Fitness instructor expands business thanks to grant

Richard Coates.

A new fitness business has been helped to expand thanks to a grant from the district council.

Richard Coates set up Typhoon Fitness in Scorton six months ago after spending more than 20 years working in the fitness industry.

He offers fitness classes and personal training.

He began with classes in Scorton but with the help of a small business grant from Richmondshire District Council will now expand to other local villages to help people with limited time get some quality exercise without having to spend time in a car travelling to a gym.

He can also offer personal training from his studio, from the office and home on a one to one or one to four basis.

“This wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the grant scheme,” said Richard.

“It has meant I have been able to set up my own business and now expand to offer a service to more areas.”

The Small Business Grant Scheme offers up to £1000 to small businesses under 36 months old to help start and grow.  The fund can be used towards the purchase of equipment, marketing costs and adaptation to premises.

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