Abbey signs exclusive deal with énergie fitness for speedy expansion plan in Ireland
énergie Group, the UK’s market leading fitness franchise company, today announced that it has signed an exclusive deal with Abbey International Finance which gives Abbey control over énergie Fitness, énergie Fitness for Women and Fit4Less Brands across Ireland.
Abbey confirmed that it had bold plans for a major investment into the rolling of the énergie brands across Ireland over next three years creating hundreds of jobs and building facilities that will positively impact on the health of the nation.
énergie Group, which operates almost 100 clubs five countries and serves more than 90,000 members, had previously granted rights to Abbey for the Leinster region following the acquisition of nine clubs in 2010. énergie Chairman Jan Spaticchia said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with such a dynamic organisation as Abbey International Finance and have been hugely impressed with both their understanding of the local market and commitment to establishing énergie as the clear market leader in Ireland. We look forward to working with the Abbey team over this very exciting period".
In preparation for expansion Abbey has now assembled a world-class leadership team to drive the expansion strategy. UK industry veteran Innes Kerr has moved from his position as Operations Director of the énergie Group in the UK, to take up the position of Managing Director in Ireland with responsibility for operations across the énergie brand portfolio.