Global gym brand expands into Belfast creating 16 jobs

Anytime Fitness franchisee Bradley Bate with Jennifer Hood, HSBC UK's relationship director for corporate banking in Northern Ireland
Gareth McKeown

A GLOBAL gym brand has expanded into Northern Ireland creating 16 jobs.

Health and fitness franchise Anytime Fitness opened its first gym in Belfast on Great Victoria Street earlier this year, with a second outlet in Stranmillis to follow in the coming months. Once operational the two 24/7 health clubs will employ a combined 16 members of staff.

The Belfast investment has been supported by a six-figure loan from HSBC UK and has allowed franchisee Bradley Bate to open the new clubs and purchase state-of-the-art equipment.

Mr Bate said the two new Belfast locations will "break the mould locally by going above and beyond on equipment standards".

"The new city centre location is already proving popular and we’re excited to open our second site in the coming months. HSBC UK’s support has been invaluable and it is thanks to their backing and expertise that we’re able to bring these clubs to Northern Ireland for the first time.”

HSBC UK relationship director for corporate banking in Northern Ireland, Jennifer Hood added:

“The current boom in fitness franchising means our franchise unit already supports a large number of Anytime Fitness outlets in the UK, so we have exactly the right experience to support Bradley. We’re thrilled to see Northern Ireland benefit from best in class facilities and equipment with these two new openings and wish Bradley and his team the best for what is a very exciting opportunity.”

Anytime Fitness currently has over 4,000 clubs around the world and over three million members on its books.

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