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Independently-owned health club chain Helio Fitness opened its third club in Bolton last month. The new location joins


Helio’s existing sites in Blackpool and St Annes. Facilities at the Bolton club include 170 pieces of CV and resistance equipment supplied by Pulse, a group exercise zone, an indoor cycling zone and a training area off ering Power Plates and TRX suspension training. Helio Fitness is owned by


T e Helio Fitness brand is owned by Neil Henshaw (second from right)


entrepreneur Neil Henshaw. Henshaw s ays: “We knew that


Pulse had been providing f i tness equipment solutions for almost 30 years, but had not previously considered changing from the company that we had previously


sourced equipment from. However, having reviewed each of the bidding suppliers’ off ers, our management team chose to make Helio Fitness the fi rst operation in the country to test Pulse’s new cardiovascular solution.”


gym member buys club out of receivership TOM WALKER


Paul Dumbell and Brian Green of KPMG, joint administrators of Simpson Leisure Limited, have agreed to sell the Old Hall Health Club & Spa near Knutsford, Cheshire, to a club member – Will Banks, owner of Cheshire Helicopters – for an undisclosed sum. T e deal was brokered by


specialist agents Christie + Co, who acted on behalf of the administrators. Included in the deal is a split-level health and fitness club, spa treatment area, indoor heated swimming pool, group exercise studio, two tennis courts and a lounge bar. Bank s ha s s a id he wi l l ke ep


the club operating and, indeed, has plans to improve the off ering. He explains: “T e club


T e new owner will rebrand the club as Cheshire Health Club & Spa


is currently undergoing rebranding to become Cheshire Health Club & Spa. We’ll have CV equipment with iPod interfaces and built-in TV screens, and Trixter Xdreams for indoor mountain bike workouts.”


payasugym launches in greater london TOM WALKER


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A new service that allows users to visit a number of gyms around the Greater London area has been launched. PayasUgym, the brainchild of entrepreneurs Neil Harmsworth and Jamie Ward, is an online


gym network that taps in to smartphone technology to allow customers to locate a gym, book a session and pay per visit, all without membership fees. A large number of the clubs that have signed up are independently-owned operations and single-site businesses.


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