Vicky Coupe with Steve Hilton, managing director of Entre-Prises UK and Clip ‘n Climb UK.
Clip ‘n Climb UK, the recreational climbing activity centre, is rolling out its successful model by launching franchise centres and concessions with the aim of opening 100 new UK centres.
The brand has operated in the UK since 2011 and is part of Entre-Prises UK (a leading manufacturer of climbing walls) which is a subsidiary of the French Group, ABEO that supplies sports and leisure equipment.
Clip ‘n Climb currently has over 80 centres across the UK, achieving an annual turnover of almost £25m said the company.
The Clip ‘n Climb franchise incorporates a complete turnkey leisure business model, including design and installation of more than 40 indoor and outdoor climbing challenges designed to appeal to all age groups.
Clip ‘n Climb explains that its business proposition is for those who share its values and principles, and says its comprehensive franchise training and support programme covers business planning, finance and safety.
Franchisees will also receive exclusive discounts on equipment, maintenance checks, further training and have early access to upgrades, new climbing wall releases, as well as marketing support and additional booking system features.
Clip ‘n Climb offers customers access to a variety of climbing challenges for the whole family, as well as offering classes such as Climb Fit, a fitness training session. The centres also include a café, party rooms and soft play areas.
Vicky Coupe, franchise manager at Clip ‘n Climb, introducing its concept said: “Clip ‘n Climb has revolutionised indoor climbing. The theme park meets climbing wall concept offers a thrill and challenge to people of four years of age all the way up to 80 plus.
“We’ve seen leisure climbing grow in popularity since we installed the first Clip ‘n Climb centre in the UK and industry insights report a 40 to 50 per cent increase of indoor climbers in the last two years alone.
“With the news that sport climbing will make its Olympic debut at the games in Japan 2020 its popularity is set to soar and so it’s the perfect time to look for the right people in the right locations to share in our success.
“Launching the franchise model marks a major milestone and cements our ambition to give even more people in the UK access to fun, safe, indoor climbing.”
Clip ‘n Climb was founded in 2005 in Christchurch, New Zealand and has since grown the brand internationally to reach 265 centres worldwide.