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Weight lifted off gym staff as 121 jobs secured following takeover

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Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 12 June 2017 7:20

Weight lifted off gym staff as 121 jobs secured following takeover

Whether a huge weight has been lifted from 121 staff at Virgin Active gym in Gloucester is not clear, but their jobs are secure after the business was taken over with promises of £300,000 investment.

Describing itself as “the UK’s leading health, fitness and racquets group” David Lloyd Leisure has announced it has bought the Delta Way club from Virgin Active.

It will be renamed David Lloyd Gloucester and we are told all 121 staff will remain at the business, joining David Lloyd Clubs team of over 8,600 based across the UK and Europe.

Glenn Earlam, David Lloyd Clubs’ chief executive, said; “The Gloucester club, with its superb range of family-friendly facilities is the perfect addition to our growing portfolio of clubs across the UK and Europe.

“We have ambitious plans which we believe will make it one of Gloucester’s leading health and racquets clubs.

“We are looking forward to meeting the members over the next few weeks, and hearing their thoughts and ideas about the plans.

“I hope that they are as excited by the redevelopment as we are, and that they continue to enjoy the superb range of facilities for many years to come.”

There will be ‘instant benefits’ for club members, apparently – should they be in need of a gym while out of town. They will be able to use any of 94 David Lloyd Clubs in the UK, as well as its 12 clubs in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Ireland.

The club has been acquired as part of a deal to purchase of 14 of Virgin Active’s clubs across the UK which was finalised today.

It will remain “fully open during its refurbishment”.

In August 2014 Virgin Active’s larger Barnwood gym was sold to rivals Nuffield Health with the Brockworth site remaining with Virgin.

Nuffield Health was described at the time as a not-for-profit healthcare organisation dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of people across the UK.

In total David Lloyd Leisure acquired 14 UK health and racquets clubs from Virgin Active as well as opened its third Harbour Club at Kensington following an £8m investment and redevelopment programme.

It now has approximately 560,000 members and employs around 8100 people. 

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