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1Rebel begins London expansion after securing £6.6m in funding

Boutique fitness brand 1Rebel will accelerate its London expansion plans after raising £6.6m in funding from private equity firm Codex Capital.

Speaking to Health Club Management, 1Rebel co-founder James Balfour revealed that four new clubs will open in the first quarter of 2018 – taking the total number of sites to six – with more to follow throughout the year.

“1Rebel is going from strength to strength and this funding gives us enough capital to really push the business,” said Balfour.

“We’ve worked hard over the past two years to establish the brand and now we want to leverage that by growing and taking the business pan-London, expanding into central-west.

“The great thing about our backers is they’re very strategic in terms of property and retail so it takes us to a new level. We want to focus on being the best in class in central London.”

Codex Capital Partners is a private equity boutique which secures direct investments from family offices and other wealthy people, with a number of billionaire UK families on its books.

The investment comes as 1Rebel closed deals to develop new sites at Victoria, Bayswater and South Bank Central, opposite the boutique Mondrian Hotel at Sea Containers. It is still in negotiations to secure a fourth site, yet be disclosed.

The new sites will deliver 1Rebel’s three main fitness sessions: Ride, Rumble and Reshape. Its portfolio already includes Broadgate and St Mary Axe clubs.

“The market can expect some really interesting designs from us going forward,” said Balfour. “We’ll continue to push the envelope.”

He added that the brand’s advocates, which it calls the ‘Rebel Army’, continue to grow, demonstrated by increasing engagement across the company’s social media accounts – particularly Instagram.

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Boutique fitness brand 1Rebel will accelerate its London expansion plans after raising £6.6m in funding from private equity firm Codex Capital.
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1Rebel co-founders Giles Dean (left) and James Gilmour will open four new clubs early next year, with more to follow / 1Rebel
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Miha Bodytec GmbH
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Precor
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SportsArt Fitness
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Features
Buyer Insight
The true test of a partnership is when suppliers' first consideration and focus is what's right for our members. This falls down when a supplier is simply interested in hitting a sales target - Paul Batty
Features
Interview
We talk to the key people in the fitness franchise group’s management team
Features
Fitness-kit.net
Lauren Heath-Jones rounds up the latest health and fitness products and services
Features
ukactive update
ukactive CEO Steven Ward discusses the need for a collaborative approach to solving issues in the sector
Features
SIBEC review
Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards was the keynote speaker at SIBEC Europe 2017. He talks to Health Club Management about how fulfiling his Olympic ambitions changed his life
Features
Consumer trends
Aged 21 years or younger, Generation Z are the next customers and employees of health clubs worldwide. Tom Walker asks generational researcher Denise Villa, PhD, how this tech-savvy and social media-driven generation will affect the industry
Features
Changing rooms
Gender neutrality has never been more topical, with high-profile restaurants and museums recently replacing their male and female toilets with gender-neutral facilities. We explore if it is time for all gyms to swap single-sex communal changing spaces for gender-neutral facilities
Features
Gym design
We take a closer look at Trainyard Gym, the stunning street-art inspired, recently opened 3,500sq m Shangri-La health club in Hotel Jen, Beijing
Features
Fitness foresight
Health Club Management’s annual Fitness ForesightTM looks at the key trends, influences and opportunities shaping the health and fitness sector over the coming year – and beyond
Features
Retention
Member retention is often a challenge, with operators typically losing 50 per cent of their membership annually. But a close look at the habits of clubs with impressive retention rates suggests that how you communicate with members significantly impacts their loyalty
Features
ukactive update
Following the release of a new report on mental health in the workplace, ukactive’s public affairs director Huw Edwards, highlights physical activity’s role in workplace wellbeing
Features
People
People profile
I strongly believe the fitness industry is at the beginning of an increasingly innovative period and it’s exciting to be at the heart of that as part of the FIBO team
People
People profile
I often see clubs guaranteeing specific results for members, despite having little knowledge about their members’ goals or current levels of health and fitness. I wanted to avoid falling into this trap
People
Interview
We’re on a mission to democratise fitness. Our core purpose is to empower people to transform their lives and to do that, we want to provide a ‘safe’ place where people really feel they belong
People
People profile
For gyms looking to engage with this demographic, they need to make socialising part of the mix… they at least need to have somewhere where they can offer people a cup of tea after the class
People
Interview
It’s early days but we’ll be looking to work with various companies around ways to develop mental fitness and agility, as well as cultivating a good state of mind
People
Interview
Think about when you go into a theatre – how you’re catapulted into the environment and the experience. That’s what we’re trying to achieve from a consumer perspective
People
People profile
You could offer me a million pounds to promote something, but if it isn’t true to me or it’s damaging to my audience, I’m not going to do it
People
People profile
We want to help gym operators to leverage their space and maximise their earning potential
People
Interview
It’s just not feasible to offer a high-quality boutique experience using a membership model unless the membership is very expensive. We could never sell £100 per month memberships and still cover our rent
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Catalogue Gallery
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Company profiles
Company profile: Rephouse Europa Ltd
Rephouse is a leading manufacturer of high performance fitness flooring systems. With its state-of-the-art production ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Precor
For more than 35 years, Precor has driven fitness forward. We continue that heritage every ...
Directory
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Jordan Freeweights: Exercise equipment
Gym consultancy services
Gym Angels: Gym consultancy services
Skincare
Clarins: Skincare
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Clothing/promotional merchandise
Taylor Made Designs: Clothing/promotional merchandise
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Software
Conceptek - Sistemas de Informacao, S.A.: Software
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Fitness assesment
MYZONE: Fitness assesment
Featured suppliers
Featured supplier: Data and technology theme for active-net 2018
Data and the use of technology to enhance participation will be the theme of active-net 2018.
Featured suppliers
Featured supplier: Elevate 2018 will feature new thought leadership conference alongside trade exhibition
Thanks to increasing industry support Elevate, the UK’s largest physical activity trade event, has announced details of a new thought leadership conference.
Property & Tenders
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Property & Tenders
Diary dates
01-02 Mar 2018
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Diary dates
05-09 Mar 2018
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Diary dates
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