PayasUgym in great shape with £1.6m funding round

PayasUgym, the UK’s largest fitness network, is announcing a £1.6 million funding round which has been led by Albion Ventures and MMC Ventures and has been backed again by existing investors, bringing the total investment to date of £3.5m. With 12 million ex-gym members in the UK (double the amount of gym members!) PayasUgym offers the ideal solution for those looking to get back into the gym, as well as first timers, by offering flexible, discounted gym passes nationwide.

The significant funding will be used to strengthen PayasUgym’s market leading position in the UK and to launch new products and services – including enabling customers to compare and directly book fitness classes all over the UK. This investment comes just two weeks after PayasUgym announced the recruitment of Chief Marketing Officer, Graeme Horne, who has joined the management team.

Founded in 2010 by Jamie Ward and Neil Harmsworth, PayasUgym enables gym goers to easily locate gyms and health clubs online and then purchase flexible, discounted gym passes for 1 day, 1 month or 3 month periods. Passes are sent to the customer by SMS and email and are presented to gym reception staff to gain access. Customers are also able to leave feedback on their experience and request information on membership deals at specific clubs. In addition, the company is launching a fitness class booking service this year.

PayasUgym’s customers fall into three categories: those with busy or unpredictable schedules that need the flexibility of pay-as-you-go; those with memberships already that need to visit a different gym; and finally customers use PayasUgym to compare gyms with the information and feedback provided and buy passes to try them out before considering membership.

With more than 1,700 health clubs now available on its website, PayasUgym has established itself as the UK’s largest online gym network. Partnering with well-known brands such as Virgin Active, Pure Gym, Energie and Hilton Livingwell, the website now provides access to 1 in 3 of all UK health clubs and gyms and has generated over 100,000 customer reviews.

PayasUgym CEO, Jamie Ward said “We’ve built a strong and dedicated network of angel investors who have loyally supported us so far and now we are entering a new stage in the life of PayasUgym that requires ‘next-level’ investors. I’m delighted to welcome Albion and MMC to the party not only for the funds but also the guidance and support they can offer us from their extensive networks and experience of scaling young companies. It’s very exciting times for us all at PayasUgym.”

Will Fraser-Allen, Deputy Managing Partner at Albion Ventures will be joining the PayasUgym Board and said “Payasugym is an exciting and innovative company with a tremendous future ahead of it. The company already has a significant web presence and with a third of health and fitness clubs in the UK already signed up, is well placed to capitalise on its first mover advantage. We are looking forward to working with the Payasugym team to build a significant business in a sector we know well.”

Rory Stirling, Partner at MMC Ventures said, “We are absolutely delighted to be backing PayasUgym. We have been very impressed by Jamie and his team, and love the way in which they are disrupting the booming gym sector, bringing gym-goers choice and flexibility. We look forward to doing what we can to support the business to build a big success story.”