In Focus – Platinum Gyms
Interview with Brendan Prior
Tell me a bit about the business, Brendan.
Originally, I trained in accountancy and had been practicing for 10 years. However, I wanted to get into something new and different. I had an idea of starting up a gym in Balbriggan after noticing the lack of such a facility in the local area. It was a pre-recession idea but even after the downturn hit, I decided to stick to my guns and opened in December 2009 and have been running since.
How many do you employ and have you had to let anyone go?
Currently I employ five members of staff. I’ve been pretty lucky as well that I haven’t had to let anyone go because we are doing well enough.
Business must be good so?
Well, it’s going as well as can be expected. We have been able to expand and put in two new studios. We are one of the only gyms to offer a full yoga studio that caters for all. We also incorporate the yoga and Pilates into the membership fees so it doesn’t cost any extra.
So what is your offer for QBA members?
There will be a 10% discount off direct debit cost of membership fees. We will also offer one month free for three month membership and two months membership for six months membership.