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24 Jan 2018
Fitness sector to chart next steps for boutique market

Fitness brands, startups and investors are set to debate the next phase of growth for the boutique sector, as Sweat returns for a second year in March.

Hosted by not-for-profit health organisation ukactive, Sweat 2018 will explore what it takes for boutique operators to stand out in an increasingly crowded market and how established operators can begin to upscale and expand.

“As this market matures, we want to support the sector in its next phase of growth by giving burgeoning operators the tools to reach their full potential in a globalised and highly competitive market, while ensuring the boutique boom represents a permanent shift in the market,” said Steven Ward, chief executive of ukactive.

Speakers will include Welltodo founder Lauren Armes and Equinox’s former director of group fitness, Emma Barry, with panelists from F45, Boomcycle and new venture Run Junkie.

Barry, who worked with Equinox – the majority owner of Soul Cycle – will open the morning session with a keynote analysing the global trends shaping the boutique sector, from the effects of globalisation and increased competition to exploring how to emulate worldwide success stories.

The event will include a debate on “partnership-powered boutiques”, which will look at how studios can work with major consumer brands while staying true to their concept, and what brands look for in a boutique operator.

The conference will also explore the potential technology has for operators in driving footfall, with Myzone chief executive Dave Wright sharing his knowledge on harnessing data to build a better user experience.

And Move GB founder Alister Rollins will discuss how the next generation of platform-based operators can use data to transform their companies.

Sweat 2018 will take place at Studio Spaces in Wapping, London, on Thursday, 8 March.


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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