Awards and Recognition

Brand value and reputation is boosted by external recognition and industry accolades. At the core of Empower Brand culture is a passion for excellence and a desire to see every brand in the stable become recognised as best of class. That is why across our portfolio of brands have secured over 100 external awards in 15 years. These awards profiled below celebrate innovation, winning brands, outstanding customer service, best in sector recognition, exceptional financial performance and individual excellence.

Our brands have received significant recognition for its achievements, with numerous awards from the fitness and franchising sectors. 

Highlights include:

  • 2004 Citizen Business Awards – New Business of the Year

  • 2005 Fitness Industry Association FLAME Awards – Best UK Fitness Club (1000-2000 members)

  • 2006 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards – Winner South Region

  • 2007 Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce Excellence Awards – Overall Winner

  • 2007 Milton Keynes and North Bucks Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards – Winner

  • 2007 Business of the Year for £1m TO £5m Turnover category

  • 2012 Members Choice Health Club Awards – Winner of 17 Awards 2013 Members Choice Health 

  • 2014 Members Choice Health Club Awards 2014 – Winner of 27 Awards including the Gold Award

  • 2014 Members Choice Health Club Awards 2014 – Gold Award – Best Budget Chain – Fit4less

  • 2014 Members Choice Health Club Awards 2014 Gold Award – Best National Chain

  • 2016 énergie Fitness included in The Leap 100 2016: The definitive list of fast-growth companies

  • 2016 énergie Fitness wins Fitness Club Operator of the Year at UK Active Flame Awards

  • 2017 Elite Franchise Top 100 2018 – Ranked Number 14

  • 2018 Elite Franchise Top 100 2019 – Ranked Number 2

  • 2019 bfa HSBC Franchise Awards - Brand Awareness & Innovation Award Winner

  • 2019 Robert Walters Finance Awards - ‘Finance Team of the Year

  • 2019 - Elite Franchise Top 100 2020 – Ranked Number 6

  • 2020 – Elite Franchise Top 100 2021 – Ranked Number 3


énergie Fitness has also been a finalist in the following awards:

  • 2005 BFA Franchisor of the Year Award – Brand Builder of the Year 2014 & 2015

  • ukactive FLAME Awards – Health Club Operator of the Year

  • 5 times finalist in the Franchise Marketing Awards

  • 2018 ukactive Awards – Regional and National Club/Centre of the Year – énergie Fitness, Kilburn

  • 2018 ukactive Awards – New Concept, Build or Design of the Year

  • 2018 ukactive Awards – Outstanding Leader of the Year – Jan Spaticchia

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At Empowered Brands we take pride in helping our members achieve their fitness goals, building and developing each individual club to offer an excellent level of service and all the tools they need for success – all within a fun and empowering environment. 

To help us make sure we're delivering for every member we partner with the online review community, Trustpilot, to collect reviews.  

Our flagship brand énergie Fitness consistently receive extremely high ratings. In fact, énergie Fitness is ranked number 1 in UK gyms, fitness centres and classes.*

*Based on companies with our 1,000 reviews.  Data accurate on 8th April 2021. 

We are very proud that Empowered Brand énergie Fitness has been named as one of the UK’s top franchise opportunities, placing 3rd in the Elite Franchise top 100 UK franchises for 2021.

énergie Fitness is the only fitness brand to make the elite franchise top 10 for the last 3 years!

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Our annual evolution conference unites our brand family celebrating success and achievement from across the network

évolution is the highlight of the Empowered Brands calendar where we can bring together teams from across the network to share in a day of inspiration, education and celebration.  The conference includes seminars from amazing speakers (both external and from within the teams), a supplier showcase that rivals the best, capped off with the prestigious gala awards dinner.  Our franchisees and teams love to empower people to transform their lives and we love to recognise and reward this … in style! 


National Fitness Day

We are committed to the health of communities and charitable endeavours. énergie Fitness, our most successful franchising brand founded National Fitness Day back in 2011. Realising that this is an event that would benefit from participation of the whole sector, énergie ‘gifted’ National Fitness Day to ukactive in 2014. 


ukactive have exponentially increased the depth and breadth of National Fitness day to the exceptional number of individuals now involved on an annual basis – over 23 million!  We are proud to know that our colleagues and friends at BMF are now heavily involved in fronting this event. 

Empowered Brands and all new ventures going forward commit to the legacy and can expect to feature in future NFD promotions.