Realising a dream of business ownership: from club manager to franchisee

When you have a dream to own a business but are still wondering if you can make the leap from employee to employer, you can feel torn

Realising a dream of business ownership: from club manager to franchisee

Franchising has many stories of employees who see the great benefits of taking that leap when working for other franchisees. John Prior has recently taken his years of experience as a club manager for Snap Fitness to realising his dream of launching his own gym.

“I have 15 years of fitness industry experience including 10 years with Snap Fitness. After working alongside an existing Snap Fitness franchisee group, supporting the club teams in building successful community focused gyms, I’m really excited to be opening my first gym in Addlestone, Surrey.

“I’ve been with the brand since it first came to the UK. After working in the industry for other gym brands, I can say without hesitation that Snap Fitness is the best I’ve ever worked for. I fell in love with Snap and its approach to health and fitness from day one, and I’ve never looked back. I’ve been a regional manager and club manager in previous roles, providing leadership across 10 Snap Fitness gym locations. Opening my first franchise is a culmination of all the time and energy I’ve invested in the brand – hopefully the first of many.”

Snap Fitness fosters a family first, fun, “One Team” culture, providing opportunities for both personal and professional growth. The success of Snap Fitness in the UK since their first club opened in 2012 is attributed to their exceptional franchisees and their teams. 

John Prior epitomises the brand’s values and ethos with his commitment to continued professional development, his energy to innovate and his dedication to impacting and improving the lives of those he works with. Winning the CEO One Team and Regional Manager awards in two consecutive years, John leads the way and sets standards high.

“Everyone has a reason to exercise, and I’m committed to giving people an opportunity to participate in whatever type of movement they enjoy most. My experience working in our gyms has shown me the importance of creating a safe and inclusive place for everybody. Giving members something to aim for, being a support and cheering people on when they need it most is so rewarding and fulfilling – it’s one of the main drivers for doing what I do. Seeing the positive impact fitness can bring will always inspire me. I get so much gratification from taking everything I’ve learnt on my journey and knowing all the challenges have been worth it.” 

Now John has made the transition from employee to franchisee, his relationship with the head office support team takes a slight shift in dynamic.

“The support office team has always offered comprehensive and continuous training for both my team and me, but now I plug into that as a business owner. They are readily available to address any queries or provide guidance as needed. The dedicated team of marketing professionals produce exceptional video and social media content, ensuring our online presence remains polished and appealing to potential new members. Their expertise extends to maintaining an attractive and professional website, enhancing our ability to attract prospective members.

“My advice for anyone considering joining the Snap Fitness network would be to trust in the brand and make that leap – make your dreams come true. The brand is there every step of the way to support you, mitigating risk. You really do get out what you put in, and your hard work and commitment will pay off. Snap Fitness is leading the way in the fitness industry – the energy, positivity and sense of community in the network is incredible.

“I’m excited to create a supportive community at Snap Fitness Addlestone. Looking to the future, my dream is to grow my Snap Fitness portfolio. There are so many opportunities here – my journey is going to be amazing.” 

If you are ready to join one of the fastest-growing industries in the world, why not get in touch now and take the first step on your new path to changing lives?

This article is brought to you courtesy of Snap Fitness, a leading fitness franchise with 1,000+ clubs across 20+ countries. 2023 will see the brand’s 100th franchise location launch in the UK.

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