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Jump around! Oxygen Freejumping takes off in London!

After having made a name for himself in Los Angeles, the founder of LA Fitness – Fred Turok – and business partner David Stalker (formerly of UK Active) have opened their first indoor trampoline park in west London. Their name? Appropriately, Oxygen Freejumping.

This new start trampoline park harnesses the massive expertise of both Fred and David, as well as nearly £10 million in investment and fundraising, to create an ambitious plan to have 14 new clubs within the next 24 months. Their ultimate goal – after raising £15 million over the next 2 years – is to be the big name in indoor trampolining.Read More

Johnson Reed get the Beach Hut set up

The Beach Hut, Great Harwood, Lancs, is a brand new play centre that provides activities for children of all ages. Owner Mel had the dream of opening a play centre in her local area for many years and spent this time saving and learning the requirements of running such a site.

When developing the centre, Mel wanted to offer a full range of exciting activities for children of all ages in a purpose-built building that offers a multi-level soft play frame for ages 3-11, which features wavy slides, obstacle climber, sports pitch, and creepy climber.Read More

All aboard for Little Subs Children’s Play Centre!

Business partners Latif Dal and Rick Gwilliam put together a comprehensive plan that runs through the details of why their new start Play Centre will be a success – these chaps have done their homework!

When they requested some assistance it was an easy decision for Johnson Reed. Located in a village with small competition and massive opportunity, they negotiated good terms with the landlord of up to 6 months free rent for a 8,000 sqft. unit, with a 15 year lease in a key location in town next to Tesco and the main train station.Read More

Johnson Reed provides soft play finance for Run and Jump Indoor play centres

The Run and Jump indoor play centre is a new and exciting children’s soft play arena based in Wigan. Set up by Regan and Steve, the centre caters to children from the ages of 0 – 12, and promises a fun-filled, clean, and safe environment.

Open 7 days a week, the centre boasts a 4 metre, 3 lane wavy slide, ball shower, Astro glide, plus a lot more! For the more sports-minded, there is also a football and basketball court available, and even a separate toddler play area for under 4s. They group have also started offering birthday parties and events for groups of kids, and even organise the booking of themed mascots from a local business! For the patient parents, there is also a cafe for drinks and free wi-fi.Read More

Moore extends Monsterz reach

Having successfully established his brand in Ruswarp, near the North Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby, Brian Moore has taken the plunge to open a second Mini Monsterz site, in Scarborough. He tells Indoor Play why now is the right time to expand and why he went back to previous partners to help facilitate the new site

When Little Hoppers closed its doors in Scarborough in April, it was the second of the town’s indoor play areas to shut in 12 months. Located in an industrial estate on the edge of the sleepy seaside resort, the 9,000 square foot facility was taken over on a 20-year lease and re-opened after a significant cash injection as the second in the Mini Monsterz stable of family entertainment centres.Read More

Soft play, hungry children and Johnson Reed

If you’re thinking of launching a new children’s play centre, make sure you come to Johnson Reed first. We know all the ins and outs of the soft play sector, and we can advise on the best soft play equipment finance available on the market. That’s what the Purple Monster Play Centre did recently in Crosby, Liverpool. As a new start business, they realized that they needed some expert help …Read More

White van man to the rescue

A client of ours is a leading supplier of soft play products. Things like multi-piece brick kits that help kids to stack, count, throw, lift, construct and build. Or themed soft play balls, on the largish size at 700mm diameter. Or ball pool balls. Do you know you need at least 2,000 balls to fill the average ball pool? All these products have two things in common. They’re very light, …Read More

Johnson Reed is soft on play centres

Yes, the secret’s out. Were going soft in our old age. We’re sinking in softness. We have a distinct soft spot for childrens’ needs, and we’re a bit soft in the head when it comes to software. But no one can accuse us of being a soft touch when it comes to getting the best deals we can for our clients in the soft play sector. The Fun Factor opened …Read More

Economic uncertainty in the Indoor Play sector

No Indoor Play reader will have been unaffected by the economic uncertainty that envelopes the nation. We ask Johnson Reed’s Mark Johnson for his take on the UK finance scene and how this is impacting indoor play operators What is the state of play finance wise in the UK and how is it affecting the sourcing of funding generally? The banks remain very nervous and will for as long as …Read More

We’ve been busy at Bizee Kidz

It’s far from child’s play when you decide that your dream business is going to be a kids play centre. The owners of Bizee Kids Indoor Adventure Play and Party Centre in Wigan decided that they wanted to do things properly. And that meant some heavy investment in suitable soft play equipment. After all, when it comes to the safety of children, you can’t afford to cut corners. We specialise …Read More

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