That was the business plan when Virgin Active CEO Matthew Bucknall first met Richard Branson back in July 1997. Richard's message was very simple – spend the next year travelling at my expense, but make sure that you create the very best health clubs in the world. We think we've achieved that, and much, much more.
Today, we have over 60 clubs in the UK alone, and an impressive 250 worldwide, making us one of the fastest-growing businesses within the Virgin Group. A far cry from when we opened our very first club in Preston, Lancashire in 1999. By 2011 we had reached the 1 million members mark. And, today, we have over 20,000 people working for us, each of whom share our values of fun, challenging the norm, innovation, excellent customer service and value for money. Indeed, these are the essential ingredients that have made us, and continue to make us, and our people tick.
All work and no play... well, you know what they say. That's why we've come up with a few unique extras to brighten up our people's working lives. Our monthly newsletter 'Active News', regularly features all the great service stories from around the business. 'We Love You' Postcards allow colleagues the opportunity to recognise each other for being brilliant, and managers can award their employees for outstanding performances. And, if you do something really outstanding, how about a £25 'Love Cheque'? It's yours to spend on anything you like. And, there's more.
The Virgin Active benefits package is a generous one that includes childcare assistance, complimentary gym memberships for you and a friend, a first-rate pension plan and charity days off for Virgin Unite. We'll even give you your birthday off every year as a bonus holiday day to spend doing whatever you want. What's more, you'll be eligible to join Tribe, our exclusive online shopping experience that gives you access to a vast array of Virgin Group discounts.
However you want to improve yourself or progress, we can help you do it. If you want us to guide you on a career path, no problem. Or maybe you want to choose your own direction. That's fine too. Either way, you can be sure you'll receive the support you need to achieve your own unique goals, including a thorough induction when you join and role-specific training to get you up and running. There will also be plenty of development opportunities, including staff exchange schemes, expert industry training and staff mentoring programmes, to keep you moving forward in your career.
Virgin Active was born in 1999 and currently has 43 clubs in the UK, with over 250 worldwide! We’re renowned for our outstanding customer service and helping our member be their personal best. Everyone’s welcome at Virgin Active. Young or old. Fit or unfit. It’s all good.
We set out to create a health club that’s different from all the rest. We love helping our members to be active. But we’re not uptight or overly serious about it. That’s the way we do things around here. We don’t believe in hidden extras or locked doors either – you can use everything you want to in our clubs.
So step inside and you’ll experience a health club that’s actively different from all the rest. You’ll be encouraged, inspired, and made to feel right at home.
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