Slimming world, has taken the keys to their new £8.5 million extension at their headquarters in Alfreton, Derbyshire.
Work began on the new extension in March 2017 and has been carried out by construction company Morgan Sindall to include training facilities, offices, a new restaurant and atrium.
Its handover was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony with Slimming World founder Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE and Morgan Sindall project manager, Peter Maguire, in attendance.
Slimming World has experienced significant growth in the last few years and the extension ensures it has the facilities to provide a great working environment as well as bigger and better training spaces.
The 75,000 sq ft, two-storey headquarters houses new office space for Slimming World’s 350 head office employees alongside a state-of-the-art training centre for its 4,800 franchisee Consultants, who run local community slimming groups throughout the UK and are trained on site.
Margaret Miles-Bramwell says: “As Slimming World’s founder and chair, I couldn’t be more proud of all that we’ve achieved. When I held the very first Slimming World group 49 years ago I couldn’t have imagined how many lives we would go on to transform – for our members achieving their weight-loss dreams, and for those members who go on to become Consultants running their own small businesses.
“In those years, so much has changed – Slimming World has gone on to become the UK’s leading weight-loss organisation – helping hundreds of thousands of people in our weekly groups to lose weight and, importantly, to keep it off for life. We’re proud to work with the NHS, with Public Health England, with the Royal College of Midwives and others to help shape the future of weight management in the UK.
“Our head office is important because it’s home to our dedicated teams who work exceptionally hard to support our fantastic Consultants who, in turn, ensure our members receive the very best service – and that all starts here in Derbyshire. It’s also a home from home for Consultants when they’re receiving training. We’ve experienced huge growth in the last few years, and our new building will ensure we have the facilities to give our people a great working environment and a bigger, better, state-of-the art training centre.“People have always been at the heart of Slimming World’s success and so ensuring that our people – our head office staff and Consultants – have the facilities and environment they need to do the best job possible has been a real priority for us. I’m confident that our fabulous new building will ensure that we continue to be at the forefront of weight management now and for many years to come. Extra-special thanks go to Morgan Sindall, whose care and professionalism during this construction has been outstanding. They really have delivered everything we wanted and more.”
Sean Bowles, managing director of the central region of Morgan Sindall construction said: “From the outset of this project we have worked closely with Slimming World to understand its vision and create a space with a ‘wow factor’ for the company’s staff and Consultants.
“The building provides a fantastic end-user experience for those who come to work and attend training here and will enable Slimming World to continue to provide the best service to its members throughout the UK.