Case Studies

Brand-new Stornoway gym opens

A brand-new gym has opened in Stornoway after the business owner received expert guidance and support from Business Gateway.

About the business

Launched in August, Warehouse Gym STY boasts a high standard of training equipment and, combined with the expertise of its team of personal trainers, offers a safe space for the local community to grow and reach their fitness goals through coaching and classes.    

Business Gateway has been a fantastic support since I first approached them for help and have been instrumental in helping me get my gym off to a successful start.
Jack Renfrew, Founder, Warehouse Gym STY

How Business Gateway has helped

Armed with an idea to open his own fitness facility and having identified premises in Stornoway, Founder, Jack Renfrew alongside wife and co-owner Jennifer Renfrew started working on making the facilities suitable for use as a gym. The personal trainer approached Business Gateway for support to develop his business plan further.  

Jack benefitted from a range of Business Gateway’s start-up support, which included one-to-one guidance from a dedicated business adviser, as well as advice on his business plan and routes to funding.  

Through Business Gateway, Jack accessed grant funding through the COVID-19 Economic Recovery Grant Scheme (CERGS), as well as a Comhairle business loan, which helped towards refurbishing the premises and the purchase of new gym equipment.  

Jack also accessed grant funding and mentoring support through the Outer Hebrides Youth Enterprise Programme (OHYEP), which is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and delivered by the Business Gateway Outer Hebrides team.  

Since launching last month, Warehouse Gym STY has been very busy, and has experienced a higher membership uptake than first anticipated.  Jack now has plans to develop the business’ range of services to include sales of fitness supplements and branded merchandise.   

Jack Renfrew, Founder, Warehouse Gym STY, said: “Although I had over six years of experience as a personal trainer, I needed the practical knowledge required to take the next step in opening the gym. Business Gateway has been a fantastic support since I first approached them for help and have been instrumental in helping me get my gym off to a successful start.” 

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