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The FIA has negotiated a 24 per cent discount in VPL fees for members


Created in 1984, Video Performance Limited (VPL) was established to collect licence fees for the use of music videos – videos which are now commonplace as a source of background music and entertainment in gyms, health clubs and leisure centres. It is a legal requirement that all


businesses using tailored music video services purchase a VPL licence. For most organisations, this has


been an unexpected cost and one that can have a profound impact on the bottom line. That’s why the FIA has negotiated a 24 per cent discount for FIA members on an interim three-year deal and secured an undertaking that


they will not be liable for any backdated charges prior to January 2010, provided they take up a VPL licence through the FIA by 31 October 2010. David Stalker, FIA executive


director, says: “Negotiating a saving for FIA members is defi nitely an accomplishment we’re all proud of. Not only that, but we can also save our members thousands of pounds by securing the authority’s undertaking not to press for backdated charges.” FIA members can purchase an


annual VPL licence at the discounted rate of £285 (+VAT) through the FIA until 31 December 2010. This price will be fi xed for 2011 and 2012.


fi a fi tness directory nets top prize


The FIA, working in partnership with Optimum Fitness Software (OFS), has won an ‘outstanding achievement’ accolade at this year’s Interactive Media Awards for its work on ‘The Fitness Directory’. The award is the highest possible


recognition for the ‘highest standards of excellence in web design and development’ category. “Given the fact that consumers have


become so reliant on the internet for researching, browsing (for services and products), product evaluation and deal- fi nding, one of our key strategies has been building our online presence as


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a reference and referral expert,” says David Stalker, FIA executive director. “This is the reason why we went to


so much trouble to fi nd the best online consultancy – OFS – and together create a national shop window for operators. This award demonstrates that our industry now has a ‘best of breed’ site for our members.” Scott Hodson, managing director


of OFS, comments: “It’s an honour to have our work recognised. We feel strongly that our projects are world- class examples of how the internet can be used to enhance a company’s message and branding in our industry.”


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