Founded by former professional tennis player David Lloyd in 1982, this Hertfordshire group provides health, sports and leisure services to 560,000 members across 98 clubs in the UK and 13 in Europe. In 2015, the group sold and leased back 44 properties, raising £365m, and earlier this year acquired 14 health clubs from its rival, Virgin Active (No 22 on this year’s list), for an undisclosed sum. Led by chief executive Glenn Earlam, 52, the group is reportedly up for sale with a £1.3bn price tag, four years after private equity firm TDR Capital acquired it in a £750m deal.
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