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Blackpool Council outsources leisure marketing to boost income

Blackpool Council has outsourced its leisure marketing and business development in a bid to increase its commercial focus, using strategic marketing to promote health and wellbeing to the local community. Leisure marketing specialist, Bigwave media has won the contract to support the council in the expansion of a number of key business areas, as well as investigating future growth opportunities. A key focus will be developing the income potential of health and fitness and the council’s learn...

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New roles at Gladstone create smoother process for customers

Changes at the top have seen former Regional Sales Manager, Andrew Marshall, promoted to Pre Sales Architect at Gladstone Software. The brand new role will see Marshall take a three-pronged attack, creating a seamless link between customers, the entire sales team and Gladstone’s development team, whilst also managing the internal sales team and working on new business development. Marshall will attend regular meetings with the development department to ensure product prototypes would work from a sales perspective...

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Createability ramps up its team

With the industry showing no slow down in the redevelopment of old, outdated leisure centres and the launch of boutique and low cost health clubs, Createability has bolstered its team of 39 with four new joiners. Mark Beckett has been appointed as Mechanical and Electrical Technical Manager. Having met Createability’s Managing Director, Ian Cotgrave, more than 20 years ago, when he consulted on a leisure project, Becket has worked on a number of projects for Createability...

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Exercise Referral App from ReferAll could save millions

A new app enabling Exercise on Referral (EOR) clients to fill out questionnaires online could collectively save operators millions of pounds, according to its developer, software specialist ReferAll. The app massively reduces staff administration, freeing up valuable time for them to concentrate supporting clients through a bespoke physical activity programme based on their health needs, as identified through the online questionnaires. “Saving money is a key priority for all referral schemes and across the 178 services we...

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Are you GDPR ready?

From May 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will change the way all businesses think about Data Protection.   The new rules set out a wider definition of 'personal data' and a new definition of 'consent', and bring in heavier fines for companies that don't comply.   The GDPR is a hot topic for all the members of the DataHub Club, from sports clubs, leisure operators and activity providers to software companies, data capturers, processors and users....

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Third Active Communities Conference to examine how to deliver sports strategy outcomes

A one-day conference to examine how operators and active communities teams can increase participation and reduce inactivity in line with the Government’s latest sports strategy will take place in October. Making it Happen, the third Active Communities Conference organised by Quest, Sport England’s industry improvement and quality assurance model, will see input from high profile speakers such as Sport England’s Head of Research & Evaluation, Darcy Hare. “Hare will talk delegates through the new Sport England Evaluation...

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EMD UK signs partnership agreement with DataHub

EMD UK has signed a partnership agreement with DataHub to receive data for all group exercise classes across the UK. As the national governing body for group exercise, EMD UK is heavily invested in providing insight into the sector to help it better understand and influence participant behavioural patterns and preferences. By signing an agreement with the DataHub, EMD UK can strengthen its work in influencing an increase in group exercise participation levels.   Working with the DataHub...

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Jumping to it…Quest breaks into trampoline park sector

Gloucestershire’s Jumptastic has become the first trampoline park to undergo Quest, the sport and leisure industry’s leading quality scheme. In addition to Quest Plus status, Jumptastic also achieved Right Directions’ new Trampoline Park Quality Mark - the first of its kind to be awarded in the UK. It can be accomplished as a stand alone award or alongside Quest, with achievements from specific Quest modules counting towards the Mark. Jumptastic’s Managing Director, Lee Myall said: “We have...

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ukactive Business Benchmarking now powered by the DataHub

Established in 2014, the ukactive Business Performance Benchmarking tool has been integrated with the DataHub to give the service increased independence and more credibility. The collaboration will offer automated input for all sites, greatly reducing the time operators need to spend uploading information and increasing accuracy. Previously, data coming into the Business Performance Benchmarking service was manually download from each operators’ Leisure Management System, sent in spreadsheets to ukactive and then manually uploaded to the service....

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ReferAll provides central hub for Life Leisure

In 1992 Life Leisure established one of the first Exercise on Referral (EOR) schemes in the country. Called PARiS (Physical Activity Referral in Stockport), it is a joint partnership between the trust and NHS Stockport. Following a conversation with a commissioner early in 2014, the trust realised that more needed to be done to improve the evidence base and to ensure long-term continuity of the service. Life Leisure took strategic action, adopting ReferAll’s software solution...

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