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400,000+ reAders leisure opportunities 6 september – 19 september 2011 ISSUE 562 Daily news & jobs: Leisure sector ‘to drive’ UK growth

New research by Barclays Corporate has found that the hospitality and leisure indus- tries are set to drive economic growth across “all areas” of the UK over the next decade. A number of business lead-

ers were surveyed on what they expected prospects to be like for their companies in 10 years’ time as part of the Business in 2021 study. More than three quarters in

all but two regions indicated that hospitality and leisure is to play a key role in economic growth. Te remaining areas were London and the South East and the North West, with 57 per cent and 53 per cent of business leaders respectively expecting the sector to drive growth. Figures from the hospitality and leisure

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Barr to deliver new Aberdeen FC stadium

Barr Construction has been selected as the preferred contractor for Aberdeen Football Club’s new 21,000-capacity stadium to be developed on land near Loirston Loch. Earlier this year, the scheme was given

Business leaders expect hospitality and leisure to fuel economic growth Mike Saul of Barclays Corporate, said: “It is

industries themselves expected to see steady growth over the 10-year period.

Anytime Fitness opens UK base

US-based health club franchise Anytime Fitness has announced the opening of its new UK headquarters at the Riverside Shopping Centre in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. Te company’s new base includes a flagship

4,700sq ſt (437sq m) gym on the first floor – the first in the UK to showcase Anytime Fitness’ new design package. Equipped with machines from Precor’s

Experience Series strength and cardiovascular range, the new gym offers monthly member- ships at £32.95 and is open 24 hours a day. Andy Tompson, managing director for

Anytime Fitness UK, said: “Te opening pro- vides us with a site that we can showcase to


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Te group’s UK HQ features a 4,700sq ſt flagship gym

potential franchisees, enabling the brand to continue to grow within the UK. “Our first franchised club in Bristol now

has over 1,500 members, with further growth anticipated before the end of its first year.”

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clear that the majority of the UK’s hospitality and leisure sector believes in the fundamental strength of the UK as a place to do business.”

the green light by the Scottish Government aſter Aberdeen City Council approved Te Miller Partnership-designed proposals. Due for completion ahead of the 2013-14

season, it is hoped that work will start on the development early next year, with the stadium to include player, supporter and media facilities; a museum; and offices.

New-look Bedwellty House and Park opens

Bedwellty House and Park in Tredegar, South Wales, has officially reopened to the public, following the comple- tion of an extensive £5.9m restoration programme at the property. Te Grade II-listed property has

undergone an extensive renovation carried out by Blaenau Gwent Council and supported by a £3.6m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Cadw, the Welsh Assembly

Government’s Heads of the Valleys scheme and the European Regional Development Fund also backed the work to restore the house and park.

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