Bolton’s ‘Father of Fitness’, Ken Heathcote, is to share his entrepreneurial wisdom at a free event at Bolton Central Library.
A pioneer in the fitness industry, Ken will give advice on how to set up a successful business at the library’s Start Up Engines session on Thursday, October 16.
Ken set up the country’s first ‘health club’ in Bolton in 1968, which incorporated a sauna into the traditional gym setting. He went on to develop the concept to include squash courts, aerobics classes and a restaurant, which became a blueprint for the successful fitness industry.
His success also extends to his family, as Ken’s son is celebrity chef Paul Heathcote and daughter Karen Thorpe is a successful businesswoman in the fitness equipment industry.
Still living in Bolton, Ken has decades of experience, fascinating anecdotes and plenty of useful advice to share.
Cabinet Member for Culture and Youth, Councillor John Byrne, said: “We are always looking for ways to help budding entrepreneurs in Bolton and the Start Up Engines events provide a fantastic opportunity for people serious about starting up their own business to learn from those who have managed to achieve this.
“To have someone like Ken Heathcote on board is a real coup as he has a wealth of experience in a genuinely successful business that he built up from nothing. I’m sure his advice will prove invaluable for someone who is contemplating turning their ideas into a career.”
Start Up Engines events are being held in libraries across Greater Manchester and are aimed at helping budding entrepreneurs start up their own business.
The event takes place at the Central Library on Le Mans Crescent, from 6pm to 7.30pm and attendees will get the chance to speak to advisers from Business Bolton and the Business Growth Hub.
Places can be booked in advance. For more information call 01204 332853 or visit the Library and Museum Service website.
The Start Up Engines scheme is funded by Arts Council England.