Popular Nottingham gym moving out of city base amid huge period of growth – Nottinghamshire Live
A day care and training facility for dogs could soon replace a popular gym in Nottingham. The gym, Nottingham Strong, will be moving to Lenton while the dog training business, Build a Bond, hopes to move into the building in Meadow Lane.
Adrian Rybicki, 32, set up his ‘Build a Bond’ dog grooming and training company in 2012 and he currently works from his home in Cotgrave. At the time he had been working for the Dogs Trust as a training and behaviour advisor, and using his skillset he decided to establish his own brand, first working on their new venture on a part-time basis.
Mr Rybicki now employs six members of staff and hopes to use the building, London House in Meadow Lane, as a base of operations, primarily for dog training. “When the first lockdown passed I then went into canine walking and training full time, ” he said.
“Then the second lockdown hit and we obviously struggled as we had no support due to not trading for long enough. Our turnover for the first year was low.
“The second year we were trading I was so busy I had to employ staff members, and we continued to grow to ten times the size that we were three years ago and we continue to add more quality services and maintain a strong positive brand to this day. ”
The company right now offers dog training, dog walking, training courses, pet-sitting, puppy one-to-one sessions, volunteering, day trips and services such as professional photoshoots. Normal membership will start from £7. 99, with a premium membership for unlimited access to training classes costing around £39. 99.
“We are very lucky to be able to do this in the current climate, ” he added. His plans are currently being considered by Nottingham City Council.
Meanwhile, Nottingham Strong (NS), which opened in London House five years ago, will be moving to a new premises in Church Street, Lenton. Work is currently underway to transform its new site, a former warehouse, while the gym in Field Lane remains open for use.
Its progress is being documented on its Instagram page with an opening date soon to be announced. The owner of the gym says: “We’ll have 9, 000 square-foot of world-class training equipment, distinct areas for powerlifting, weightlifting and bodybuilding, with a healthy blend between them, retaining the atmosphere of NS 1 . 0, whilst expanding the potential.
“In 2017 Nottingham Strong opened its doors. On opening the gym was equipped with the essentials for strength training and was an immediate hit. In the 5 years its been open it has grown to become a living, breathing facility, with a heartbeat of its own.
“With that has come an incredible community, producing countless elite lifters and, of course , constant reinvestment with a persistent member focus, to provide you all with the best coaching facility we can offer. We’re not showing signs of slowing down, we can’t wait for the next chapter of NS. inch