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LIW VIP Lounge sponsors announced

Leading insight company Leisure-net Solutions has announced it will be sponsoring the VIP Lounge at this year’s LIW alongside Quality and health and safety specialist Right Directions, award-winning industry education provider Lifetime Training and leading leisure marketing company Bigwave media.

The quartet will provide a true one-stop shop for show visitors to find out more about learning and development, quality and safety standards, customer insight and marketing and communications.

Visitors to the lounge will be able to find out more about Leisure-net, Right Directions platforms, which form part of the sector governed DataHub initiative. This single toolkit for operators is based around the concept of shared (sector owned) data and business intelligence standards. It offers the ability to integrate reporting, analytical, insight and operational information all in once place, while aligning operator performance across a range of platforms with sector benchmarks.

The Leisure-net and Right Directions platforms provide customer insight and accident reporting services to more than 350 leisure sites throughout the UK. The integrated modules are being officially launched at LIW following a sector insight seminar at LIW on Tuesday 22nd September between 10.30am and 12 noon.

During the seminar, Leisure-net Solutions and Right Directions will explain the benefits of sharing accident statistics, whilst Bigwave media will provide information on digital trends. Lifetime Training will provide an insight to learning trends within the sector, and Leisure-net will present results of the LIW Fitness Industry Confidence Survey.

Leisure-net Joint Director Mike Hill said: “Hosting the VIP Lounge will ensure our customers have the opportunity to actually see the new platform in operation, demonstrating the added value that the wider sector DataHub initiative can offer, as well as chatting to us about active-net 2016 at their leisure.”

Right Direction’s Head of Group Operations, Gill Twell said: “Following on from my presentation on STITCH, visitors can come to the VIP lounge and find out more about the accident analysis tool and how it can help operators put preventative measures and service improvement plans in place to reduce the risks.”

The Right Directions team, which currently delivers Sport England’s quality scheme Quest, will be also be running a session on The Future of Quest between 1.30 and 3pm on 22 September, and will be on hand in the VIP lounge to receive input from operators on how they would like to see Quest evolve.

Lifetime Training’s Commercial Director Mike Jones said: “The VIP lounge will provide the perfect platform to connect with the industry on apprenticeship reforms and how we can help clients with their future recruitment and training strategies. Visitors can also find out more about our physical activity coaching certificate and the latest developments in leadership and management training.”

Bigwave Media will use the VIP lounge to meet existing clients, explore new partnerships and showcase the company’s investment in the latest marketing technology and trends – saving clients both time and money.

Debbi Moore, Head of Client Experience said: “We are looking forward to meeting leisure providers for an informal chat over coffee and discussing their current challenges and how we can help to deliver on their business objectives.”

Leisure-net’s joint directors, Mike Hill and David Monkhouse, will also be running a pop up active-net suppliers and buyers networking lunch. The event, that will take place on 23 September in the VIP lounge, is now full for suppliers, who include Precor, Gladstone, Createability, Bigwave media and Right Directions, but operators wishing to take part should email

In addition, 4 global will be presenting an overview to the sector at 2.30pm on 23 Septemberon DataHub and how the concept has developed over the last two years, from an insight hub for NGBs to now providing a full range of integrated tools and benefits for operators.

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