Thursday 8th April
The GBSLEP Growth Hub has assisted a gym with funding, mentoring, training and more. CrossFit Tamworth is a leisure and fitness gymnasium where coaching, CrossFit and one-to-one training is provided.
Mark Oscroft, the Director and Head Coach, explained that the business is looking to grow and expand as they have outgrown the current property that they are in. He said: “We are trying to grow as a business and so we need bigger premises. There was a peak where we had to put people on a waiting list and that stumped our growth. So, we’ve needed funding to get a new property and to get everything up and running.”
Mark knew he needed business advice and financial assistance to be able to obtain new premises, which is why he contacted the GBSLEP Growth Hub: “I saw an advert on Tamworth Borough Council’s website about the Growth Hub’s business support and it said you could speak to an adviser, so I thought there was no harm in trying it out” (Mark Oscroft, Director, CrossFit Tamworth).
Klaudia Haines, one of the Growth Hub’s Business Advisers, provided Mark with tailored business support and now he has begun his search for new grounds: “We’ve been directed to people who are searching for properties for us to move into”. Moving into a new building will not only provide space for new members but will also allow CrossFit Tamworth to purchase new equipment and offer additional services.
He was referred to our Growth Hub Skills & Apprenticeship Hub, a one stop shop for employers looking to develop a talented workforce. CrossFit Tamworth are not only wanting to upskill and train their current staff but are also hiring an apprentice to assist with the administrative side of the business. Mark explained: “We’re currently closed due to the COVID-19 guidelines, but we are excited to grow. We spoke to you about skills support as we want our current employees to further their skills. We’ve also finished the process of employing an apprentice so hopefully that will be in place in the next couple of weeks.”
Klaudia also signposted CrossFit Tamworth to one of the Growth Hub’s partners’, Mentoring for Growth. Mark said: “We’re receiving mentoring to help us with the financial side of the business and for help to receive some funding.” The free programme gives ambitious business leaders the opportunity to be mentored by senior personnel from some of the UK's most productive companies.
With our support, CrossFit Tamworth also received funding: “We’ve had the SME Restart Grant which is great. This helped us to upgrade our floor cleaner, which has made cleaning the floors a lot easier and it has saved us a lot of time. We can now clean a lot more frequently to ensure that everything is hygienic.” The SME Restart Grant scheme is designed to fund the purchase of new technology and other equipment as well as professional, legal, financial, or other advice.
The Growth Hub has provided many solutions to ensure CrossFit Tamworth reaches their business goals and we’ll continue to provide expert assistance to the business: “I’ve been impressed with the constant communication and continuous support to get all of our plans in place. The support really has been fantastic” (Mark Oscroft, Director).
The GBSLEP Growth Hub has a range of specialties and experience in our expanded team, contact an expert to receive tailored business support.