Most of PureGym’s 174 sites are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all offer low-cost membership with no fixed-term contracts. Peter Roberts, 71, founded the business in 2008 and sold a majority stake to the American private equity firm CCMP in 2013. In 2015 profits rose to £13.5m after the Leeds company bought 43 LA Fitness gyms in a £74m deal. The business is led by Humphrey Cobbold, 52, who abandoned plans to list on the London Stock Exchange last year, citing difficult market conditions. After our research closed, the company reported an increase in profit for 2016 to £15.4m.
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