Matrix Fitness UK
Matrix Fitness UK
Matrix Fitness UK
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Subscribe to Health Club Management
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Fitness industry welcomes government commitment to Apprenticeship Levy

The chancellor, Philip Hammond, has presented his Spring Statement to parliament, making updates to apprenticeship reforms previously announced during the Budget.

The changes will affect every leisure sector and mean that, from 1 April, employers will see the co-investment rate they pay cut by half from 10 per cent to 5 per cent.

Levy-paying employers will also be able to share more levy funds across their supply chains, with the maximum amount rising from 10 per cent to 25 per cent.

Commenting on the changes to the apprenticeship system, Huw Edwards, director of public affairs for ukactive said: “We welcome the government’s renewed commitment to addressing issues raised with the Apprenticeship Levy, making it easier to recruit new apprentices into our sector.

“We're also pleased to see assurances that government will consult on how to rejuvenate the nation’s high streets, where the role of fitness and leisure facilities should clearly be integral."

Edwards added, however, that the ongoing Brexit chaos is causing severe damage to the entire UK economy.

"The continued failure of parliament to find a Brexit solution is damaging the very fabric of our society," he added.

“All sectors, including the physical activity sector, are undermined by the political uncertainty Brexit continues to create. Furthermore, the prospect of losing out on both vital public service investment and tax incentives – in the form of the Chancellor's "deal dividend" – is an issue of grave concern.

“It is ultimately communities across the country that are suffering the most – losing facilities, activity programmes, and wider health services to the bite of austerity."

Another to welcome the changes in the apprenticeship system was Brigid Simmonds, CEO of the British Beer & Pub Association.

“Despite being light on detail, there was some encouraging news for brewers and pubs in the Spring statement," she said.

“Bringing forward reforms to apprenticeship schemes worth £700m to April – including increased ability to transfer apprenticeship funding into the supply chain and reduce the co-investment rate to 5 per cent – is a welcome move for the hospitality sector as a whole.

"The sector has seen the number of apprentices soar in recent years, with 165,000 people starting apprenticeships in hospitality and catering between 2013 and 2018."

Tourism was perhaps the biggest leisure industry winner to emerge from the statement. Hammond revealed that, from June 2019, citizens of the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea will be permitted to use e-gates at UK airports and at Eurostar terminals. The move has been designed to "significantly reduce queues and improve the flow of passengers and the overall experience at the UK border".

Cumbersome landing cards will also begin to be abolished from June 2019 in a move to reduce bureaucracy for travellers and speed up the processing of passengers on arrival in the UK.

The biggest headline figure in Hammond's statement was to do with housing – and the announcement of a £3bn scheme to fund the building of 30,000 affordable homes.

Hammond made his speech to a backdrop of mixed economic signals over the future of the UK's finances.

While the number of people in work has increased by more than 3.5 million since 2010 – and the OBR forecasts employment will increase by a further 600,000 by 2023 – the Bank of England predicts that the economy is set to expand at its slowest rate this year since the crisis.

Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Related news

Chancellor's Budget fails to tackle inactivity crisis, says ukactive

08 Mar 2017
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget was a “missed opportunity” for the government to demonstrate its ...

Hammond broadens tax relief for UK museums in Autumn Statement

23 Nov 2016
The UK government is to broaden the scope of its museums and galleries tax relief ...

ukactive eyes salary sacrifice for high street gyms despite government crackdown on scheme

23 Nov 2016
ukactive remains confident that it can encourage the government to extend its tax relief scheme ...

News

Corporate fitness sales specialist Gympass has secured a partnership deal with IWG, one of the
Functional fitness operator Blok has revealed plans to take its boutique concept outside of London
Les Mills International (LMI) has joined forces with health club mobile app provider Netpulse to
The Marlow Club in Buckinghamshire has opened PilaYoga, a standalone studio offering yoga and pilates.
A UK luxury hotel has launched a new fitness retreat, promising to "push boundaries" and
Total Fitness says it's aiming to take its member experience to "the next level", through
SIBEC
SIBEC
Dyaco UK Ltd has announced the official launch of the long-awaited Johnny G Spirit Bike
The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) has launched its UK council today (8 March 2019,
Veteran physician Sir Muir Gray has called on Health Secretary Matt Hancock to enlist the
Sir Hugh Robertson, chairman of the British Olympic Association and a deputy lieutenant of Kent,
A new Leisure Team Member apprenticeship is now available for funded delivery, giving the sports
Primary school staff that are helping and inspiring children in London to be active are
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has revealed details of its landmark 100th UK club, which is
Matrix Fitness UK
Matrix Fitness UK
In the UK, one in seven people experience health problems in the workplace, and millions
Many a family business has looked to keep itself fresh by handing control down from
ukactive has partnered with the Pearson Business School to deliver a chartered manager degree apprenticeship
Peter Fitzboydon has stepped down from his managing director position at Parkwood Leisure after less
Dyaco International
Dyaco International
1 - 15 of 10,825
Features
Cycling
What does the big data around group cycling show? What’s hot, who’s most engaged and what’s up and coming for the year ahead?
Features
ukactive
The sector’s challenge is to focus its collective efforts on the pillars of public life, delivering a beneficial impact for children and young adults, workers and older people, says Steven Ward
Features
Research
The fitness industry in China is growing fast according to The IHRSA Greater China Health Club Report, produced in November 2018 in collaboration with Deloitte China. Kristen Walsh reports
Features
Retention
Getting retention right is the key to success in gyms with memberships. Paul Bedford has turned retention into a science. We share case studies and top tips from the latest retention research
Features
Supplier showcase
With a new update coming out in 2019, Myzone is trailblazing in the fitness wearables market
Features
Group Exercise
We look at the current group exercise landscape and ask what’s likely to be trending in the year ahead, as well as tactics club operators can use to improve their results
Features
Conference Report
The recent Power Plate RISE event (Retention, Insights, Solutions, Engagement) brought together research, expertise and practical solutions, supported by industry speakers Dr Paul Bedford, retention specialist and David Minton, CEO of The Leisure Database Company (TLDC)
Features
EHFF 2019
The sixth European Health & Fitness Forum (EHFF), will take place on 3 April 2019 in Cologne, Germany, the day before the start of FIBO. HCM gives a sneak preview
Features
Training
The UK’s first hotel with high altitude rooms has opened its doors, hot on the heels of the launch of a hypoxic chamber at the new Third Space in London. Is altitude training heading for the mainstream? Kath Hudson reports
Features
Sweating the details
The ubiquity of screens offers our sector greater reach than ever before. The challenge is to find creative solutions to transform this perceived threat into an opportunity
Features
Retail
Years ago, gym retail meant a small selection of basic products sold behind a counter. Now retail can turn more profit more than anywhere else in the gym, with opportunities in activewear, supplements and specialised gym equipment. We look at what’s working according to three industry experts
Features
People
We’re seeing more big box gyms opening boutique-style offerings within their clubs. The question is, can they be good at delivering one thing when they have all the other gym operations to deliver? Because let’s be honest – if they can do that, our concept is in trouble!
People
It would be suicidal to start from scratch today, in this hyper-competitive industry, but back in 1985, people flocked to us. All we heard was: ‘A health club? Oh my gosh, what’s that?
People
A couple of years ago, I attended a women’s leadership summit at IHRSA. I really enjoyed being in a room with female business leaders and left inspired to do more of that kind of activity, but couldn’t find an outlet
People
The new FIBO CAMPUS will have 13 themed sessions, ranging from fitness and health through personnel management to digitisation, offering a line-up for visitors – be they gym operators, physiotherapists or trainers
People
I don’t think there’s a better way to shred fat and build definition than via group exercise kickboxing/boxing and more importantly, it’s flat-out super fun
People
As an operator, you need to pick your price point and do what you can for that, but do it really well. We have great quality facilities, but what we offer isn’t luxury
People
In London, people are familiar with the boutique concept, but elsewhere it’s still relatively new, so initially it was a challenge to educate people in Manchester about our benefits, when they were used to paying budget club prices
People
Our education programme, Mind Set, covers everything from gut health and weight management to positive psychology and behaviour change
People
We raised around £20m of capital for our first Social Impact Fund. We’re on course to receive outcomes payments of about £60m, with predicted savings to government of about £130m
People
Promotional Feature
Promotional feature
The CEO & founder of Barcelona Bootcamp talks to HCM about the growth of his luxury fitness holidays in Spain and his plans to expand the five-star experience across Europe
Job search
POST YOUR JOB
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Barcelona Bootcamp to launch corporate preferred rates for company retreats
Apart from the incredible scenery, delicious meals, and beautiful locations, there is another reason to choose Barcelona Bootcamp for your next company retreat.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: active-net gets behind campaign to delete blood cancer
active-net is supporting the work of blood cancer charity, DKMS, by encouraging greater awareness of stem cell donation within the BAME community.
Company profiles
Company profile: MoveGB
Move is the online fitness platform where consumers go to get active, and operators collaborate ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Ridgeway Furniture Manufacturing Limited
For 30 years Ridgeway has been manufacturing lockers and ancillary changing room furniture including vanity ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
EXF Fitness Equipment: Exercise equipment
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Corporate retreats
Barcelona Bootcamp: Corporate retreats
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Fitness equipment
Dyaco International: Fitness equipment
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Audio visual
Lightmasters UK Ltd: Audio visual
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions Ltd: Flooring
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Property & Tenders
Huddersfield
Kirklees Active Leisure
Property & Tenders
New Brighton, Wirral, Merseyside
Wirral Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
27-28 Mar 2019
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
24-25 Apr 2019
Business Design Centre, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
Matrix Fitness UK
Matrix Fitness UK