‘We have been hit the hardest’: Gym owner calls for more support for smaller businesses during pandemic
- Credit: Richard Taylor
A gym owner has called for more support for smaller businesses as he says they have been “hit the hardest” amid the coronavirus crisis.
Richard Taylor, from Tiger Fitness, in Thetford, is one of thousands of gym owners who have been forced to close as lockdown continues.
But in a bid to keep his members engaged and ensure he has a business to return to, Mr Taylor has moved his gym online and has been creating content on his YouTube channel.
Tiger Fitness has been based at the Charles Burrell Centre for two and a half years, providing classes and personal training for its “dedicated members”, who last year nominated Mr Taylor at Thetford’s first ever business awards.
And this year the 29-year-old has once again made it into the top two nominations.
You may also want to watch:
Now Mr Taylor says it’s more important than ever to recognise the hard work of smaller or independent businesses in the town and to support them during these uncertain times.
He said: “I have a lot of time for the Thetford Business Awards and it’s great to be nominated for a second year. It would be nice to claim the top spot in the leisure industry category this year.
- 1 Wanted man identified after Thetford shop burglary
- 2 Father and son admit handling stolen power tools
- 3 Bryan Cranston to Meghan Markle - how USO show brings stars to our region
- 4 Man due in court in connection with Norfolk stab attack
- 5 Work starts on new £4.2m housing project in Norfolk village
- 6 Night out safety advice issued after drink-spiking reports in Norfolk
- 7 Four-car crash leaves pregnant woman in hospital
- 8 Family's tribute to 'gentle giant' killed in A134 crash
- 9 Sex abuse survivor hits out at attacker's sentence
- 10 21-year-old airlifted to hospital after car crashes into trees
“For me really, it’s about moving forward, being established, I want to grow and hopefully one day become a franchise.
“But it’s hard to plan for the future right now, so it would be great to see everyone working together to support one another, if you see something on social media give it a share and support local businesses.
“We are the ones who have been hit the hardest, so it’s just about being a little bit more thoughtful.”
As well as running a gym, Mr Taylor also works part-time as a firefighter and a doorman, which he said has enabled him to support himself while his gym is closed.
And although there is no telling when he will be able to re-open, Mr Taylor said he feels hopeful Tiger Fitness will survive the pandemic.
“It all depends on the time, the longer it goes on for the longer we have to pay bills and I would be gutted if I had to close down,” said Mr Taylor.
“But that would be worse case scenario I think we will come out okay. We have a good reputation and a lot of my clients are buzzing to get back to it.”