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5 minutes with Airea 51

Airea 51, the UK’s newest indoor adventure park and the first of its kind in Telford, is about to spring into action. At more than 30,000 square feet, the park boasts a wide range of indoor leisure activities, from trampolines to ninja warrior courses.

We catch up with founder and director, Dean McQuire, to discuss his first foray into the industry, the trampoline park potential in the UK and the crucial role equipment leasing played throughout the start-up process.Read More

Q&A with ukactive

Established in 1991, ukactive was created as the trade association for the leisure sector, committed to improving the health of the nation through promoting active lifestyles.

We grab five minutes with senior account executive, Adam Farrant, to discuss their ongoing mission, member benefits, important dates for your diaries and predictions for the leisure and fitness industries in the coming year.Read More

Adventure Zone continues to expand soft play offering

Directors, Darren and Lorraine Malt, have made a series of upgrades to the facility, including the introduction of laser tag earlier in the year, and most recently, the purchase of new soft play equipment. As well as upgrading the more dated features, the new equipment has helped expand the existing soft play structures, providing a larger and more exciting laser quest venue for birthday and corporate parties. Now older children and parents can get involved too!Read More

Introducing: Total Ninja

Trafford Park’s Total Ninja is the UK’s first and the world’s largest ninja park at 40,000 square feet. The venue opened in May, and if the first couple of months have been anything to go by, this is just the start for the fantastic new facility and Innovation Leisure’s latest business venture. As most recently illustrated by the conception of Total Ninja, the UK soft play and leisure landscapes are constantly evolving, with ideas and business ventures approaching more adventurous territory and catering to new audiences. Just like the swift uptake when trampoline parks sprang onto the scene, the rise of the ninja park could be imminent! Read More

The 6 most common misconceptions of leasing

Venturing down the finance route can initially seem a little daunting, typically associated with credit checks, tedious paperwork and onerous conditions. Whilst this may have been your experience with banks and finance houses in the past, this certainly doesn’t need to be the case. At Johnson Reed, we understand the time constraints and daily pressures of running a business, and facilitate your finance requirements in a quick, simple and fuss-free manner. Read More

New BSI Regulation for UK Trampoline Parks

The industry has grown exponentially over the past few years, with around 150 parks now up and running in the UK. With the number of trampoline parks growing by 3000% since November 2014, it’s no wonder that regulation has struggled to keep up! In total, 15 organisations were involved in the development of the British Standards Institution Publicly Available Standard (BSI PAS) guidelines, including the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP), who sponsored the specification.Read More

Bounce-A-Roo jump to new heights

Being confined by the restraints of a 9-5 job is never the ideal scenario if you have a young family, but an inevitable necessity for most. That said, there aren’t many professions that allow for enough time with little ones! As young parents themselves, Lorna and Steven Hessey immersed themselves in a profession that is centred around and inspired by their own children. Founded in 2012, Bounce-A-Roo was initially formed as a bouncy castle rental service, and has grown rapidly to incorporate a diverse range of children’s party and entertainment services. Read More

Does your play centre cater for everyone?

Whether you operate an open cafeteria for visitors, or provide catering on a larger scale for children’s parties, a successful catering operation can be a profitable revenue stream for the business and drive more new and repeat custom. We take a closer look at current industry trends to find out what the paying customers- parents and carers- are really looking for.Read More

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