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400,000+ rEadErS leisure opportunities 7 december - 13 december 2012 ISSUE 595 Daily news & jobs: Confidence ‘on the up’ among health club managers

More than a third (42 per cent) of all senior managers working in the UK health and fitness industry are confident that the performance of their business will improve over the next 12 months. Te figure – from the latest

Fitness Industry Confidence Survey (FICS), compiled by customer insight specialist Leisure-net Solutions is con- siderably higher than two years ago, when only 17 per cent of managers were optimistic about their business future. Te industry’s confidence in

in general as the main threat, followed by member reten- tion (13 per cent), utility costs (9 per cent) and membership sales (6 per cent). However, more than a third

More than a third of managers expect to increase the level of investment in clubs in 2013

improving primary income streams is also up – the figure has risen to more than a third (39 per cent) this year, up from 23 per cent in 2010. However, when asked about the state of the

UK economy as a whole, 40 per cent expect things to get worse and only 13 per cent are optimistic about the next 12 months – the remaining 47 per cent expect the economy

UK Sport and Sport England merger ‘off’

Te planned merger of UK Sport and Sport England is “likely to be scrapped’ according to the Guardian. Following on from a previous, exclu-

sive report in the newspaper in January, the Guardian claims that the plans have now been cancelled in the wake of Team GB’s Olympic success in the summer. Both UK Sport and Sport England declined to comment. When contacted by Leisure Opportunities, a

spokesperson for the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) said the matter was as yet undecided. “No final decision has been made,” he said. “But we are looking at ways in which we can


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ensure the strongest approach to community and elite sport in this country on the back of a successful London 2012.” UK Sport is the country’s elite sport fund-

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to remain roughly the same. Te uncertain economy and the rapid expansion of budget fitness chains has leſt its mark on the industry in 2012 – 59 per cent of health club managers said they had experienced increased competi- tion for revenue in the past 12 months. When asked about the one major chal- lenge for 2013, 37 per cent saw the economy

of managers (37 per cent) expect to increase the level of investment in their current facilities during 2013, while 45 per cent will keep capital expenditure at 2012 levels. Only 20 per cent are expect- ing to cut investment. Mike Hill, managing direc- tor of Leisure-net Solutions, said: “Te FICS provides a barom-

eter for the past year, and gives the industry useful indicators for the year ahead. “From the 2012 survey it seems that, while

macro economic conditions continue to pres- ent problems, for the first time we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel, with most key indicators showing signs of improvement.” Details:


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