Industry big hitters return for round two with Escape Fitness

Two of the industry’s most experienced professionals have returned to Escape Fitness after several years exploring other projects. Duncan Black and Steven Sykes both return to the team in business development roles to support the company’s global growth plans.

Having spent the last ten years growing his network in the international fitness market through consultancy and commercial development roles, Duncan has stepped into the role of Business Development and Relationship Manager EMEA. Reporting into the commercial director, Duncan’s responsibilities will be focused on growing Escape’s influence overseas, specifically in the Scandinavian, German and the Western Mediterranean regions.

Duncan said: “Stepping back through the Escape door feels like coming home. Since I was last in the team, 10 years ago, the company has gone through a huge evolution. Still true to its ‘making the impossible possible’ mantra, the brand is now a serious player on the international stage. With a number of new product innovations challenging the market and several others in the pipeline scheduled for launch later this year, I am really looking forward to putting on my gloves and getting back in the ring.”

Working alongside Duncan in a Business Development and Relationship Manager role is Steven Sykes. Since leaving Escape approximately 12 years ago, Steven gained invaluable knowledge and experience helping clients, design, fit out and equip facilities including building works, flooring, fitness equipment, changing rooms and reception areas. He also created and operated boxing ‘experience’ studios and organised white collar boxing shows.

Steven said: “My biggest passion is helping customers create innovative, world class fitness training spaces. Escape have always been the leaders in this area and with the launch of their latest innovations, I am excited to be back showcasing their world leading products and services to our clients.”

Duncan and Steven are field based, working across multiple sectors including fitness, sport, wellness, spa, hospitality, corporate and education.

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Header image: Steven Sykes and Duncan Black.

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