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  • Gym dream works out for ex-Marine!

    Henry James

    AN ex-Marine will realise his dream of owning his own gym when he opens an Anytime Fitness centre in Maghull’s Central Square.

    Alex Ivanoff, has refurbished the former Home Bargains site in the precinct and turned it into a mixed-use gym complete with “high end” equipment and studio space.

    The former soldier will run the 24-hour gym, and has recruited a team of four full time members of staff.

    The facility will also allow up to four self-employed personal trainers to work at the gym.

    Alex bought the site, thanks to a £350,000 funding package from NatWest, with the funding used to purchase the franchise and revamp the building. Once established in Maghull, Alex plans to expand his franchise and launch up to 10 further locations over the coming years.

    Alex said: “Although my background is in the military, it has always been my ambition to open my own gym business.

    “Thanks to the funding from NatWest and the support and guidance from their banking team, I have been able to turn my passion for fitness into my own business.

    “I look forward to welcoming our first members through the door and offering them a comfortable environment to train in.”

    NatWest relationship manager, Sarah Bailey, said: “As soon as you meet Alex his unwavering passion for his business is evident.

    “We have enjoyed supporting him with his first business venture and wish him every success in growing his franchise in future.”

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