercise marathon to raise funds for Women’s Aid on Sunday 10th May 2020.

Domestic abuse deaths are three times higher during the period since lockdown when compared to the same time last year.

During the first two weeks of lockdown, Women’s Aid reported an increase of 41 per cent in users visiting their Live Chat site.

To support women and children enduring lockdown in abusive homes, Women’s Aid has extended its opening hours and online services.

Taking place between 8am-8pm, 24 qualified group fitness professionals will lead 30-minute fitness classes.

There will be family-friendly classes with viBeatz Kidz & Teenz, Baby Beats and Darcey Bussell’s DDMIX sessions, aimed at both children and parents.

The event will also have half-hour slots, with classes such as Zumba, Boxercise, Clubbercise, Broga and RockBox.

There will be accessible classes, with an inclusive session from Sam James of Inclusfit and low-impact classes from Move it or Lose it, Medau and KFA. These will provide gentle exercises for beginners and those with less mobility.

Donations can be made to the JustGiving page below.

For more information contact Brett Pearson at EMD UK by email [email protected]
23:03 PM | 29 Apr 2020
Fitness Industry Technology Council is running a webinar on May 12 between 12.00 and 12.45pm MDT.

Topics will include:

- Key trends for "gyms of the future"

- Trends accelerated by the pandemic and how to capitalise on this opportunity

- A look at an industry solution that provides you with:

A flexible and easy way to adapt to quickly changing regulations and expectations

A toolkit to reliably get members (back) into the gym and develop healthy habits
Information to prepare you for the likely challenges of recurring lockdown scenarios

Panellists:

- John Ford, CEO, egym North America
- Dana Milkie, VP digital solutions, egym
- Bryan O'Rourke, CEO FITC and Vedere Ventures

You can sign up free via LinkedIn for the event.
PROMOTION
22:26 PM | 29 Apr 2020
Software expert Mindbody has produced a relaunch guide for spa and wellness businesses closed by the pandemic.

The guide is free to download from the Mindbody Business website at the link below.
11:54 AM | 29 Apr 2020
IAKS has set up a COVID-19 portal on its website to aggregate inforamtion about reopening for sports facilities.

Find out more by following the link.
PROMOTION
11:51 AM | 29 Apr 2020

Partnerships / Community Leisure partners with Technogym

Community Leisure UK, the members’ association representing 110 operators across 3,800 leisure facilities, has announced a new business partnership with Technogym UK.

The two-year partnership will see Technogym working with Community Leisure UK in its mission to support registered charities, societies and community interest companies to deliver public leisure.

“We're delighted to have Technogym as a business partner, given the current and future challenges our sector faces, its support, extensive knowledge and experience will be invaluable,” said Cate Atwater, CEO of Community Leisure UK.

The announcement sees Community Leisure UK finalise its business partners list for 2020/21 – Technogym joins partners DFC, Endsleigh, Gladstone, Les Mills and Big Wave Media.

“Now more than ever, supporting and promoting the fantastic work of the leisure sector is crucial to the wellbeing and health of the nation. At Technogym this partnership with Community Leisure UK is one of many initiatives we are undertaking to support the sector," said Steve Barton, MD of Technogym UK
22:39 PM | 28 Apr 2020
Global fitness brand, Les Mills, is running weekly webinars each Thursday from 2.00pm - 2.45pm GMT.

This week (Thursday 30 April), you can take part to hear Keith Burnet, CEO of global markets, and Carl McCartney, customer experience director, discussing learnings gathered from leading clubs around the world.

Les Mills trades globally and is in close contact with operators, sharing best practice and collaborating to find solutions to the pandemic shutdown.

You can sign up at the link below.
PROMOTION
21:23 PM | 28 Apr 2020
The UK's tourism agencies are promoting the government's new Bounce Back loans to attraction and tourism businesses.

The loans launch on 4 May.

They are designed to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.

The government will guarantee 100 per cent of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.

The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.
23:39 PM | 27 Apr 2020

Education / Book4Time plans weekly webinars

Software company, Book4Time says it wants to make sure it's encouraging customers to work on their businesses, even when they can't work in it.

The company is launching a weekly webinar series to further training, education and learning, saying: "We want our clients to be ready to return to work, stronger than they were before."

To sign up, contact [email protected]
PROMOTION
15:37 PM | 27 Apr 2020

After COVID / Italy eases lockdown on sports

The prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has announced his country will start to come out of lockdown on 4 May after seven weeks.

Individual athletes will be allowed to resume training and people will be allowed to play sports – not only in the vicinity of their homes, but also over a wider area.

Sports teams will also be able to hold group training from 18 May.

Bars and restaurants will reopen for takeaway service from 4 May – not just delivery as now – but food must be consumed at home or in an office.

Hairdressers, beauty salons, bars and restaurant dine-in services will restart from 1 June.

Shops not already opened under the earliest easing measures will reopen on 18 May, along with museums and libraries.

In Switzerland, garden centres and hairdressers will open their doors next Monday.
15:36 PM | 26 Apr 2020
The ukactive team, led by Tanni Grey-Thompson – are running 'backyard marathons' today (26 April - the day the London Marathon was scheduled to take place) to raise cash for foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust.

The team is currently running at 259% over its fundraising target.

You can still sponsor them at the link below. Not too late.
PROMOTION
12:34 PM | 25 Apr 2020
A REX webinar called THE GREAT CHANGE Lockdown Tactics & Re-Opening Strategies will take place this coming Monday 27, at 4.00pm CEST (Rome time).

Taking part will be Jonathan Fisher (Holmes Places), Victor Brick (Planet Fitness - Brick Bodies), David Minton (The Leisure Database Company), Brent Darden (REX USA), Anthony Barquisseau (Genae Clubs), Paula Caleca (Grupo Gymnasium) and Annie Fältman (360 Träningscenter).

Sign up at the link below.
12:30 PM | 25 Apr 2020
Although the attraction is currently closed, the plant specialists at Eden are continuing to maintain and cultivate the attractions' magnificent gardens and are sharing their work online and on social.

Catch up with the beauty at the link below.
PROMOTION
11:02 AM | 23 Apr 2020
The Remix Academy has revealed a range of creative workshops and webinars - find out more here:
16:59 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The economic consequences from COVID-19 will be stark and hotels are likely to be disproportionately impacted, says Knight Frank.

With the ongoing enforced lockdown, the current focus is one of survival, with cash conservation and liquidity of immediate concern. The range of fiscal measures put in place by the UK government, in particular, the business rates 12-month holiday for the hospitality sector, together with the ability to furlough staff for an initial period of up to 3-months, have substantially reduced the holding costs to hoteliers of a closed hotel operation.

To be ready and responsive to the opportunities ahead and to provide hope at this time of great uncertainty, Knight Frank takes a look at how the UK hotel sector has survived past events.

Whilst the immediate economic impact is anticipated by many to be more severe than past economic downturns, the Knight Frank team outlines what the forthcoming recovery may potentially look like.
PROMOTION
13:22 PM | 21 Apr 2020
A group of furloughed ad agency experts are offering free advice to small businesses such as fitness studios.

If you're a small business, this is their message to you:

We're a group of advertising people from some of the best agencies in London.

And we’ve been furloughed.

Which has left us in the unique situation of being paid not to work.

So, instead of starting a podcast or learning the art of baking sourdough, we decided to set up Not Fur’ Long and use our time to help brands and small businesses survive and thrive in these challenging times.

What we do
Our aim is to offer strategic and creative support to businesses during these
uncertain times, and help set them up for success later down the line.

Why we do it
Most reports suggest that this crisis will result in the closure of 1 in 5 small
and medium sized businesses.

But these businesses are the life blood of every community. Whether it’s your local pub, your favourite fitness studio or that lovely coffee shop that knows exactly how you like your Cortado. It’s those businesses that give a sense of identity to your community.

And it’s those businesses we want to help.


Find out more at the link below
12:19 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The Global Wellness Summit is running a series of masterclasses on Instagram and talking to a range of industry experts about the pandemic.

Tomorrow will be Anna Bjurstam from Six Senses talking about Creativity in the time of global crisis.

Follow the link below for more details
PROMOTION
12:11 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Complete the ISPA Snapshot Survey to help ISPA keep up to date with how COVID-19 is changing the industry.
12:08 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Southeast Spa Wellness Association is opening up its zoom networking 'virtual gathering' today to everyone who want to come along today 21 April at 5.00pm EST.

"Goal is to keep connected and united, learn and develop and brainstorm with each other!"

Sign up is limited to 100 participants

Register in advance for this meeting at the link below.

11:47 AM | 21 Apr 2020

COVID-19 / Disney stops paying 100,000 staff

The Financial Times is reporting that Disney has 'stopped paying' 100,000 staff to save US$500m a month - cuts thought to be far deeper than those being made by other theme park operators.
0:07 AM | 21 Apr 2020
When industry events re-start, there may be some government controls.

According to industry insiders, the UK government has indicated that there may need to be a system or process in place that prioritises events in relation to their economic value, with less significant events potentially being asked to reshedule.
20:31 PM | 20 Apr 2020
The following from Barclaycard:

Spending on non-essentials was down 12.9 per cent, with many retailers impacted by the introduction of social distancing measures. Travel expenditure – which includes public transport – declined by 40.5 per cent, while restaurants and bars, pubs and clubs contracted 35.5 per cent and 22.2 per cent respectively.

More time at home led to digital content and subscription spend rising 17.4 per cent as people entertained themselves by playing digital games, watching boxsets and accessing streaming services.

Consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since Barclaycard started its survey six years ago, with only 25 per cent of UK adults feeling positive about the state of the UK economy – down 17 percentage points from February.

Confidence in job security declined 6 per cent to 43 per cent, suggesting concern about the months to come.

However, Brits continue to be resolute about their own financial situation, with 68 per cent remaining positive about their household finances, broadly in line with last month. This could be attributed to the fact that 56 per cent said that they were saving money by avoiding the pub, eating out and commuting less.
11:34 AM | 20 Apr 2020
Lawyers in the US are taking action against six insurance companies that are refusing to settle insurance claims being made by service businesses because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The businesses allege they paid premiums to the insurance companies for business interruption insurance for situations in which they could be forced to close through no fault of their own, but their claims have been denied.
0:15 AM | 20 Apr 2020

Portfolio / Gold's Gym permanently closing 30 clubs in the US

Gold's Gym is closing between 30 and 32 if its US locations permanently, as part of COVID-19 streamlining. All sites are owned and operated by Golds and not franchise locations.

Golds has its name over the door of 700 clubs in 29 countries.

0:10 AM | 20 Apr 2020

Reopening / Chris Rondeau – Planet Fitness will unplug cardio machines to create social distance

Chris Rondeau, CEO of Planet Fitness, says the company is planning to unplug every other piece of cardio equipment to force space for social distancing before reopening.

Donald Trump has said he expects gyms to be in the first wave of reopenings in the US.

 


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LIVE: news
6:58 AM | 25 Nov 2020
Agenda

Integrated approaches to health and social care
Exploring why governments should strive for a more preventative and joined up approach to health, and outlining how the physical activity sector can partner with other sectors to support the creation of healthier, more resilient communities.
14:00-16:00
Keynotes
Dr Angela Spatharou, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England
Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair, Academy of Medical Royal Colleges
Panelists
(Chair) Kenny Butler, Head of Health and Wellbeing, ukactive
James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care, NHS England
Anna Dixon, Chief Executive, Centre for Ageing Better
Warren Smyth, Chief Executive Officer, Abbeycroft Leisure

You can sign up below.
16:31 PM | 23 Nov 2020
Starts at 4.30pm on the time clock.
PROMOTION
13:05 PM | 18 Nov 2020
UK Parliament has confirmed a full Parliamentary debate will take place on Monday 23 November on the reopening of gyms during lockdown.

HCM understands that 15 MPs will be allowed to take part in the debate.

MPs have until 1.00pm this Friday (20th November) to register to speak.

ukactive is asking industry professionals to lobby their MPs.
PROMOTION
1:30 AM | 17 Nov 2020
Humphrey Cobbold, CEO of PureGym, appeared before the UK government's BEIS select committee on 17 November, in a session examining the impact of coronavirus on businesses and workers.

Witnesses at the hearing were: Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive, The British Retail Consortium; Mike Cherry OBE, National Chair, Federation of Small Businesses; Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive, UKHospitality; Ralph Findlay, Chief Executive, Marston's PLC; Humphrey Cobbold, Chief Executive, PureGym; Dr Sonali Joshi, Founder and Director of Policy and Communications, ExcludedUK; Paul Fleming, General Secretary, Equity; Tony Dale, Head of Research, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers; Mike Brewer, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Economist, Resolution Foundation; Henry Chango Lopez, General Secretary, Independent Workers Union of Great Britain
0:41 AM | 17 Nov 2020
Community Leisure UK has launched a new network for charitable trusts in Wales with funding from the Arts Council of Wales.

The objective is to establish an organised, though informal, network that shares best practice, works collaboratively, supports one another, and engages partners to raise awareness of the wider benefits of artistic and cultural activity.

Network participants will benefit from:

Having a peer support network amongst Welsh culture trusts, with a safe and supportive space for charitable trusts to work collaboratively and share their learning on managing their portfolio of services and facilities;

Having a safe space to discuss demographic reach and audience data and insights, and to share learning on reaching currently excluded groups;

Exploring relevant thematic matters and arrangements that will support trusts to effectively manage public arts services, and for their work to be inclusive of, and accessible to their local communities so as to increase arts participation;

Closer collaborative working between organisations that engage in the network, with the potential to discuss mergers through centralised CRM systems and shared Box Office functions to enable more sustainable delivery models for public arts services;

Support of personal and professional development of individual participants;

Having this network as a horizon scanner in relation to opportunities, risks and trends of the public arts landscape in Wales, and to learn from developments in England and Scotland through learnings shared from the wider network of CL-UK.

Sessions will be virtual to respect Covid-19 regulations and to make the network more accessible. This network is open to all independent charities and social enterprises managing arts services and facilities, taking a wide interpretation of the arts, including, but not limited to theatres, performance venues, and participatory arts activities organised from these and other multi-purpose venues across Wales.

If you are a charity or social enterprise working in the arts in Wales and interested in becoming part of this new network, please get in touch. Our first session takes place on December 7 between 14:00-15:30. Please register your interest by following this link and scrolling to the bottom of the story.
PROMOTION
0:10 AM | 24 Jul 2020

Breaking / Gyms in Luton UK will not reopen this Saturday, due to COVID-19 spike

Luton UK has entered local lockdown, as COVID-19 cases spike.

The council has agreed with health inspectors that gyms and leisure centres will not be permitted to open on Saturday 25th as a result.

An emergency testing centre has been set up at a local school and people are being advised to stay at home to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
20:00 PM | 25 May 2020
The next Fit Summit will take place on 17 June 2020 from 7.00am to 10.00am BST

Speakers will include:

Bechara Saab - Mobio Interactive

Brooke Vulinovich - social media consultant

Gemma Bonnett-Kolakowska - former global head of marketing, MYZONE and Matrix

Hendrik Chasse - Atlas Asset Management

Jean-Baptiste Roy - Asia Sports Tech

Juraj Kocar - Somavedic

Jim Huether - Hyperice

Lara Morgan - investor and advisor

Linda Tang - WeBarre

Loron Orris - Asia Sports Tech

Laura Ranin - Healthzilla

Owen Bowling - CrankIt Fitness

Remi Nodet - Exerp

Rocky Chow - Hong Kong Rugby Union

Saurabh Bajpai - L Catterton

Unmish Parthasarathi - Picture Board Partners

Vlado Bosanac - MyFiziq
PROMOTION
19:44 PM | 25 May 2020
This event with VivaGym CEO, Juan Del Río Nieto, is on Thursday, May 28 at 11.00 am EDT.
21:40 PM | 21 May 2020
Bernard Donoghue, CEO of ALVA, has been on BBC news talking about the economic impact of COVID-19 on UK tourism and attractions, the economic consequences of a 14-day quarantine on UK tourism and the need for a Bank Holiday in October to partially compensate for the loss of Easter and two May Bank Holidays.
PROMOTION
21:01 PM | 21 May 2020
You can now sign up for FIBO USA - 6-8 November 2020 in Miami Beach.
15:47 PM | 19 May 2020
Specialist wayfinding and design consultancy CCD Design & Ergonomics and museum app Smartify, have published a toolkit to support museums adopt new social distancing measures and effectively remobilise.

Read and download the white paper below.
PROMOTION
15:41 PM | 19 May 2020
A new business intelligence report released by HTF MI, called Global gym and health clubs market size, status and forecast 2025 has been released with a cover price of US$3,300.

Mentioned in it are Bev Francis's Powerhouse Gym, Metroflex Gym, Original Temple Gym, Titan Fitness, Crunch Fitness, David Lloyd Leisure, Equinox, Fitness International, Gold's Gym, McFIT, Scandinavian Fitness, UFC Gym, X Sport Fitness & Virgin Active.
20:48 PM | 16 May 2020

COVID-19 / Longleat lights up to thank the NHS

The team at Longleat House in Wiltshire, UK, is showing its gratitude to the National Health Service and health keyworkers this weekend, by lighting the house with the COVID-19 tribute rainbow, in partnership with Zeal Live.

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16:03 PM | 15 May 2020
For those job hunting during COVID, the Women in Fitness organisation is running a website - Building a rockstar resumé/crushing the Interview - next Monday 21 May at 10.00am EST, 1.00pm PST.

15:58 PM | 15 May 2020
US hotel operators sold more than 10 million room nights for the week ending 9 May, according to STR’s SVP of lodging insights Jan Freitag.

Freitag said that represents an improvement of more than 3 million room nights over the week of 11 April, and is a good indicator of a recovery, albeit a slow one.

For the weekend of 9 May, occupancy reached 30.1 per cent, the second consecutive “very healthy” increase in weekend occupancies, he said.

Find out more on News Now.
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21:38 PM | 13 May 2020
Governments have begun easing their COVID-19 lockdown measures, resulting in the gradual reopening of health clubs, gyms and fitness facilities. HCM gives the lowdown.
21:02 PM | 11 May 2020
Hearst Magazines has announced a virtual health and wellness summit, called From me to we: rethinking health perceptions in the age of Covid-19.

The event will take place on Zoom on Wednesday, 20 May from 12.00noon-1.00pm EST.

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17:04 PM | 10 May 2020
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI) has announced its Wellness For Cancer Initiative will be holding a webinar on Repurposing Digital Content For The Cancer Community on Thursday, May 14 from 9.00am-10.00am EST.

The Zoom session will see representatives from leading cancer charities joining Six Senses, Accor, Como Hotels and Resorts, Euphoria Retreat and other leading hotel operators, along with Julie Bach, president of Wellness for Cancer and head of the GWI's Wellness for Cancer Initiative.

You can sign up for the Zoom meeting at the link below.

Other GWI initiatives this week will include:

The future of wellness at work, 12 May, 9.00am EST

Sign up here

Masterclass: Dr Richard Carmona, 13 May at 9.30am EST

Sign up here
16:58 PM | 06 May 2020
Football Fans Together is launching a campaign to unite the UK community of football fans as a collective to raise funds and donate for the NHS and Community Football during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative will reach out to the many hundreds of thousands of people in football supporters’ groups via all social media channels, to gain their support and ask for a small donation.

A target of £200,000 has been set - 75 per cent of the proceeds will go directly to NHS Charities Together, the charity representing over 230 NHS Charities and 25 per cent to Football Beyond Borders, an education charity which uses the power of football to support disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Find out more at the link below.
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23:43 PM | 05 May 2020
IHRSA is running a free webinar called Reopening Strategy Lessons from HV/LP Health Clubs on Thursday, May 7 at 3 pm EDT.

You can sign up at the link below.
17:39 PM | 05 May 2020
Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive and Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA will be giving briefings and taking questions about the industry's response to COVID-19 in this week's Les Mills webinar on Thursday 7 May at 2.00pm.

The event, hosted by Martin Franklin - CEO Europe, Les Mills and Carl McCartney - customer experience director, Les Mills UK, will be available at the link below:
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16:03 PM | 05 May 2020
The Swimathon Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the swimming and aquatics community deal with the impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
15:51 PM | 05 May 2020
The UK government will fund aquariums and zoos to keep them afloat with a substantial £14m rescue package.
Lord Goldsmith, Animal Welfare Minister, said:

Even in these very difficult times, the government remains absolutely committed to high standards of animal welfare. We know that many of our zoos are facing real pressure as a consequence of coronavirus, and we have made support available to them, including business rates relief and the business interruption loan scheme.

This new Zoo Support Fund is designed to help those that need additional support to maintain the welfare of their animals. We are continuing to engage with some of the largest zoos to respond to their additional specific concerns.
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12:28 PM | 05 May 2020
The global will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, a delay that allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19, and allows the World Expo to "focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time."
0:22 AM | 02 May 2020

COVID-19 / Six Flags says it will reopen its parks in mid-May

Six Flags has said it will open its theme parks across the US in mid-May "or as soon as possible thereafter" with special measures in place to guard against COVID-19 transmission.

CEO Michael Spanos said these will include face masks, temperature checks, reduced attendance, virtual queueing, mobile ordering, cashless transactions, social distancing and constant sanitisation, reports the LA Daily News.

Spanos said surveys of Six Flags passholders found 50 per cent would visit the parks if they were open.

Around 80 per cent said they would visit a Six Flags park in 2020 if the company implemented health and safety measures.

“Based on our surveys, it seems that our guests are eager to return to our parks,” Spanos said.

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23:28 PM | 01 May 2020
classfinder.org.uk will be running a 12-hour exercise marathon to raise funds for Women’s Aid on Sunday 10th May 2020.

Domestic abuse deaths are three times higher during the period since lockdown when compared to the same time last year.

During the first two weeks of lockdown, Women’s Aid reported an increase of 41 per cent in users visiting their Live Chat site.

To support women and children enduring lockdown in abusive homes, Women’s Aid has extended its opening hours and online services.

Taking place between 8am-8pm, 24 qualified group fitness professionals will lead 30-minute fitness classes.

There will be family-friendly classes with viBeatz Kidz & Teenz, Baby Beats and Darcey Bussell’s DDMIX sessions, aimed at both children and parents.

The event will also have half-hour slots, with classes such as Zumba, Boxercise, Clubbercise, Broga and RockBox.

There will be accessible classes, with an inclusive session from Sam James of Inclusfit and low-impact classes from Move it or Lose it, Medau and KFA. These will provide gentle exercises for beginners and those with less mobility.

Donations can be made to the JustGiving page below.

For more information contact Brett Pearson at EMD UK by email [email protected]
23:03 PM | 29 Apr 2020
Fitness Industry Technology Council is running a webinar on May 12 between 12.00 and 12.45pm MDT.

Topics will include:

- Key trends for "gyms of the future"

- Trends accelerated by the pandemic and how to capitalise on this opportunity

- A look at an industry solution that provides you with:

A flexible and easy way to adapt to quickly changing regulations and expectations

A toolkit to reliably get members (back) into the gym and develop healthy habits
Information to prepare you for the likely challenges of recurring lockdown scenarios

Panellists:

- John Ford, CEO, egym North America
- Dana Milkie, VP digital solutions, egym
- Bryan O'Rourke, CEO FITC and Vedere Ventures

You can sign up free via LinkedIn for the event.
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22:26 PM | 29 Apr 2020
Software expert Mindbody has produced a relaunch guide for spa and wellness businesses closed by the pandemic.

The guide is free to download from the Mindbody Business website at the link below.
11:54 AM | 29 Apr 2020
IAKS has set up a COVID-19 portal on its website to aggregate inforamtion about reopening for sports facilities.

Find out more by following the link.
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11:51 AM | 29 Apr 2020

Partnerships / Community Leisure partners with Technogym

Community Leisure UK, the members’ association representing 110 operators across 3,800 leisure facilities, has announced a new business partnership with Technogym UK.

The two-year partnership will see Technogym working with Community Leisure UK in its mission to support registered charities, societies and community interest companies to deliver public leisure.

“We're delighted to have Technogym as a business partner, given the current and future challenges our sector faces, its support, extensive knowledge and experience will be invaluable,” said Cate Atwater, CEO of Community Leisure UK.

The announcement sees Community Leisure UK finalise its business partners list for 2020/21 – Technogym joins partners DFC, Endsleigh, Gladstone, Les Mills and Big Wave Media.

“Now more than ever, supporting and promoting the fantastic work of the leisure sector is crucial to the wellbeing and health of the nation. At Technogym this partnership with Community Leisure UK is one of many initiatives we are undertaking to support the sector," said Steve Barton, MD of Technogym UK
22:39 PM | 28 Apr 2020
Global fitness brand, Les Mills, is running weekly webinars each Thursday from 2.00pm - 2.45pm GMT.

This week (Thursday 30 April), you can take part to hear Keith Burnet, CEO of global markets, and Carl McCartney, customer experience director, discussing learnings gathered from leading clubs around the world.

Les Mills trades globally and is in close contact with operators, sharing best practice and collaborating to find solutions to the pandemic shutdown.

You can sign up at the link below.
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21:23 PM | 28 Apr 2020
The UK's tourism agencies are promoting the government's new Bounce Back loans to attraction and tourism businesses.

The loans launch on 4 May.

They are designed to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000.

The government will guarantee 100 per cent of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months.

Loan terms will be up to 6 years. No repayments will be due during the first 12 months. The government will work with lenders to agree a low rate of interest for the remaining period of the loan.

The scheme will be delivered through a network of accredited lenders.
23:39 PM | 27 Apr 2020

Education / Book4Time plans weekly webinars

Software company, Book4Time says it wants to make sure it's encouraging customers to work on their businesses, even when they can't work in it.

The company is launching a weekly webinar series to further training, education and learning, saying: "We want our clients to be ready to return to work, stronger than they were before."

To sign up, contact [email protected]
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15:37 PM | 27 Apr 2020

After COVID / Italy eases lockdown on sports

The prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has announced his country will start to come out of lockdown on 4 May after seven weeks.

Individual athletes will be allowed to resume training and people will be allowed to play sports – not only in the vicinity of their homes, but also over a wider area.

Sports teams will also be able to hold group training from 18 May.

Bars and restaurants will reopen for takeaway service from 4 May – not just delivery as now – but food must be consumed at home or in an office.

Hairdressers, beauty salons, bars and restaurant dine-in services will restart from 1 June.

Shops not already opened under the earliest easing measures will reopen on 18 May, along with museums and libraries.

In Switzerland, garden centres and hairdressers will open their doors next Monday.
15:36 PM | 26 Apr 2020
The ukactive team, led by Tanni Grey-Thompson – are running 'backyard marathons' today (26 April - the day the London Marathon was scheduled to take place) to raise cash for foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust.

The team is currently running at 259% over its fundraising target.

You can still sponsor them at the link below. Not too late.
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12:34 PM | 25 Apr 2020
A REX webinar called THE GREAT CHANGE Lockdown Tactics & Re-Opening Strategies will take place this coming Monday 27, at 4.00pm CEST (Rome time).

Taking part will be Jonathan Fisher (Holmes Places), Victor Brick (Planet Fitness - Brick Bodies), David Minton (The Leisure Database Company), Brent Darden (REX USA), Anthony Barquisseau (Genae Clubs), Paula Caleca (Grupo Gymnasium) and Annie Fältman (360 Träningscenter).

Sign up at the link below.
12:30 PM | 25 Apr 2020
Although the attraction is currently closed, the plant specialists at Eden are continuing to maintain and cultivate the attractions' magnificent gardens and are sharing their work online and on social.

Catch up with the beauty at the link below.
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11:02 AM | 23 Apr 2020
The Remix Academy has revealed a range of creative workshops and webinars - find out more here:
16:59 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The economic consequences from COVID-19 will be stark and hotels are likely to be disproportionately impacted, says Knight Frank.

With the ongoing enforced lockdown, the current focus is one of survival, with cash conservation and liquidity of immediate concern. The range of fiscal measures put in place by the UK government, in particular, the business rates 12-month holiday for the hospitality sector, together with the ability to furlough staff for an initial period of up to 3-months, have substantially reduced the holding costs to hoteliers of a closed hotel operation.

To be ready and responsive to the opportunities ahead and to provide hope at this time of great uncertainty, Knight Frank takes a look at how the UK hotel sector has survived past events.

Whilst the immediate economic impact is anticipated by many to be more severe than past economic downturns, the Knight Frank team outlines what the forthcoming recovery may potentially look like.
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13:22 PM | 21 Apr 2020
A group of furloughed ad agency experts are offering free advice to small businesses such as fitness studios.

If you're a small business, this is their message to you:

We're a group of advertising people from some of the best agencies in London.

And we’ve been furloughed.

Which has left us in the unique situation of being paid not to work.

So, instead of starting a podcast or learning the art of baking sourdough, we decided to set up Not Fur’ Long and use our time to help brands and small businesses survive and thrive in these challenging times.

What we do
Our aim is to offer strategic and creative support to businesses during these
uncertain times, and help set them up for success later down the line.

Why we do it
Most reports suggest that this crisis will result in the closure of 1 in 5 small
and medium sized businesses.

But these businesses are the life blood of every community. Whether it’s your local pub, your favourite fitness studio or that lovely coffee shop that knows exactly how you like your Cortado. It’s those businesses that give a sense of identity to your community.

And it’s those businesses we want to help.


Find out more at the link below
12:19 PM | 21 Apr 2020
The Global Wellness Summit is running a series of masterclasses on Instagram and talking to a range of industry experts about the pandemic.

Tomorrow will be Anna Bjurstam from Six Senses talking about Creativity in the time of global crisis.

Follow the link below for more details
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12:11 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Complete the ISPA Snapshot Survey to help ISPA keep up to date with how COVID-19 is changing the industry.
12:08 PM | 21 Apr 2020
Southeast Spa Wellness Association is opening up its zoom networking 'virtual gathering' today to everyone who want to come along today 21 April at 5.00pm EST.

"Goal is to keep connected and united, learn and develop and brainstorm with each other!"

Sign up is limited to 100 participants

Register in advance for this meeting at the link below.

11:47 AM | 21 Apr 2020

COVID-19 / Disney stops paying 100,000 staff

The Financial Times is reporting that Disney has 'stopped paying' 100,000 staff to save US$500m a month - cuts thought to be far deeper than those being made by other theme park operators.
0:07 AM | 21 Apr 2020
When industry events re-start, there may be some government controls.

According to industry insiders, the UK government has indicated that there may need to be a system or process in place that prioritises events in relation to their economic value, with less significant events potentially being asked to reshedule.
20:31 PM | 20 Apr 2020
The following from Barclaycard:

Spending on non-essentials was down 12.9 per cent, with many retailers impacted by the introduction of social distancing measures. Travel expenditure – which includes public transport – declined by 40.5 per cent, while restaurants and bars, pubs and clubs contracted 35.5 per cent and 22.2 per cent respectively.

More time at home led to digital content and subscription spend rising 17.4 per cent as people entertained themselves by playing digital games, watching boxsets and accessing streaming services.

Consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since Barclaycard started its survey six years ago, with only 25 per cent of UK adults feeling positive about the state of the UK economy – down 17 percentage points from February.

Confidence in job security declined 6 per cent to 43 per cent, suggesting concern about the months to come.

However, Brits continue to be resolute about their own financial situation, with 68 per cent remaining positive about their household finances, broadly in line with last month. This could be attributed to the fact that 56 per cent said that they were saving money by avoiding the pub, eating out and commuting less.
11:34 AM | 20 Apr 2020
Lawyers in the US are taking action against six insurance companies that are refusing to settle insurance claims being made by service businesses because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The businesses allege they paid premiums to the insurance companies for business interruption insurance for situations in which they could be forced to close through no fault of their own, but their claims have been denied.
0:15 AM | 20 Apr 2020

Portfolio / Gold's Gym permanently closing 30 clubs in the US

Gold's Gym is closing between 30 and 32 if its US locations permanently, as part of COVID-19 streamlining. All sites are owned and operated by Golds and not franchise locations.

Golds has its name over the door of 700 clubs in 29 countries.

0:10 AM | 20 Apr 2020

Reopening / Chris Rondeau – Planet Fitness will unplug cardio machines to create social distance

Chris Rondeau, CEO of Planet Fitness, says the company is planning to unplug every other piece of cardio equipment to force space for social distancing before reopening.

Donald Trump has said he expects gyms to be in the first wave of reopenings in the US.


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