FITNESS equipment supplier Anytime Leisure has hired the former chief executive of English Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Fulham as it sets itself the ambitious goal of doubling turnover in the coming year.
The firm, which is headquartered on the outskirts of Edinburgh, plans to use Bruce Langham’s “wealth of experience” to tap new markets at home and abroad.
It is confident it can achieve 100 per cent turnover growth next year, which would take total sales to £12 million from this year’s estimated haul of about £6m.
Anytime was set up by directors Paul Bodger and Josh Bicknell five years ago, with fellow director Jonny Curley joining in early 2010. The Newbridge-based company has 32 staff and sells throughout the UK and Europe.
Managing director Bodger said it was the right time for the business to bring on board its first non-executive director.
He said: “We have enjoyed success and growth since we established the company and we feel the time is right to bring someone on board who can help us plan and execute our plans for further growth.
“Bruce has masses of business experience in a variety of sectors, including in elite professional sport, so his expertise and experience will be invaluable.”
Langham’s career has spanned aviation, telecommunications and cable television, including heading up Telewest’s consumer division. He is a non-executive director of Hibernian FC.
He said he would be adding “some grey hair” to a company led by three young entrepreneurs. “Anytime Leisure is an exciting business run by a very dynamic team of executive directors with ambitious plans,” said Langham.