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Northern Ireland gym equipment firm BLK BOX fitness recruits 12 new staff after £1.4m investment

Equipment supplied by BLK BOX to Premier League club Everton and a club in Wandsworth, London
Equipment supplied by BLK BOX to Premier League club Everton and a club in Wandsworth, London
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

A Belfast company that designs and manufactures fitness equipment has recruited 12 new staff on the back of a £1.4m investment.

BLK BOX Fitness said it had moved to expand its premises and invest in a new laser-cutting machine and press brake following several significant contract wins, including a deal with no-frills operator, PureGym.

Set up in 2012, BLK BOX Fitness designs and manufactures strength and conditioning equipment from a 60,000 sq ft facility in the Titanic Quarter.

The firm, which has been backed in the move by Danske Bank, currently employs 50 people.

Its customers to date include Google, Swiss Rowing Federation, Montpellier Rugby, Arsenal FC, Everton FC and Irish Rugby.

Managing director, Gregg Bradley, said: "Since moving our banking to Danske Bank in 2016, we have strategically invested in the business to support our future growth.

"We've taken on 12 additional staff, expanded our premises in Titanic Quarter and invested in new machinery.

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Equipment supplied by BLK BOX to Premier League club Everton and a club in Wandsworth, London
Equipment supplied by BLK BOX to Premier League club Everton and a club in Wandsworth, London

"The new machinery will help us to develop new products, shorten lead times and will help us increase our foothold in new markets. It will also enable us to fulfil contracts with Sport Scotland, NSW Institute of Sport in Sydney and our ongoing work with PureGym. So far, we have completed 100 sites around the UK for PureGym and hopefully we have another 400 to go over the next three to five years."

He added: "In the next 12-18 months, we'll be looking to hire more staff locally and expect a similar level of accelerated growth."

Julie Skelly, business manager at Danske Bank, said: "Greg and his team have worked with some of the leading companies from the world of sport and business. In one of the UK's most competitive industries, BLK BOX Fitness has grown rapidly over the last seven years and that is testament to the high-quality product that the company has become known for.

"Increased working capital and asset finance funding, along with foreign exchange solutions, have been important factors in the company's growth and we're delighted to be able to support BLK BOX Fitness as it moves into new markets."

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