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press release: GLL

Pioneering project boosts business in Basingstoke

18 Apr 2024
Basingstoke Leisure Centre is run by GLL under the ‘Better’ brand. / GLL
A sports complex might not be your first thought when you’re looking for a peaceful and comfortable, drop-in workspace. However, that could soon change thanks to an innovative new project at Basingstoke Leisure Centre.

Staff there have created a designated ‘hot desking’ room where members of the public can catch-up with e-mails, write essays, conduct internet research or complete any number of administrative tasks in a quiet and private environment.

What’s more, it’s completely free for all members while non-members may book four-hour slots for just £10. And because the room is accessed via a code that changes each day, people can feel reassured that their belongings are safe.

Basingstoke Leisure Centre is run by charitable social enterprise GLL under the ‘Better’ brand. The organisation is committed to supporting the wellbeing of local communities and this initiative is part of that.

Paul Shearman, GLL’s Partnership Manager in the region, comments, “We’re ideally-situated, right in the town centre – one of the busiest shopping centres in the UK - and close to a railway station. Some of our customers might go shopping or come to our gym or a fitness class and then visit our workspace afterwards.

“We’ve had great feedback. Although there are lots of coffee shops nearby offering free wi-fi, those places can sometimes be very noisy with children crying or the clattering of cups and saucers. People tell us they like our workspace because it’s a quiet oasis.”

The project launched last year and has gradually increased in popularity as word has spread. The centre also offers conference rooms for hire on the premises and there are plans to develop a smaller meeting room.
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Address: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX, UK
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
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press release: GLL

Pioneering project boosts business in Basingstoke

18 Apr 2024
Basingstoke Leisure Centre is run by GLL under the ‘Better’ brand. / GLL
A sports complex might not be your first thought when you’re looking for a peaceful and comfortable, drop-in workspace. However, that could soon change thanks to an innovative new project at Basingstoke Leisure Centre.

Staff there have created a designated ‘hot desking’ room where members of the public can catch-up with e-mails, write essays, conduct internet research or complete any number of administrative tasks in a quiet and private environment.

What’s more, it’s completely free for all members while non-members may book four-hour slots for just £10. And because the room is accessed via a code that changes each day, people can feel reassured that their belongings are safe.

Basingstoke Leisure Centre is run by charitable social enterprise GLL under the ‘Better’ brand. The organisation is committed to supporting the wellbeing of local communities and this initiative is part of that.

Paul Shearman, GLL’s Partnership Manager in the region, comments, “We’re ideally-situated, right in the town centre – one of the busiest shopping centres in the UK - and close to a railway station. Some of our customers might go shopping or come to our gym or a fitness class and then visit our workspace afterwards.

“We’ve had great feedback. Although there are lots of coffee shops nearby offering free wi-fi, those places can sometimes be very noisy with children crying or the clattering of cups and saucers. People tell us they like our workspace because it’s a quiet oasis.”

The project launched last year and has gradually increased in popularity as word has spread. The centre also offers conference rooms for hire on the premises and there are plans to develop a smaller meeting room.
More press releases and updates from GLL:
Charitable social enterprise and leisure operator Better has been endorsed by Which? As a recommended provider for leisure centres and gyms.
Oasis Beach Pool, in Bedford, officially re-opens Tuesday 28 May with a celebration for the local community.
Anthony Bryan, a fitness instructor at GLL’s Southbury Leisure Centre, recently took part in the London Marathon.
On Monday 13th May, team GB sprinter Daryll Neita, an Olympic medallist and one of the nation's leading track and field athletes, hosted a memorable sports day at her home track, GLL’s Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre in Greenwich for pupils from local primary schools.
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Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
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Companies we work with include Annodata, Physical Company, Technogym, Change Please and Divine Chocolate.

Local Authorities and Agencies we work with include Greenwich Council, Belfast City Council, Cardiff City Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, LLDC, ukactive, SportsAid, SportsAid Wales, Mary Peters Trust, Swim England and Sport England.
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Continue the strong bounce back from Covid, growing membership and sales.

Reducing barriers to participation by maintaining our concessions and Kids for a Quid scheme.

Partnering with UK Active, Community Leisure UK, the LGA, RLSS, Swim England and SEUK lobbying central and local government for financial support to meet the ‘existential threat’ to public leisure operators from utility price rises.
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“We made the decision to begin supporting the GLL Sport Foundation in 2015, and it is a pleasure to announce the renewal of our sponsorship with this incredible institution.

"Many bright and talented athletes throughout the United Kingdom are unable to chase their dreams of sporting glory due to lack of funding. We are passionate about helping GSF give equal opportunities to all young people and achieving their dreams of competing on the international stage.

"Our partnership enables both our brands to share the success of the UK’s most aspiring athletes who we are proud to have heard speak in such an inspirational way at our internal Sales Conferences and who have supported our marketing and brand development goals through representation and storytelling both in person and via social media”.
– Rod Tonna-Barthet, chief executive, Annodata
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"I am so thankful for the support I have received from GLL Sport Foundation. My first individual medal ever is extremely special, and I would not be here if it wasn’t for the support, I have received from the GLL ‘family’.”
– Daryll Neita, Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze and silver medalist, GLL Athlete
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"This exciting new chapter cements the future of our six key sports venues and is part of our commitment to the many communities we serve far and wide. We have carefully structured this partnership with GLL to ensure that visitors will continue to enjoy the very best in these stellar, highly popular venues. We look forward to together creating exciting new programmes and activities that draw on the strengths of both organisations.

“These venues are part of the Lee Valley visitor experience and will continue to be so with some of the best facilities and most inspiring settings to be found anywhere. As part of the partnership Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will continue to invest to ensure that they go from strength to strength, delivering real impact for communities.”
– Shaun Dawson chief executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
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