Robin Drysdale - UK’s First Franchisee - Two clubs and hungry for more

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Anytime Fitness offers our members convenient and affordable 24hr fitness. With the support of an experienced global franchisor, you can invest in this proven, low cost fitness franchise and join in our success.
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Anytime Fitness

  Opportunities:
In the UK
  Business Type:
Franchise
  Minimum Investment:
£170,000
  Training Provided:
Yes
  Home-based:
Yes
  Part time:
Yes
  BFA Membership:
Member - Associate

Robin Drysdale has been flying the flag for Anytime Fitness since he opened his first club in Clifton, Bristol in November 2010. On the back of the success of the Clifton club he has just opened a second Bristol club in Bradley Stoke in January 2012.

Anytime Fitness Franchise Opportunity

Robin Drysdale has been flying the flag for Anytime Fitness since he opened his first club in Clifton, Bristol in November 2010. On the back of the success of the Clifton club he has just opened a second Bristol club in Bradley Stoke in January 2012.

A successful sportsman himself, Robin played professional tennis for eight years. He was in the top 100 UK tennis players and reached the last 8 in the Australian Open, amongst other achievements. This clearly gave him a passion for sport and fitness as he then moved on to work in the leisure industry in racquet and health club development for many years, including a spell working for Esporta. He also provided tennis consultancy to Eton College for five years.

Why Anytime Fitness?
We asked Robin why he chose Anytime Fitness and what it was that made them stand out from the rest,
“I was looking for an interesting business and I decided I wanted to set up my own health club. I had a site all lined up and heard about the Anytime Fitness model through a business associate, so it just came at the right time. It made sense to take the plunge and start my first gym with the backing, branding and success of Anytime Fitness, rather than risk going it alone. I did look at other operators but felt that the Anytime Fitness model seemed more sensible: having several franchises seemed to be working for others and Anytime Fitness have a flat rate, low cost royalty structure.”

Key Advice
Robin offers further key advice for anyone thinking about owning their own gym, “Be patient. The hardest part is finding the right location for your club; the property search process here in the UK can really slow down your plans. Don’t compromise on location and rush into things. Make sure you’ve found a good location and just keep smiling. You’ll get there, and when you do it’s a great lifestyle, a simple model and relatively low risk investment. Don’t get too hung up on your preferred market, it just might be that the right property isn’t going to turn up, or someone else has already secured it. Look at surrounding areas, be flexible and concentrate on finding the right demographics, access and size of property.”

The Future
Robin plans to look for more suitable properties and is aiming for a portfolio of four to five clubs in the UK. He has one in the pipeline to open later this year and would like to open more in 2013. He says he’ll consider anywhere there is a good site. He might even look overseas if the right property were to come up,
“I love the concept of smaller local clubs for the community and the one thing I’ve learnt so far is that every club is completely different. It depends on the area, the demographics etc. With the Anytime Fitness model it’s so flexible that you can adapt to the changing trends and needs of each club.”

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