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Back to work: Hannah Perkins, Spa & Beauty Recruiter

Hannah Perkins – Senior Consultant, Spa & Beauty
I help a wide range of spa and beauty business across their UK by providing bespoke recruitment solutions. I love taking on challenging roles, whether temporary or permanent and thrive on seeing my clients grow as a result of the fantastic people I can provide.

It’s been a funny old few weeks hasn’t it? The pandemic and lockdown came as a shock to pretty much everyone and changed our daily lives as we know it, and for a lot longer than the original three weeks which was suggested. How have you been? While we may have not quite been as in demand as leisure recruiters since March, we have been keeping busy and we are back and ready to go once more. Do you need permanent or temporary staff for your spa, gym, or pool?

We spoke to our Senior Consultant Hannah Perkins to see what she’s been up to this last few weeks……

What have you been up to during lockdown? 

I’ve been decorating the house, taming our front garden every two weeks which resembles a jungle if not seen to, and trying to work out every day whilst enjoying a Prosecco and ice cream most nights – balance!

Have you got a lockdown routine?

At the start of lockdown I did, yes; waking up at 8am most mornings and being super productive. More recently, that is out of the window!

What’s been your biggest achievement during lockdown?

Probably finding the time to sort out all those home chores I have been avoiding, and perfecting my cooking skills.

What have you been doing to keep up to date with the industry?

I have been making contact on my Linkedln most days to see how everyone is coping within the spa industry and catching up with reading articles from the Spa Association and other knowledgeable industry bodies.

What are your thoughts on how the proposed revisions to services will impact businesses? 

It is clear that there will need to be longer time invested into cleaning, however I think most spa opening and closing times could change to help support this and, as a sector, I feel we have a stronger focus on hygiene than most. Also, spa menus could be slightly affected which may impact the business. I am concerned that not allowing facial type treatments will hugely affect revenue.

Would it put you off going to a spa? 

It wouldn’t as long as there was sufficient PPE in place. I can’t wait to go for a relaxing spa day again! 

Looking for a job in the spa industry? Check out our spa and beauty jobs, and get in touch!

Have your clients indicated how they will manage their workforce back into spas? 

A few clients that I have had contact with are going for a phased approach for the business, keeping some therapists on furlough until normal booking levels are resumed and are hoping to use temporary therapists to help support the bookings they have. I think there is a feeling that, initially, they will be servicing a lot of postponed booking which will make them pretty busy but it won’t be until Aug/Sept that they really know if people are confident enough to book new treatments.

Understandably, people want to protect their staff and don’t want to bring them back from furlough if they are not confident there’s enough work for them so we’re already seeing demand for temporary cover for the end of July.

Do you see your role changing much when the sector reopens? 

Yes I do. I will be keeping fully up to date with all the guidelines as I am sure they will be changing along with health and safety and making sure my therapists are knowledgeable of this. And we’re planning on sending PPE out to all of our workers to make sure they’re protected.

What do you think will be the biggest challenges for businesses from a people perspective?

I think perhaps understanding  how they can protect their teams and their clients with the guidelines they have been given but whilst still driving a profit. There’s a big trade off between restricting what can be delivered in a spa to enable government to have confidence to let the industry open, and whether the restrictions ultimately mean that the businesses aren’t even viable in the end. Take facial treatments off the menu and increase turn around times and there’ll be a massive impact on revenue.

What are you doing to get ready for reopening? 

I am touching base with all of my clients and finding out how they are feeling about the spa being back opening and how their spa logistics may change. I have also spoken to my therapists to find out how they feel about returning to spas and we’re now developing new guidelines that we’ll shortly be giving them for when they do return to work. We’ll be providing PPE for everyone but we’re just waiting for a date! In the meantime, it’s back to the Beef Wellington.

Leisure trends 2019

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Leisure trends: The UK Leisure Industry in 2020

It’s that time of year again when we take a look at what might be the main happenings in the UK leisure industry for the year ahead. What do you think will be big in during 2020 and beyond?

This year will bring a couple of major sporting events which are sure to get more people involved, particularly in the more obscure sports – yes, it’s Olympic Games time again! This year it’s Tokyo’s turn to play host and it’s happening from late July. It’s also Euro 2020 time in international football. To mark 60 years of the tournament, rather than one country hosting all the games, 12 cities across Europe are sharing the games out, but the final will be right here in London on the 12th July.

Pile on top the usual tennis fever that hits around about Wimbledon time and the regular golf, cycling, and running events and it’s sure to be a busy one for those of us working in leisure, health & fitness especially.

But what do we think will be the big leisure trends in 2020?

Further blurring of the lines between wellness, fitness, and self-care

For more people, it’s no longer about going to the gym to do some body building, or going to a spa for a quick facial. It’s now about a more holistic wellness experience; visiting a spa or a gym is for working on all aspects of wellness, including physical and mental health, and seeing exercise and therapies as a way of improving both mind and body. Wellness retreats are increasing in number as more people are wanting to spend longer on developing their overall health and wellness rather than just hitting the gym for a quick hour after work.

This is a good look at how Barry’s Bootcamp has incorporated mental wellness alongside their core physical fitness offering –

Gareth Bale’s Rowbots programme is openly embracing active mindfulness as an important driver of physical exercise


Veganism has taken off hugely over the last couple of years and 2020 will see further growth. With a concern both for the planet’s resources and the positive impact of clean eating on the human body, more and more people are turning to animal-free diets. If your leisure facility isn’t catering to vegans, then you could be missing out on a huge chunk of the market.

What is driving the vegan trend?

Wearable tech

Yes, we’ve been saying for some time that wearable tech will be huge this year, and we’ve not been wrong. 2020 will see further developments into this arena, no doubt, with spending on wearable tech as a whole predicted to reach $52 billion by 2020.

As wearable tech gets more smaller and more integrated (gone are the days of walkie-talkie sized pedometers!) the more uses will be found for them in the fitness industry especially. You can already link an app or a FitBit to your home virtual assistant, and with the popularity of home VAs expected to explode this year, the use of fitness apps won’t be limited to only the serious health fanatics among us. Expect your children and your own nan to get excited about how many steps they’ve done today!

Photo by Rahul Chakraborty on Unsplash

In fact, improved technology is permeating on all aspects of our lives and the leisure industry is not immune to its impact –

In-home technology will continue to grow in 2020 – did you know you can even box from the comfort of your living room now? With more and more technologies available, your gym better provide something that tempts people out of their homes and training with you. What does your facility provide which in-home technology could not?

Riding the waves

Surfing is to make its debut at the summer Olympic Games. While surfing has always been reasonably popular in the UK, particularly in places like Newquay in Cornwall, 2019 also saw the beginnings of a more formal provision in the form of facilities like Surf Snowdonia and The Wave in Bristol. Could the Olympics push more people to take an interest in surfing both as a leisure activity and a sport?

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Increased convenience of health & fitness

Wellness hotels are on the increase. While a lot of hotels already have a gym for guest use, wellness hotels take this one step further. But just what are they? If you’ve never heard of a wellness hotel, this article is eye-opening

Hilton Hotels Worldwide have launched their Five Feet to Fitness concept with mini gyms, virtual fitness classes, meditation equipment and hydration stations in guest rooms.

When will this hit the UK? It already has – the Doubletree by Hilton in Islington already has these rooms available. Expect roll out to more locations in due course.


And who needs a real-life PT when you can get workouts sent directly to your phone?

You’d better start working on that USP, people!

Physical therapies on the rocks

 Cryotherapy growth is set to be anything but frozen in 2020. It is an increasingly popular therapy for injuries, discomfort, and skin conditions.

But just what is Cryotherapy?

Freezing regenerates skin cells and encourages faster healing, and you could start to see cryotherapy treatment centres in gyms and wellness centres around the country.

Have a look and see what the future may hold for the UK’s CryoAction

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….And finally, what about Brexit?

I’m sure we were having the Brexit discussion this time last year. Anyway, as we can now see, Brexit wasn’t to be in 2019 though plenty of unrest was caused just by us thinking about it. It’s been another challenging year, particularly for the spa and beauty sector where growth has been held back somewhat by the lack of qualified staff available. Maybe the future will see more leisure providers investing in bringing on and nurturing home-grown talent? The rise in apprenticeship provision has helped but demand will likely outstrip supply for the foreseeable.

Any downturn in the economy brought about by a hard Brexit will hit consumers and spending will likely fall on items which are considered to be a luxury, so start working on positioning your offering as one of life’s essentials if you want to survive the turmoil that leaving the EU is likely to generate.

If you want help navigating the waters of the leisure industry in 2020, get in touch!

Mental and Physical Wellness for Therapists

In spa therapy, a profession dedicated to looking after the wellbeing of others, it can be easy to overwork, overstress, and neglect yourself, but as a therapist, taking care of your own overall health and wellness is just as important as taking care of your clients!

Making self-care a priority will help you reduce the stress that goes hand in hand with a career as a spa therapist, as well as reduce work-related injuries. It allows you the time to centre yourself and move forward the healthiest, happiest you can be.

Mental and Physical Wellness for Therapists

Things to focus on whilst at work:

•             pre and post stretching-

•             consistently good posture

•             break times

At home:

•             Sleep

•             Exercise

•             Nutrition

•             You time- Work/ life balance

Pre and post treatment stretching

Being a therapist can be physically demanding on the body so it’s vital that we do our best to prevent injury and help to sustain a long-lasting career.

We can do this by practicing good posture during treatments and performing simple stretches before and after treatments.

With wrist injuries being one of the main issues for therapists, performing strengthening exercises are a vital part of self-care!

Wrist Exercises

1.            Place your palms together at chest level. Press one hand against the other, moving back and forth. Repeat the presses ten times for supple and strong wrists.

2.            Kneel down and extend both your hands in front of you on the floor, ensuring they are shoulder-width apart. Place the back of your palms on the floor with your fingers facing inwards towards your knees. Apply gentle pressure and hold this pose for 30 seconds. Release and shake your hands.

3.            Place your arm straight out in front of your body with your wrist stretched and your palm facing the ground. Use your other hand to put a small amount of pressure on the back of your downward-facing hand, extending your fingers and wrist as far as you can. Hold for 20 seconds, then change hands and repeat.

4.            Put your hands together in a position of prayer, then spread your fingers as far as you can while pushing them together, so that your palms are pushed away from each other. Do these two to three times per side and perform every hour or so.

Good Posture

Some of the key points to consider when thinking about our posture include:

  • Keeping your feet flat on the ground while working
  • Distributing your weight evenly
  • Getting in the habit of checking your posture every 15 minutes
  • Suitable and comfortable footwear

Break times

How do you spend your break times? Why not take a brisk walk in the fresh air every once in a while to boost both body and mind during your break? Not only will get some fresh air and have the opportunity to stretch your legs, but you can also catch some much needed Vitamin D. In many spas it is quite common to have limited access to natural day light throughout the day.

At Home


As we all know getting enough sleep is vital in everything we do, affecting us not only physically but playing a big part in maintaining a healthy brain function.

The optimum amount of sleep is seven to eight hours a night. To ensure the best quality of sleep, try to avoid using devices with a blue light around 2 hours before bed time as well as drinking caffeine after 3pm.

Sticking to a regular pattern of when you go to bed and when you get up can prevent sleep being disturbed throughout the night.


Essential Hydration – Keeping hydrated helps with fatigue, joint pain and is essential to support the immune system and flush toxins from the body. Such toxins are generated by the constant muscle contractions involved with providing massage therapy.

Complex carbohydrates – Compared to more simple, refined sugar carbohydrates which provide a spike in energy followed quickly by a low, complex carbs are high in fibre which means a slow release in energy is provided throughout the day.

Omega 3 – You’ve probably heard that omega-3 is good for your joints, brain and heart, however, it can also help with improving your sleep quality, lowering blood pressure, easing PMS and even boosting your memory!

Magnesium – low levels of magnesium lead to an increased risk for muscle cramps, fatigue and high blood pressure.


Physical activity is proven to boost mental health and self-esteem, so make sure you build regular exercise into your routine. Even if you don’t think you’re the ‘keep fit’ type, exercise can be fitted in to your daily routine by taking the stairs rather than the lift or walking part of your commute rather than taking transport.


Maintaining a work life balance

Taking time for yourself is vital in maintaining mental wellbeing.

Ignoring your own needs can lead to catastrophic consequences, such as increased risk of injury, greater chance of illness, and not to mention the emotional toll that increased stress levels will take on you.

We urge you all to do something today or make a conscious effort this week to do something that is for YOU!

Your body and mind will thank you in the long run and even if that only hits the re-set button for the next 24 hours, then you’ll be a lot better off for it.

Whether that means taking up a hobby or a sport you enjoy or simply enjoying a bath or reading a book, if we can all become more accustomed to preventative self-care, then ultimately it will result in less flash points cropping up.

Why not make your own work life balance pie chart to help you figure out if your priorities and ensure you are spending your time on what is important to you? How much time do you spend on each activity each day?

Inspiring the next generation – childcare jobs, holiday club jobs, sports jobs

Holiday club jobs in south-east England

We are currently seeking enthusiastic and passionate people for breakfast and after school clubs for multiple locations across the south-east of England for a client, a market leading business providing education through sport.

kids sports jobs

You will be tasked with delivering an engaging daily club programme of activities within a breakfast and after school club setting, monitoring the effectiveness of activities and developing strong relationships with schools and parents.  

You’ll be part of a dedicated team of After School Club Supervisors and Assistants (full and part-time), ensuring a safe and secure environment is provided to children aged 4-11 years. As part of your role you will be provided with opportunities to develop your own career in childcare.

Locations include:

  • Slough, Berkshire
  • Newbury, Berkshire
  • Aldershot, Hampshire
  • Ascot, Berkshire
  • Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Fleet, Hampshire
  • Farnham, Hampshire
  • Farnborough, Hampshire
  • New Malden, Surrey
  • Godalming, Surrey
  • Dorking, Surrey
  • Goring by Sea, West Sussex
  • Orpington, Kent

After School Club Supervisors

Duties Include:

  • Supervise Care Club Assistants and Apprentices.
  • Plan and deliver engaging and fun activities at breakfast (7.45 – 8.45) and after school care clubs (2.30 – 6.00pm).
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for children at all times.

The Care Club Supervisor will be part of a dedicated team, ensuring a safe and secure environment is provided to children aged 4 – 11 years

These are permanent positions paying £18K – various locations across south-east England

After School Club Assistant

After school club assistants are required for childcare clubs in various locations in south-east England

Duties include:

  • Plan and deliver engaging and fun activities at Breakfast (7.45am – 9.00am) and/or after school clubs (2.30 – 6.00pm).
  • Provide a safe and secure environment for children at all times.
  • Manage and maintain club ratios and registers of all children attending the clubs.

Salary c£16,000 – £18,000 – various working patterns available.

If you feel you have a fun and energetic nature, can relate to and engage with children aged 4-11 why not apply and come and bring some fun and creativity to the team?


  1. You can find the corresponding job on our website at and apply directly
  2. You can email us on with a copy of your CV
  3. You can pick up the phone and call us on 01895 450640

We try to respond to candidates within 1 week of application – if you have not heard from us in this time, please consider your application unsuccessful.

School holiday club jobs

Career tips: How to nail a spa therapy trade test

Let’s talk trade tests.

As a spa therapist we all know that delivering an amazing treatment and showcasing our skills are at the forefront of our minds when attending a trade test and of course any potential employer wants to be wowed.

Spa therapy trade tests
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However sometimes when we are under pressure and feeling a little nervous we can forget or miss out some crucial steps that are just as important as the treatment itself!

Here’s a run down from start to finish of exactly what a Spa Manager is looking for!

Let’s start with the basics: Don’t forget your grooming standards!

As a therapist you need to be in full uniform with hair and make-up as you would attend a shift in a neat bun and natural makeup.

TOP TIP – Before even beginning the trade test it’s important to start out with the right mind set. It’s most likely that you’ll be performing the treatment on the Spa Manager or Treatments Manager, but for this moment in time you need to remember that they are your guest. Yes, they know a lot about the treatment you are going to perform and the questions you are about to ask, but they want to gain an idea of how you will address your guests if they give you the job!


Always do a consultation. Even if the Spa Manager asks you not to do a full one, it’s always a must as a therapist to ask some standard questions, predominantly so you do not cause any medical issues for the guest and secondly so that you can give them the best possible treatment to suit their needs, For example:

“Do you have any medical conditions?”

“Have you had any recent injuries?”

“Where are your main areas of concern?”

Once explaining to the guest how you would like them to be positioned on the bed, leave the room to let them change.

On return to the treatment room always let the guest know you are going to wash your hands before beginning the treatment.

Always remember your 5* Standards before beginning the treatment

“Are you comfortable?”

“Is the temperature of the room ok for you?”

“Is the volume of music ok for you?”


Now it’s time to start your treatment and show off your skills

TOP TIP: Always warm up and apply the oil to your hands silently!

Once beginning the massage always check that the pressure is to the guest’s preference.

Aftercare and Advice

You have finished your treatment and you have returned the room after your guest has changed.

Always ask:

“How are you feeling after your treatment?”

At this point the Spa Manager will be looking out for your treatment aftercare advice and what you recommend for the next steps in their treatment plan.

Start by letting the guest know what you focused on during the treatment and why.

What treatment do you recommend for them to have next?

At this point you can recommend a type of product for them to use in between treatments to continue the benefit of the treatment at home.

Specific brand knowledge is not necessary however you can use an example as below:

“In your consultation you mentioned you would like a nourishing oil for your massage and your skin felt dry, I would recommend you use a body scrub twice a week and before your next massage as this will help any oils or moisturisers you apply to penetrate the skin better and give you longer lasting results.”

TOP TIP: Hand your guest over to the care of the reception team ensuring you have passed on details of any products that you have advised the client on.

In summary, don’t let the fact that it’s a trade test tempt you to take a more casual approach. Treat a trade test as if it was the most important client you have ever dealt with. It’s not all about technical skills; it’s as much about your manner and your engagement with the client that makes a great trade test.

Good Luck!

Why we support Mental Health Awareness Week – 13th – 19th May 2019

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The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Body Image and it’s a pertinent topic for those of us working in the health & fitness, and spa & beauty industries. Is your leisure business getting involved this week?

Learn more about Mental Health Awareness Week and how you can support it at

Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

The conversations around mental health have increased exponentially over the last decade. The steady removal of stigma and the decreasing reluctance to embrace the mental issues that define our very individuality may well be seen as a pivotal moment in the societal shift in our lifetime. This shift in how we accept each other affects every sector including the leisure industry, few more so than the health & beauty sector.

Spa & Beauty and body image

The beauty and wellness sector provides therapeutic services and products for clients. The whole ethos of the sector is to make clients feel good about themselves, but the focus is changing from how people are made to feel confident about the way they look to how people are gaining confidence through the way they feel. The focus much more is on the mental wellbeing of clients and how beauty and spa therapy can play a part in this. Has your spa and beauty business been shifting to cater to this new way of thinking?

The leisure industry has seen many campaigns recently where ‘real people’ are being used in marketing ads instead of models. ‘Real people’ are being used to highlight body-positive messages and work towards reducing the anxiety surrounding the issue of body image.

The ‘This Girl Can’ Campaign is a great example of how not focussing on body image but how promoting mental wellbeing alongside mental and physical strength can have positive effects. Their research shows  ‘many women are put off taking part in physical activity due to a fear of judgement – this might be about the way the look when they exercise, that they’re not good enough to join in or they should be spending more time on their families, studies or other priorities’

Soon, there will be a huge push in normalising the diverse range of people who do sport from a disability angle, in a similar vein to the This Girl Can campaign which played a big part in getting more women to take part in sport and exercise. Look out for it, it’s on its way! In beauty, a good example would be the marketing campaigns which use people of all races, genders, and ableness to break the myth that only one type of body is good enough.

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The fitness industry and body image

The fitness industry has a crucial role in promoting body positive messages. The leisure industry is in a unique vantage point of being able to focus on building ‘healthy’ bodies and people who are confident regardless of their shape, height, weight or shoe size. Making health about health and not ‘body image’ is a task that the leisure industry can and will succeed in. Making health about overall wellness is already well underway and the future is already looking healthy.

The conversations that Mental Health Awareness Week raises are important every year – this year that of ‘Body Image’ is central to our industry and as such a conversation the industry will have to be a part of moving forward.

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Promoting mental wellness

If your leisure business is not concerned with the growing focus on mental wellbeing, then it should be. Not only could your company help the thousands of people with mental health concerns but it’s good for business; more and more people are demanding therapies and training that incorporates mental wellbeing and promoting classes and programmes that only look at physical health won’t cut it for long.

Could there be more mental health counsellors within community leisure facilities? Everyone is talking about how exercise can boost people’s body confidence but that’s only half the battle. If operators really are concerned with wellness rather than just fitness, then there needs to be a shift towards a more comprehensive array of services from those that tackle obesity and healthy eating to those that work purely on mental wellbeing. It would seem to be the next natural step.

We’d love to see mental health services in public leisure centres, private gyms and spas but, are the UK public ready to open up?

Body image is a state of mind and too often a negative body image will stop people from getting the help that they need to improve their physical health and prevent disease. By removing the idea that there is a ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ body type, more people will feel that they are able to access health and wellbeing services. Your business can play a huge role in increasing participation from people with diverse body types and get them on the road to better health both physically and mentally.

How much is your leisure business keeping up with the mental wellbeing trend?

Sport and Fitness technology: What you need to know in 2019

To look for a job in the health & fitness industry, check out our Health & Fitness jobs board.

Technology has been the buzzword of 2018 in sport and fitness, and 2019 is set to be the year when fitness tech goes mainstream. But what are the implications of technology on leisure jobs? Can technology really replace humans in the leisure industry?

We take a look at some of the health and fitness technologies on our radar and assess the impact that each may have on the demand for health and fitness professionals.

Greener gym equipment

A treadmill which generates energy as its being used has been developed by a Taiwanese athletic equipment maker. It seems like something that should have been invented years ago, yet the technology to create something that uses power and generates it at the same time isn’t simple. These ‘green’ treadmills are able to generate some power and return it to the grid but it’s not going to make a dent in closing up the hole in the ozone layer; the output is minimal and the cost savings in the pennies rather than the pounds.

In terms of green credentials, it’s a good PR exercise and a gym in Brighton has already started to use them. Could knowing that you are contributing less to degrading the planet make you more likely to work out? Possibly, but it won’t dent demand for leisure professionals. It’s a good step in the right direction and who knows, with advances in technology, the fitness industry could one day be carbon neutral.

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A surge in EMS?

Electrical Muscle Stimulation – or EMS – training was all over the place at FIBO2019. EMS training combines exercise with electric currents to make your muscles work harder, safely.  This is HIIT with extra HI. This is one tech that works in tandem with a PT, who controls the EMS kit.

Find out more at Miha Bodytec

© Miha Bodytec

Do you really need a Peloton?

Apparently everyone needs a Peloton. These are high-end exercise bikes which are a bike and class all in one. With the addition of a screen and smart technology, these are interactive, inspirational, and aspirational; the price tag of £2k is certainly an investment.

Could Pelotons reduce the need for fitness instructors? Potentially, yes these could have a major impact. With punters being able to join in a live session at a time of their choosing from the comfort of their own home, trips to the gym could be eliminated. As one instructor can handle hundreds of clients at the same time rather than a couple of dozen in a gym, then you’ll see why some personal trainers are concerned.

However, this remote method of exercise doesn’t suit everyone, and the hefty price tag will put them out of reach for most of us for a while yet. The future is coming, but it’s not here yet!

What could sports tech look like in your lifetime?

We love this tool from Coral – – where you can enter your age and it will tell you what technology is likely to materialise and when. It’s good to see clothing that can help reduce impacts and minimise injuries, and also to see smart technology to help racehorses, but we’re not totally sold on the others.

We can see drones and AI being helpful to referees and umpires but we think it would be quite sad to see them take over completely – it’s not the same hurling abuse at an un-named robot when your favourite team is losing. And while robots could be a boon to those looking after sports pitches, we still think that the human touch will be essential here, as well as human knowledge. After all, someone will need to look after this growing metal army. Could some of these have an impact on leisure jobs for humans? Possibly, but we don’t think anyone needs to panic just yet.

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What is wearable technology in fitness?

When you talk about fitness tech, most people will think of wearable tech. At the moment, wearable tech seems to be limited to measuring devices, such as FitBits and heart rate monitors.

Have a look at 6 health and fitness techs for 2019

Motiv’s fitness ring is a great example of how wearable tech is getting more advanced and smaller at the same time. The days of having to carry your phone in a clunky arm pouch will soon be gone. The fitness ring is small and powerful and is a somewhat affordable £199.

Could small be beautiful in 2019?

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Can wearable tech make you healthier?

No the wearable tech cannot make you healthier – you actually have to put it on and do some exercise to be healthier. But while simply owning the tech won’t be effective on its own, it could encourage you to get out there more and enable you to track your progress, which could create a self-reinforcing cycle of good habits.

Companies like Vitality know this and are issuing insurance policy holders with tech such as Apple Watches and Garmins to encourage people into better exercise habits and rewarding (or punishing) them accordingly when they don’t reach their goals. Their aim is to get 100 million people 20% more active by 2025, and assumingly less likely to make a claim on their health and life insurance. Win/win all around.

Can wearable tech replace personal trainers?

It’s likely that some wearable tech has the potential to reduce the demand for personal trainers, but tech does not operate in a vacuum; it needs highly-skilled professionals to make, develop, and program the tech, and to interpret the data.

Not everyone will get on with the technology and there will be plenty of people happier to be shouted at by a human instead of beeped at by a robot or piece of jewellery. And there’s the social side of the gym too, and the motivational atmosphere; many people will say they’re happy to exercise at home but will they actually do it?

Much of the current technology is expensive and some have ongoing subscription fees which are commensurate with a gym and regular PT sessions. The real threat will come when it becomes cheaper and more effective to exercise using home technology than to go to a gym. Gym owners need to be mindful of the threats posed by wearable tech and try to incorporate wearable tech into their offering to complement traditional gym sessions and bring tech-lovers into the fold.

Is your job likely to be impacted by the rise in fitness technology?

One Year on – Meet The 4Leisure Recruitment Team – Tom Lewis

A year ago we were delighted to introduce our newest team member – Tom Lewis. Tom joined the Health and Fitness division and we were excited to bring him on board.

 The last year has flown by and has been an amazing one for all of us here at 4Leisure Recruitment and we thought we would just look back and check in on Tom’s first year with our recruitment team.

HI Tom, Firstly congratulations on your first anniversary with us! Now tell us some more about the last year…

What do you enjoy the most about being a leisure recruiter?

I’m thoroughly enjoying speaking to different people on a daily basis, whether that is a candidate looking for their next opportunity or a client discussing a new role, the networking and conversations are constant which keeps things exciting with slightly different objectives and outcomes each day. I’m lucky to work with a great team in the office which makes it all the more enjoyable.

What skill did you bring to the team which has been the most useful?

I think amongst my loud talking, walking around the office talking to people on the phone, I have developed myself into the designated snack provider. Everyone “complains” as they are not exactly the most ‘healthy’ snacks, but within 5 minutes they are all tucking in! Other than that, I hope I have been able to bring another dynamic to a positive and vibrant office with some good laughs and jokes, but a serious approach where required.

What’s been the high point of your 4Leisure Recruitment experience so far?

My first placement was extremely satisfying, not just because I felt like I achieved something great and made a difference to someone’s career, but I have been able to develop that respective company into a key account which has led to some real success over the last 12 months

What has surprised you most about working at 4Leisure Recruitment?

It’s such a fast-paced environment with a constant growing task list and an everchanging set of priorities. There is always someone to speak to or an objective to pursue. It’s certainly not an environment where success will fall into your lap, 110% is required at all times with desire and a passion for what you do so important to drive you on every single day.

How are the dogs?

The dogs are great, I have not been able to bring them to the office yet but I am sure I will in due course! They might be a little too distracting being so playful.

All in all, I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year in recruitment, mainly due to the nature of the role very much suiting my style and approach to the way I work, but more importantly how easy it has been to fit in with the team. The support from James, Jean and Amy has been better than I could’ve hoped for, but also the camaraderie within the office when things don’t go how you hope, we are all there for each other to pick up and move on quickly which is key in this role! I’m looking forward to another 12 months and beyond!

Thanks Tom, we have thoroughly enjoyed your first year of many too, ‘healthy’ snacks and all!

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Tom Lewis 4Leisure Recruitment

Leisure trends: The UK Leisure Industry in 2019

It’s that time of year again when we take a look at what might be big in the UK leisure industry for the year ahead. What do you think will be big in during 2019 and beyond?

There are few major sporting events in 2019. It will be at least another year until the summer Olympics in Tokyo, and a whole four years before we can recreate this summer’s football fever thanks to the World Cup (although watch out for the UEFA Nations League in the summer). That’s not to say that the leisure industry will suffer too much. There’s always demand for good leisure experiences, as our client bookings have shown throughout all of 2018.

But what do we think will be the big leisure trends in 2019?

The UK Leisure Industry in 2019

Boutique and low-cost operators thriving

Boutiques and low-cost operators continue to dominate health & fitness sector growth. Many would have been forgiven for predicting the end of the low-cost boom but there doesn’t seem to be any let up in the expansion of these budget chains although several leading operators have opted for acquisition rather than new build lately. It would seem that the public just can’t get enough of the no-frills approach.

And whilst budget operators thrive, is the boutique market being driven partially by their success? If the low-cost model is appealing to the majority of gym-goers, then there has to be a place for the more discerning enthusiast. Those that shun the mass-market environment and gravitate towards a HIIT type experience facility have endless choice of specialist gyms, each with their own strongly branded identity. And the big plus for the boutiques is the floor space they can operate within, many requiring just a couple of thousand square feet. And perhaps, that in itself is the real recipe for success. Whilst the larger gyms have been battling it out for industrial space for 5000 members, these smaller clubs have been sneakily picking off small retail units as high street shops continue to struggle.

Whilst many industry insiders will say that these boutiques go after a very different market from the mainstream and don’t compete for members, it speaks volumes that so many operators are now revamping their group exercise offerings, particularly in the premium sector to lure the enthusiasts back to a full service model.

Our predictions for 2019 are that boutique market will continue to grow, fuelled by property availability and relatively cheap, owner/operator franchise models being attractive to investors. We expect to see wilder, bolder and more tech driven businesses that will really disrupt the market.

Wearable and fitness tech

Something that we have said is coming for a long time is the development of wearable fitness tech. So far, wearable tech has been fairly simple – such as an activity tracker like Fitbit – or too complex to be in anything more than in beta testing. But developments over the last couple of years especially has meant that a bigger rollout of more sophisticated wearable teach will be available to the mass market very soon, and if not in 2019, not long after.

Simple wearable tech is still popular though, and the trend will be to make that tech even more simple, less intrusive, and more a part of our bodies. For example, Motiv is releasing its fitness ring in the UK. This is smaller and easier to wear than the sometimes clumsy, clunky watches and heart rate monitors. You could almost forget you are wearing it. Could the next step be under-skin microchips?

motiv wearable fitness rings©

Safety tech is also making strides. We have talked before about drones being used to facilitate water rescues. While drones have not completely replaced lifeguards to a large extent, it will almost be certain, particularly for beach lifeguards to not only have first aid and rescue skills but also be adept at using drone technology. It’s a good job us leisure professionals are not afraid to acquire new skills!

Have a look at this drone in action

But could the big trend in 2019 be thanks to open data? With better sharing of data between health and fitness providers, more opportunities are opened up for people to meet their fitness goals using a variety of leisure providers. Whether this is through the provision of an app which helps customers find fitness classes to suit them, or through the sharing of very specific health data to tailor fitness programmes, open data is a step in the right direction.

How about using the ultimate personal data – your DNA – to tailor your health plan to your exacting physical needs? Sounds creepy, but it’s happening!

Fitness moves to the high street

Retail has clearly suffered from the threat of the collapse of major brands and closures of stores and where retail is moving out, leisure is moving in. It’s been the case for some time in many towns and cities that where the high street has been in decline for retailers, the coffee shops and restaurants have moved in. Blamed on more people shopping online, larger retail brands are having to reinvent themselves and embrace experiential shopping and more place-based activities.

More retailers, particularly larger department stores with huge floor spaces to make use of, are partnering with fitness providers and opening their space up for consumers who want more from a place than simply to buy more stuff. This autumn saw Debenhams opening an in-store gym in their Sutton branch, and 2019 will see the same in their Manchester and Bristol stores.

Be prepared to see more high street names becoming more diverse over the next few years.

In fact, mixed-use facilities are going to be a more common sight away from the traditional high street too. Wherever there is good accessibility, expect to see new spaces and places which house complementary activities, such as this new leisure centre in Exeter city centre. And yes, it’s likely that any new buildings will be put up with consideration for energy efficiency. After all, energy isn’t expected to get any cheaper!

Leisure trends 2019

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More inclusive leisure activities

In the past, health campaigns have concentrated on under-represented groups such as women. Do you remember the This Girl Can campaign? Now, the focus is turning to other groups such as disabled people and to different age groups such as the over 55s.

More funding is going to be given to sports which encourage inclusivity. If your fitness business has not really embraced disabled leisure activities yet 2019 could be a good time to start!

Younger consumers are not being left out though and there is a real drive for getting people of all ages to form an exercise habit. More and more facilities are catering to a family audience, such as Cloud Twelve.

Check out this hotel and spa in Nottinghamshire who are really going for the youth market.

(c) Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa

© Ye Olde Bell Hotel and Spa

Engaging with children earlier is a key tool in the fight against obesity not only in childhood but in adulthood too. Expect more campaigns and health and fitness education in schools across the UK.

More diversity in leisure provision

Interestingly, the ambition for creating industry-changing offerings has been reflected in the entertainments sector where the emphasis on an exciting visitor experience is being prioritised over large nightclub venues. This year we’ve seen darts, golf, table tennis and video gaming appearing regularly in our news feeds and we expect that to continue into 2019. How wacky, can they get? Only time will tell.

Health food trends

And what about health foods? Well, there is certainly increased awareness of the harm that can be done by some foods and changing legislation, such as the ‘sugar tax’ has made us think more about making more sensible choices. 2019 will be no exception. Expect more of the same.

Here are some ideas as to what could be big in healthy eating in the US very soon and making their way over the pond to the UK.

….And finally, what about Brexit?

Spa and Beauty has had a tumultuous year. Some extravagant new spas have been announced but the industry has been hit heavily by the lack of qualified staff available. As per our prediction last year, the looming shadow of Brexit seems to be deterring European workers from making the trip to the UK. As a knock-on effect, salaries are continuing to rise as businesses compete for staff.

If you want help navigating the waters of the leisure industry in 2019, get in touch!

Considering working in the Fitness Industry?

If you are considering working in the fitness industry, the time has never been better! If you enjoy looking after your health and fitness to the extent where it is a more than a pastime, where it is something you want to do every day then maybe a career in Health and Fitness is for you.

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The Health and Fitness industry has never been stronger. With new boutique studios and gym franchises opening daily, interest in our own wellbeing and health has driven the UK to get fitter. If you are deciding what type of career to move into it can be important to know that the future is looking strong. With the decline in other industries such as high-street retail, it is important to consider that the career you are going to choose has a bright future. The time really is now for the UK Fitness Industry.

State of the UK Fitness Industry

In the 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report presented the following figures

  • The number of fitness facilities in the UK is up from 6,728 to 7,038 this year.
  • Total membership grew by 2% to 9.9 million.
  • Total market value increased by 2.9% to £4.9 billion

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This trend has seen six successive years of increases and with the increase in health and fitness comes a boost in the need for individuals who have a genuine passion for their own fitness and that of others. The scope of careers available in the industry is huge, with new styles of innovative and increasingly technological advances the future is only looking brighter. Innovative apps and the introduction of Virtual Reality into the gym experience continue to develop and excite the fitness community, with on-demand workouts and training regimens expanding the reach of the industry into people’s everyday lives.  Working in the leisure industry is not only rewarding but ultimately it can keep you fit and healthy too!

If the image of a P.E. teacher or gym instructor springs to mind when you think about careers in the world of fitness then here is a list of just some of the health and fitness jobs to remind you of how many possibilities there actually is in the world of fitness.

  • Boxing Instructor
  • Health Club Manager
  • Fitness and Nutrition journalist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Badminton Coach
  • Cycle Scheme co-ordinator
  • Personal Trainer
  • Lifeguard
  • Swimming Teacher
  • Yoga Teacher
  • Diver
  • Sports Referee
  • Jockey
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sports agent
  • Outdoor activities instructor
  • Assistant Coach
  • Sports Psychologist

The training and pathways involved in the different roles can differ greatly, with some involving working in-house to progress and others needing specialist degrees. There are lots of resources out there to help you to narrow down your search. A great start is the National Careers Service. They have lots of vital information and can give you a brief nutshell of what the job in question requires and might be – check out

Another helpful resource for those careers that may need an academic grounding is UCAS. They provide detailed information on a huge number of leisure industry jobs and careers and brilliant advice about how to get started on your journey – have a look at

A career in the Health and Fitness industry is not always a walk in the park, but, if you chat with those who are already in the industry they will tell you it is definitely worth it. Speak to someone who works in the area you are passionate about, they might tell you about the long hours, the physical strain and the pressures of keeping training up to date. But they will also tell you they are glad they chose to do something they love to do, every day of their working life. If that is where you want to be – start your journey today.

Check out our guides to starting a career in the health and fitness industry….

How to be a lifeguard

How to be a personal trainer

How to be a cycling coach

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