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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 20 september – 3 OCtOber 2011 ISSUE 563 Daily news & jobs: Pickles approves £50m Leisuredome

Community secretary Eric Pickles has approved North Somerset Council’s decision to grant planning permission for the £50m Leisuredome com- plex at the Locking Parklands site in Weston-super-Mare. St Modwen is leading the

£400m transformation of the former RAF site, with local businessmen Mark and Clive Hamilton-Davies behind the proposals for the new multi- purpose leisure facility. A 210m (689ſt) indoor real

snow ski slope; a 40m (131ſt) climbing wall; and an indoor surfing centre will form part of the scheme, in addition to a health club, a crèche and a children’s activity zone. Local MP John Penrose said: “Weston won’t

Te centre is scheduled to open its doors in 2014

Bannockburn visitor centre plans receive go-ahead

A new Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre is to open ahead of the 700th anniversary of the historic event in 2014 aſter receiving the green light from Stirling Council. Historic Scotland and the National Trust

Leisuredome is set to feature the UK’s largest indoor real snow ski slope It is hoped that work will commence on site

just boast its traditional beachfront with don- keys and candy floss, but a 210m ski slope and the tallest climbing wall in the world.”

Klick Fitness begins roll out

Klick Fitness, the budget arm of Fitness First, has entered the UK market and will have nine clubs operating by the end of September. Te chain opened its first site in Wakefield on

5 September and its second in Bromborough, Merseyside on 15 September. Further clubs are scheduled to open in

Manchester (two) Aintree, Bradford, Ipswich, Sheffield and Stoke, with each Klick Fitness site providing a group exercise studio and func- tional training areas for small groups. Jason Worthy, head of central operations for

Klick, told Leisure Opportunities that the com- pany is looking to open more than nine clubs under the Klick banner.


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Klick will operate nine clubs by the end of September Worthy said: “Tis is a market that we expect

to grow very quickly.” Memberships will be available at a monthly

rate of £9.99 and annual rate of £99.99 and is to include a certain amount of classes.

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by the end of the year, with completion due in early 2013. Sir Robert McAlpine has been named as the primary contractor.

for Scotland are behind the scheme, which has been designed by a team fronted by Edinburgh-based Reiach and Hall. Sinclair Knight Merz; Turner and

Townsend; and KJ Tait feature as part of the design team for the project, while Bright White and Ian White Associates are also involved with the development.

Leisure SMEs forecast ‘strong growth’

A survey by private equity group ECI Partners has found that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the consumer and leisure sector are fore- casting “strong growth” this year. Te ECI Growth Survey revealed

that more than three quarters (76 per cent) of firms expect turnover to increase by more than 6 per cent over the coming 12 months. A third of SMEs are looking at

turnover growth of more than 20 per cent, with 70 per cent of businesses are expecting to recruit more staff during the forthcoming year.

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