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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 26 JUNE – 03 JULY 2012 ISSUE 583 Daily news & jobs: BISL unveils new industry report

A new study commissioned by Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL) and compiled by global consulting firm Oliver Wyman has underlined the “significant contribution” of the UK leisure sector. State of the UK Leisure

Industry: A Driver for Growth was launched at an event held in central London on 12 June, which was attended by tour- ism minister John Penrose. Te new study revealed that

leisure employs 2.6 million people, a figure second only to the retail sector and rep- resenting 8.8 per cent of the total UK workforce. More than a fiſth of 16- to-25-year- olds working in the UK (21 per cent) are employed within the sector. BISL’s report, which aims to demonstrate

Paul Elliott was handed a CBE for his sport work

Leisure sector represented on Birthday Honours List

A number of individuals from the leisure industry – including the sport, heritage and arts sectors – have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2012. Among those awarded a CBE is Paul

John Penrose: “Tere is an enormous amount to admire in this report”

how leisure can create jobs and deliver growth, contains a number of recommendations for

Arts/heritage groups net endowment grants

Michael Portillo has confirmed that 34 arts and heritage organisations across England are to share £56m worth of endowment grants, which will help unlock further investment. Te funding has been made avail-

able through Catalyst: Endowments – a joint initiative between the gov- ernment, Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. It is hoped the grants will help suc-

cessful bidders in attracting a further £106m of investment from private and corporate donors. Read more:


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the government to better support the sec- tor – including a designated cabinet member responsible for “championing” the sector. Read more:

Openings ‘gather pace’ in London

Drivers Jonas Deloitte has found that sport and fitness facility openings in London have “gath- ered pace” ahead of the 2012 Games. According to the latest Sports Crane sur-

vey, more than 350 new facilities have been unveiled across the capital since it was awarded the Games’ hosting rights in 2005. Te figure includes 100 new-build facilities,

with the remainder consisting of extensions to existing centres. Nearly two-thirds of the proj- ects have been privately-funded. Te gym sector has seen “significant expan-

sion”, with nearly 7,500 stations opened since 2006; 2,000 of which were added in 2011 and 76 per cent of which are in the budget sector.

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Becontree Heath is one of London’s new leisure sites Among the new facilities opened in London

since 2005 is Becontree Heath Leisure Centre, a new-build venue designed by S&P Architects and unveiled in Dagenham in May 2011. Read more:

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Elliott, the former Chelsea footballer and already an MBE, for his work as trustee of equality campaign Kick It Out. Royal Shakespeare Company executive

director Vikki Heywood; UK Sport’s Peter Keen; and National Museum Scotland’s Dr Gordon Rintoul also received CBEs. Read more:

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