After running his Glasgow news agents business for 18 years Pervez Siddique (41) felt it was time for a complete change of career.
He saw that the fitness market was booming and began to look around for a business opportunity. “I came cross the Energie Fitness franchise and was immediately impressed with their concept. The atmosphere in the gyms was friendly and welcoming. I also knew their low cost no subscription model was a winner as people don’t want to be tied into long term contracts. I knew there was huge demand for this type of gym in my local area of Glasgow South”
Pervez investigated other fitness franchises in the market but decided Energie was the best fit and opened his Glasgow South gym in September 2015. “From selling my newsagents business, family funds and bank borrowing I was able to raise the investment for the franchise”
“The gym really has gone from strength to strength since opening our doors. We now have over 1800 regular members. Our real focus is on customer service; our staff and trainers are really helpful and no one feels intimidated going into the gym for the first time. We have a friendly and comfortable feeling in the gym which keeps customers coming back.”
Pervez can’s praise the Scottish office of Energie Fitness enough: “The level of support has been outstanding. They helped me find the right premises and fit them out; everything was covered from A to Z. A pre-launch marketing campaign meant that we started out with 1.000 members from day one which was a great bonus.”
The gym is now thriving and employs 11 staff and personal trainers; Pervez already has his sights on opening the next branch in the next few years.