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Release date: 3-Feb-2017

The UK health and fitness industry is in excellent shape, with the number of gym memberships exceeding the nine million mark for the first time ever.1 For the chance to be part of this booming industry, visit The National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham, on 17 and 18 February. The event will be sponsored by global fitness giant Anytime Fitness, which has recently announced the opening of its 100th UK club. The world’s fastest-growing fitness franchise will be exhibiting across both days with a mission to recruit enthusiastic and committed franchisees.

Ex-accountant David O’Donnell joined Anytime Fitness after discovering the brand at The National Franchise Exhibition. The 33 year-old was on the hunt for a new career that would benefit others as well as himself – so when he came across Anytime Fitness, he was immediately drawn to its proven business model and the chance to promote health and fitness.

He explains: “When I found Anytime Fitness, I was interested because it was a chance to provide something useful for a local community. Equally crucial was the sound business model in an industry that grew throughout the recession and is continuing to grow now.”

The beauty of franchising is that there is often the potential to expand the business. David has just opened his second Anytime Fitness club – also the brand’s 100th in the UK – in Ladbroke Grove, following on from the runaway success of his Tooting branch. He comments: “Anytime Fitness has created a very equitable system of costs and processes. It’s great that it helps local people, but it’s attractive because it works financially.”

With people becoming more and more health conscious, it is no wonder the fitness industry is continuing to flourish. The National Franchise Exhibition demonstrates this demand, with truGym also exhibiting at the event, providing fitness fanatics with a range of opportunities.

The Growing Your Own Business Conference, incorporated within the exhibition, gives visitors the opportunity to network with peers and learn from industry experts. Top entrepreneurs will also reveal the secrets behind their success in a set of inspirational keynotes. Speakers include Angela Enright, founder of online children’s shoe shop Huntleys Shoes, and Steve Bartlett, co-founder and CEO of social media marketing agency Social Chain.

The National Franchise Exhibition is exclusively supported by the industry’s sole regulatory body, The British Franchise Association (bfa). All exhibitors must pass the bfa’s strict accreditation process and offer a viable business model. Experts from the bfa will host a series of educational seminars at the event covering the fundamentals of franchising.

Alongside fitness franchises, there will be excellent opportunities on offer within a variety of sectors, including from leading brands such as McDonald’s, Ripples, Tutor Doctor and Zero Dry Time. Visitors will be able to receive free impartial advice from industry experts and take advantage of over 40 educational and invaluable seminars.

he National Franchise Exhibition takes place at the NEC, Birmingham, on 17th and 18th February 2017. Visitors can gain free entry by registering online with code FID1 at


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