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UCLan student’s fitness business makes profit in first year

A Lancashire gym equipment business that started out of a university dorm room has made profit in its first year of operating.

Sam Marsh began his business in his second year of university when he started designing new fitness machines to get people more engaged with their workout routines.

Jigsaw fitness ltd sold their first fully functioning product in January of this year.

He said he noticed that people were not engaged with their equipment and were just going through the motions without enjoying the exercise they did.

This led to him putting his ideas down on paper and building prototypes at home.

Using his student loan he managed to invest £7k to create fully working prototypes and get the business off the ground.

The company has since had further investment from his parents and managed to make a profit within its first year.

The last 7 months in particular have seen the business accelerate with interest from major fitness companies such as Fitness First.

The company prides itself in involving people and fitness companies within the design process and asking what features individuals would like.

They hope to take the mundane away and the company wants to see people happy and looking forward to going to the gym.

All their manufacturing is done in the UK, which Sam says allows him to be more flexible when making changes.

Sam said, “I’ve never been so busy, it’s exciting, we’re moving away from being a startup now.

“The business model we’ve taken is we partner with people instead of trying to do everything ourselves, currently we’re partnered with Eixgo who have been manufacturing for 23 years.

“It’s a brilliant model while I’m still learning and the quality of the product is fantastic.

“The feedback we’ve had has been incredible, it’s still early days but we build to last.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Sophia Taha .

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