Fitness First

BC Partners bought this Dorset-based health-club chain in 2005 for £835m, twice the £404m paid by the previous owner Cinven when it delisted from the London Stock Exchange in 2003. Fitness First claims it is one of the world’s largest gym operators, with more than 1.4m members attending 526 health clubs, 170 in Britain alone. Chief executive Colin Waggett has taken the company into India. Sales were £526m in 2007.

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Company details
Year2008
Rank97
CompanyFitness First
ActivityFitness club operator
LocationPoole
Sales £m526
Profit £m119
Year endOct 07
Principal shareholdersBC Partners (81%), management (19%)
Staff12,495
Founded1995
Websitewww.fitnessfirst.co.uk

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